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Public Forum about Domesticated Hens Bill, 2011-47

Monday, December 12, 6:30-7:30 pm, Wilson 115
Council members, representatives of Metro Health Dept. and Codes Administrators., and grassroots backyard hen advocates will discuss the bill allowing residents to raise hens in their backyards. Ask others to attend! See more information on the Urban Chicken Advocates of Nashville (UCAN) Facebook page or contact See Nashville backyard chicken ordinance NO. BL2011-47.


  • Councilwoman KAREN BENNETT - facilitating
  • TOM SHARP, Policy Director, Metro Nashville Health Dept
  • BILL PENN, Assistant Director, Metro Codes Department
  • MARY PAT BOATFIELD, UCAN (Urban Chicken Advocates of Nashville)
  • Nashville Food Policy Council Representative

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Coming in January

Lewis Hyde: "Defending the Cultural Commons"

January 19, 2012, 4:10 p.m.
A MacArthur Fellow and former director of undergraduate creative writing at Harvard University, Lewis Hyde teaches during the fall semesters at Kenyon College, where he is the Richard L. Thomas Professor of Creative Writing. During the rest of the year he lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he is a Faculty Associate at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Hyde's most recent book, Common as Air, is a spirited defense of our "cultural commons," that vast store of ideas, inventions, and works of art that we have inherited from the past and continue to enrich in the present.

Cosponsors: Department of English, The Martha Ingram Rivers Commons, and Department of Philosophy

ASCE: Integrated Approach to Sustainability Workshop

Join local and national sustainability leaders to learn how you can incorporate the principles of sustainability into the practice of civil engineering. Earn 4 PDHs.

  • WHEN: January 19, 2012 – 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • WHERE: Sheraton Music City Hotel, Nashville, TN
  • Keynote Speaker: State Senator Andy Berke (D-Chattanooga)
  • Register Online or (800) 548-2723

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Upcoming Events

1/19 4:10 p.m.
Lewis Hyde, Defending the Cultural Commons

2/9 4:10 p.m.
Peter Gleick

2/23 All Day
Spring Literary Symposium: Sustainability and Creative Writing

3/1 4:10 p.m.
Elinor Ostrom, Updating the Theory of Collective Action and the Commons

3/20 4:10 p.m.
David Bollier, The Commons as a Counterpoint to the Market/State Duopoly


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