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American Studies Sustainability Project

If you missed Peter Gleick's talk, "Conflicting Visions for Water: Common Property or Private Good?", you can view the video here.

Check out Vanderbilt Year of Sustainability, 2011-2012, a web documentary created by Film and American Studies students, Lindsey Coven and Katie Ullman.

Sustainability Events, 2/12 - 2/19

2012 Cumberland Project Proposals Due

Wednesday, February 15
Faculty who would like to develop a new course module or a new course that engages issues of sustainability and environmental awareness are encouraged to apply. No prior experience with environmental issues in the classroom or in research is necessary. Send a short, one-paragraph description of how you plan to change an existing course or develop a new one that will incorporate environmental and/or sustainability issues in Word format to Joe Bandy, Assistant Director for The Center for Teaching,

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Creative Writing Spring Literary Symposium: "Sustainability and Creative Writing"

Thursday, February 23, 7:00 p.m.
Buttrick Hall 101

A joint reading by:

Alison Hawthorne Deming, author of Rope and editor of The Colors of Nature: Culture, Identity and the Natural World.

John Lane, Associate Professor of English and Environmental Studies and Director of the Glendale Shoals Environmental Studies Center, Wofford College.

Free and Open to the Public. Contact Margaret Quigley for more information.

Robert Penn Warren Center Symposium: Representation and Social Change Symposium

February 23 and 24, 2012
Black Cultural Center Auditorium

The symposium serves as the culminating project of the Fellows' year-long seminar and will include the following sustainability-related sessions:

  • Thursday, February 23, 6:30 p.m.: Screening of Trouble the Water documentary and discussion with Carl Deal and Tia Lessin

  • Friday, February 24, 1:30-3:00 p.m.: J. Robert Cox, Climate Change, Media Convergence, and Public Uncertainty

Visit the Robert Penn Warren Center website for details and the full schedule. Co-sponsors of the symposium: The Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities and the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center

Joel B. Eisen: “The Future of Energy Law: Residential Renewable Energy: By Whom?"

Thursday, February 23, 2012, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Flynn Auditorium, Vanderbilt University Law School

This talk and panel is a part of The Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review Conference.

  • Presentation: Joel B. Eisen, Professor of Law, University of Richmond School of Law
  • Commentors: Regan Farr, Vice President and COO, Silicon Ranch Corporation; Matthew Kisber, President and CEO, Silicon Ranch Corporation; Jim Purcell, Energy Services Manager, Nashville Electric Service; and Stephen Smith, Executive Director, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy

Free and open to the public.

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Vanderbilt Law Review Symposium: “Supply and Demand: Barriers to a New Energy Future"

Friday, February 24, 2012, 8:00am – 4:00pm
Vanderbilt University Law School

Panelists include: Noah Sachs, Professor of Law, University of Richmond School of Law; Katrina Fischer Kuh, Professor of Law, Hofstra University Law School; Dan Farber, Sho Sato Professor of Law, University of California-Berkeley School of Law; Jim Rossi, Harry M. Walborsky Professor & Associate Dean for Research, Florida State University College of Law; Michael Vandenbergh, Professor of Law, Vanderbilt Law School; Dan Tarlock, Distinguished Professor of Law & Director of the Program in Environmental and Energy Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law; Alexandra Klass, Professor of Law & Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, University of Minnesota Law School; Uma Outka, Professor of Law, University of Kansas School of Law; and Sarah Bronin, Professor of Law, University of Connecticut School of Law

Co-Sponsored by the Climate Change Research Network and the Environmental Law Program. For full agenda, visit:

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Upcoming Events

Proposals for the Cumberland Project Due

Robert Penn Warren Center Symposium: Representation and Social Change Symposium

2/23 7:00 p.m.
Spring Literary Symposium: Sustainability and Creative Writing

2/23 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Joel B. Eisen: The Future of Energy Law

2/24 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Symposium: "Barriers to Renewable Energy"

2/29 12:00 p.m. Green Bag Luncheon Series: Green Spring Cleaning

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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