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American Studies Sustainability Project

Sustainability Events, 2/06 - 2/12

Peter Gleick: "Conflicting Visions for Water: Common Property or Private Good?"

Thursday, February 9, 2012 , 4:10 PM
Black Cultural Center Auditorium

Dr. Peter H. Gleick is co-founder and president of the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security in Oakland, California. His research and writing address the critical connections between water and human health, the hydrologic impacts of climate change, sustainable water use, privatization and globalization, and international conflicts over water resources. Dr. Gleick is an internationally recognized water expert and was named a MacArthur Fellow in October 2003 for his work. He serves on the boards of numerous journals and organizations, and is the author of many scientific papers and seven books, including the biennial water report, The World's Water, and the new Bottled and Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water.

Cosponsors: Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and the Environment, the Climate Change Research Network, and the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences

Cumberland Project Working Group

Friday, February 10, 3:00 PM
Buttrick 123

Join the Cumberland Project Working Group this Friday from 3-4pm in Buttrick 123. We will be hearing from Lori Troxel, Chalene Helmuth and Leslie Kirby about 3 very interesting courses related to sustainability, ones about which there will be much to discuss. For more information, contact Joe Bandy,

Black Migration Symposium

February 10, Vanderbilt University’s Black Cultural Center Auditorium
February 11, Fisk University’s Jubilee Hall

Black Migration Symposium seeks to examine from interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary perspectives a range of issues pertaining to the challenges, possibilities, and tensions that have emerged from the migration and settlement of Black/black people—self-identified and identified as such—in varying sites and contexts in Africa and the African diaspora, in particular the Americas, the Caribbean, and Europe.

Our aim is not simply to explore Black migration, but also to interrogate the very questions, concepts, and experiences that have informed this ever-evolving process relative to the arts (broadly understood), identity matters, intergroup relations, politics, policies, and race as well as trends in research and pedagogy.

Admission to the Symposium is FREE and open to the public. For more information and program details, visit our website:

Next Week

2012 Cumberland Project Proposals Due

Wednesday, February 15
Vanderbilt's Program in American Studies and the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching are proud to announce a second round of proposals for the Cumberland Project. Modeled on Emory University’s Piedmont Project and Northern Arizona University’s Ponderosa Project, the Cumberland Project is a two-day workshop on May 7th and 8th, 2012 in which Vanderbilt faculty engage in discussions and course designing workshops with Vanderbilt leaders in sustainability education. The workshop joins intellectual stimulation with an opportunity to meet with faculty from around the university and to learn about an array of sustainability resources available on our campus and within our community.

Participants will receive $500 in research funds for their participation in the two-day workshop.

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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Upcoming Events

2/9 4:10 p.m.
Peter Gleick, Conflicting Visions for Water: Common Property or Private Good?

2/10 3:00 p.m.
Cumberland Project Working Group

Proposals for the Cumberland Project Due

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

Symposium: "Barriers to Renewable Energy"

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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