Skip to Content

American Studies

E-News | American Studies - Sustainability Project | Vanderbilt University
American Studies Sustainability Project

Welcome Back!

The Spring semester of the Sustainability Project will be as action packed as the first. Stay tuned for the Amer 300 Lecture Series, "The Commons: History, Sustainability, Activism," the continuation of the Green Bag Luncheon Series, Road Trips, and much, much more.

Next Week

Lewis Hyde: "Defending the Cultural Commons"

January 19, 2012, 4:10 p.m., Johnson Center Auditorium
Lewis Hyde is a poet, essayist, translator, and cultural critic with a particular interest in the public life of the imagination. A MacArthur Fellow and former director of undergraduate creative writing at Harvard University, 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

MLK Weekend of Service

Visit the Office of Active Citizenship and Service website, for a great list of service opportunities including work with Nashville Mobile Market, Vandy SPEAR, Vanderbilt Garden Initiative, Vanderbilt Sierra Club, and Second Harvest Nashville.

Road Trip: Nashville Environmental Justice

Explore key sites in the battle for environmental justice in Nashville with David Padgett, Associate Professor of Geography at Tennessee State University; Joe Bandy, Assistant Director of the Center for Teaching; and local activists.

This trip is part of the American Studies Sustainability Project.

Later this Semester

Lecture Series: "The Commons: History, Sustainability, Activism"

Lewis Hyde
Defending the Cultural Commons

January 19, 2012, 4:10 p.m., Johnson Center Auditorium

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

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

February 9, 2012, 4:10 p.m.


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

Elinor Ostrom
Updating the Theory of Collective Action and the Commons
March 1, 2012, 4:10 p.m.


Cosponsors: Department of Political Science and the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions

David Bollier
The Commons as a Counterpoint to the Market/State Duopoly

March 29, 2012, 4:10 p.m.

Green Bag Luncheon Series

Sustainable Food Choices Offered by VU Dining/Cooking with Herbs
Presenters: Suzanne Herron, VU Dining; Stacey Kendrick, Health Plus
Wednesday, January 25

Green Spring Cleaning
Wednesday, February 29

Sustainable Landscaping and Gardening
Wednesday, March 28

Sustainable Travel
Wednesday, April 18

All Sessions Noon to 1pm, Sarratt 189

Symposium: "Barriers to Renewable Energy"

Friday, February 24, 2012
Organized by the Vanderbilt Law Review and Climate Change Research Network

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

Thursday, February 23 - Friday, February 24, 2012
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

Stay Connected and Spread the Word!

   

Upcoming Events

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

1/25 12:00 p.m.
Green Bag Luncheon Series: Sustainable Food Choices

2/4
Road Trip: Nashville Environmental Justice

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

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

2/24
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


sustainability

 
     
Contact Us: 132 Buttrick Hall (615)343-8724 americanstudies@vanderbilt.edu
Vanderbilt Operator (615) 322-7311

 

©