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American Studies Sustainability Project

Sustainability Events, 3/12 - 3/18

Luz Rivera Martinez: Sowing Struggle: Urban and Rural Social Movements in Tlaxcala, Mexico

Tuesday, March 13th, 4:00 PM
Buttrick 101

Luz of CNUC (Consejo Nacional Urbano Campesino) will speak about her 20 years of experience constructing autonomy, organizing outside the electoral system, and resisting free trade. She established CNUC (the National Urban and Peasant Council) in the late 1980s to coordinate resistance to the impending North American Free Trade Agreement, and today the organization includes thousands of peasant families across the Mexican state of Tlaxcala. As CNUC's lead organizer, Luz has worked tirelessly to demand government accountability, defend family farms, and build inspiring, community-based health, education, and infrastructure projects. Luz is an amazingly inspiring speaker with a wealth of experience and her talk will have important lessons for anyone interested in women's, peasant, and labor movements.

Presentation will be in Spanish with simultaneous translation into English. Luz's tour is organized by the Mexico Solidarity Network and co-sponsored at Vanderbilt by the Robert Penn Warren Center for Humanities, the Center for Latin American Studies, the Vanderbilt Campaign for Fair Food, the Workers' Dignity Project, and the American Studies Sustainability Project.

Introduction to Northwest Earth Institute Small Group Discussion Courses

Thursday, March 15 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Green Hill Library

Since 1996, over 100,000 people nationwide (in work places, faith communities, schools, nonprofits, and neighborhoods) have participated in these courses developed by NWEI (a nonprofit based in Portland OR). Now they're coming to Nashville! Come and learn more. Some example course titles are "Menu for the Future," "Voluntary Simplicity," and "Healthy Children - Healthy Planet." For details, contact John Patrick or Rebecca Selove at 615-876-0899 or at

Next Week

Words and Woods: Featuring Steve Baskauf

Wednesday, March 21, 11:30 am
117 Alumni Hall

The flowers are blooming. On March 21st, at 11:30 a.m., Biology Lecturer Steve Baskauf will lead a tour of the Vanderbilt Arboretum. Baskauf is the creator of Vanderbilt's online tree tour, as well as the creator of Bioimages, an interactive online ecology resource. The tree tour will leave from the Writing Studio at Alumni Hall, and it will be followed by a short writing exercise. Please join us for this special event. Visit the Writing Studio website.

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Upcoming Events

3/13 4:00 p.m.
Luz Rivera Martinez, Sowing Struggle: Urban and Rural Social Movements in Tlaxcala, Mexico

3/21 11:30 a.m.
Words and Woods: Featuring Steve Baskauf

3/28 12:00 p.m.
Green Bag Luncheon Series: Sustainable Landscaping and Gardening

3/29 4:10 p.m.
David Bollier, The Commons as a Counterpoint to the Market/State Duopoly

4/5 4:10 p.m.
Jim Wescoat, Water and Work in the Mughal Landscape

4/18 12:00 p.m.
Green Bag Luncheon Series: Northwest Earth Institute Course Intro


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