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American Studies Sustainability Project

Sustainability Events, 3/19 - 3/25

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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Green Bag Luncheon Series: Sustainable Landscaping and Gardening

Wednesday, March 38 at 12:00pm, Sarratt 189
Presenters: Julie Berbiglia, Metro Water Services; Mark Kerske, Gardens of Babylon

Sponsored by the Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) and the American Studies Sustainability Project, the Green Bag luncheon series focuses on the environment and sustainability, both at work and at home. This educational series features informal lunchtime discussions and/or workshops – from sustainable food and dining choices to backyard composting to utility savings at home and work and much more. So bring your lunch and join us to learn interesting ways to incorporate sustainability into your life!

For more information or to view past Green Bag sessions, visit,, or contact SEMO.

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

March 29, 2012, 4:10 p.m.
Black Cultural Center Auditorium

David Bollier is an American activist, writer, and policy strategist. He is Senior Fellow at the Norman Lear Center at the USC Annenberg School for Communication, collaborates frequently with television writer/producer Norman Lear, and writes technology-related reports for the Aspen Institute. Bollier is also editor of On the Commons where he frequently writes. Bollier calls his work “focused on reclaiming the commons, understanding how digital technologies are changing democratic culture, fighting the excesses of intellectual property law, fortifying consumer rights and promoting citizen action." His books include Silent Theft: The Private Plunder of Our Commons Wealth (2002), Brand Name Bullies: The Quest to Own and Control Culture (2005), and Viral Spiral: How the Commoners Built a Digital Republic of Their Own (2009).

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Upcoming Events

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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