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American Studies Sustainability Project

Sustainability Events, 3/26 - 4/1

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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James L. Wescoat, Jr.: "Water and Work in the Mughal Landscape"

Thursday, April 5, at 4:10pm in Cohen 203
James L. Wescoat, Jr., is Aga Khan Professor in the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at M.I.T. His research has concentrated on water systems in South Asia and the US from the site to river basin scales. He led the Smithsonian Institution's project titled, "Garden, City, and Empire: The Historical Geography of Mughal Lahore," which resulted in a co-edited volume on Mughal Gardens: Sources, Places, Representations, Prospects, and The Mughal Garden: Interpretation, Conservation, and Implications with colleagues from the University of Engineering and Technology-Lahore. More recently, he led an NSF-funded project on "Water and Poverty in Colorado." He is currently conducting comparative research on international water problems. In 2003, he published Water for Life: Water Management and Environmental Policy with geographer Gilbert F. White (Cambridge University Press); and in 2007 he co-edited Political Economies of Landscape Change: Places of Integrative Power (Springer Publishing) for LAF Landscape Futures Initiative.

Sponsors: The 2011/12 "Sacred Ecology" Faculty Fellows Program of the Warren Center for the Humanities and the History of Art Department.

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Upcoming Events

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.
James Wescoat, Water and Work in the Mughal Landscape

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

4/18 5:00 p.m.
Shade Grown: An Evening of Environmental Poetry, Spoken Word, Songs, Comedy and Short Performances


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