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American Studies Sustainability Project

Bill McKibben Lectures Next Week!!

The American Studies Sustainability Project kicks off with a lecture by Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature and Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet on Thursday, September 22, at 5:00 in Ingram Hall, Blair School of Music. His talk is titled Global and Local: Reports from the Fight for a Working Planet, and will be followed by a reception and book signing. 

American Studies Road Trip Series: Blue Gold: Water Rights and Wrongs

Wednesday, October 5, 4 pm to 7 pm
Registration Deadline, Wednesday, September 28, 5pm
Join us for a tour of the Metro Nashville Water Treatment Plant at Whites Creek with Cecelia Tichi, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of English. Learn about Metro Nashville's efforts to treat waste water in a sustainable way.
Email: to register. This trip is part of the American Studies Sustainability Project.

OACS Eco Rolling Seminar 2011:  A Look at the Environment through the Lens of Mountain Top Removal

Fall Break: October 6- 8, 2011
Application deadline: 5pm, Friday, September 30
The Eco Rolling Seminar takes an in-depth look at the critical issue of the environment and energy through the lens of mountain top removal (mtr). Students will travel to Hindman, Kentucky in 3 vans. Accommodations are at the historic Hindman Settlement School, nestled in the Appalachian hills. The trip includes panel discussions, a tour of an active mountain top removal site by a coal company plus a bee hive reclamation site. You will wear beekeeper gear!  Expect to do some hiking!!

Discussions will be devoted to community activism, bio diversity, "Ecological philosophy" and the current state of energy and energy alternatives.

Cost of the seminar for all Vanderbilt students is $75.00 which includes meals, accommodations and transportation.
Faculty cost:$240
For more information and to register, visit the OACS Website.

Vanderbilt participants:

  • Beth Conklin - Anthropology Department
  • Leslie Kirby - Psychology Department

The Eco Rolling Seminar is sponsored by The Office of Active Citizenship and Service and the Office of the Dean of Students. Co-sponsored by American Studies and SPEAR.

For further information about the Eco Rolling Seminar contact Shaiya Baer: or 615 429.5804

Vandy SPEAR:

  • CLIMATE CONNECTIONS CARNIVAL: This year, in conjunction with's National Day of Action (9/24), we're putting on a carnival to show how the climate affects every aspect of our lives, and we need lots of volunteers! Email Nicole:
  • ECO-SUDS: Interested in helping make soap from biodiesel byproducts? Email Emma:

Volunteer Opportunity: Green Homes Tour of Middle Tennessee, October 8-9

You will become an expert on Green Homes. As a team you will be on site on the tour days to meet visitors to ensure a perfect view of the green Home. Green Home Managers become experts on their homes and will help assist with tickets, directing people to areas, orientation of the Home and yard, provide educational resources, and help with parking, crowd control and basic instructions (health and safety.

For more information, contact Dave Parker:

Other Sustainability Events in September:

  • International Lens Screening: How I Ended This Summer (2010), Wednesday, September 21, 7:00 p.m. Sarratt Cinema (Discussion led by Kostya Kustanovich)
  • Green Screen: The Last Mountain Nationwide Campus Skype Event, Wednesday, September 21, 7:00 p.m., Commons Multipurpose Room
  • Vanderbilt Dining: Annual Farm to Fork, Tuesday, September 27, 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Peabody Esplanade
  • Laura Dassow Walls, William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame: Alexander von Humboldt’s American Horizons, September 29, 2011, 5:00 p.m., Buttrick 306.

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Upcoming Events

9/21 7:00 p.m.
I-Lens: How I Ended  This Summer 

9/21 7:00 p.m.
Green Screen:The Last Mountain 

9/22 5:00 p.m.
Bill McKibben, Author of Eaarth,  Global and Local: Reports from the Fight for a Working Planet 

9/29 4:10 p.m.
Laura Dassow Walls, Alexander von Humboldt’s American Horizons 

OACS Eco Rolling Seminar 2011

10/09 2:00 p.m.
Green Screen: Queen of the Sun 

10/13 5:00 p.m.
Gabriel Warren, Polar Probings: Sculpture by Gabriel Warren (Opening Reception) 

10/19 4:10 p.m.
Van Jones, Rebuild The American Dream: Green Jobs & Beyond


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