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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. 

But wait…there's more!

Green Bag Luncheon Series:
Cooking with Sustainable and Local Foods from the VU Farmers’ Market

Wednesday, September 21, Noon – 1pm, Sarratt 189
Presenters: Stacey Kendrick, health educator at Health Plus; Jeff Themm, Nashville Farmers’ Market Director

This educational series, sponsored by the Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) and the American Studies Sustainability Project, 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!

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I-Lens: How I Ended This Summer (2010)

Wednesday, September 21, 7:00 p.m. Sarratt Cinema (Free)
Discussion led by Kostya Kustanovich

Sergei and Pavel are the only scientists stationed on a desolate outpost in the Arctic Circle. They are conditioned to the isolation and harsh surroundings of their meteorological station but when Pavel receives important radio message, he can’t find the right time to tell Sergei. Madness sets in as fear, lies, and suspicions start poisoning their delicate atmosphere in this stunning existential drama of survival. Russian with English Subtitles. Not Rated. 124 mins. 35mm.

Green Screen: The Last Mountain Nationwide Campus Skype Event

Wednesday, September 21, 7:00 p.m., Commons Multipurpose Room (Free)

The Last Mountain is a movie depicting the effects and controversy over mountain-top removal mining, a practice which involves destroying mountain faces to access coal deposits, causing environmental, health and ethical dilemmas. While focusing on the issue of coal mining, the movie also questions the larger problem of human energy consumption and creation.

Moving Planet Day: 24 September 2011

CLIMATE CONNECTIONS CARNIVAL: This year, in conjunction with's National Day of Action (9/24), Vandy SPEAR is putting on a carnival to show how the climate affects every aspect of our lives, and we need lots of volunteers! Email Nicole:

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

October 5, 4 pm to 7 pm
Registration Deadline: 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.

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, 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, $240 for Faculty. Registration includes meals, accommodations and transportation.

For more information and to register, visit the OACS Website.

Vanderbilt participants:

  • Beth Conklin - Anthropology Department
  • Leslie Kirby - Psychology Department
  • David Wood - Philosophy 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: shaiya.baer@vanderbilt.eduor 615 429.5804

Vandy SPEAR:

  • ECO-SUDS: Interested in helping make soap from biodiesel byproducts? Email Emma:

Other Sustainability Events in September:

  • 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 12:00 p.m.
Green Bag Luncheon Series: Cook with Local and Sustainable Foods from the VU Farmer's Market

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 

October 5, 4 pm to 7 pm
American Studies Road Trip Series: Blue Gold, Water Rights and Wrongs

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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