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Thank you for making Bill McKibben’s visit to Vanderbilt and Moving Planet Day a Success!

This Week--Laura Dassow Walls: Alexander von Humboldt’s American Horizons

September 29, 2011, 4:10 p.m., Buttrick 306.
Professor Walls is William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame. While her work is based in American literature, centered particularly in Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and American Transcendentalism more generally, she seeks to understand these authors in both transdisciplinary and cosmopolitical contexts, leading to a continuing interest in both British and German writers, philosophers, and scientists. Her lecture, Thursday, is based on her most recent book, The Passage to Cosmos: Alexander von Humboldt and the Shaping of America (Chicago 2009), which traces the Humboldt network from Germany to the Americas in science, literature, culture, and politics.

Approaching Deadlines

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

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!!

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
  • SPEAR 

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.

Sustainability Events in October:

  • Polar Probings: Sculpture by Gabriel Warren Opening Reception, Thursday, October 13, 5:00pm, Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery, Cohen Memorial Hall.
  • Van Jones, author of The Green Collar Economy, Rebuild The American Dream: Green Jobs & Beyond, Wednesday, October 19, 4:10pm – 5:30pm, Sarratt Cinema.
  • Green Screen: Crude (2010): Sunday, October 23, 2pm – 4pm, Sarratt Cinema.
  • Green Bag Luncheon Series: Backyard Composting, Friday, October 28, 12:00pm, Sarratt 189.

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Upcoming Events

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

10/04 4 pm to 7pm
American Studies Road Trip Series: Blue Gold: Water Rights and Wrongs

OACS Eco Rolling Seminar 2011

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

10/16 2:00 p.m.
Green Screen: Gasland 

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


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