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by Jim Patterson | Posted on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011 — 11:41 AM
“The Sustainability Project represents a compelling application of the full diversity of Vanderbilt’s academic expertise to one of the most complex and urgent human challenges of our time,” said Carolyn Dever, dean of the College of Arts and Science.
“In the year to come and for many years ahead, our shared work on sustainability will change this campus and the world for the better.”
The goal is to create a dialogue across all parts of the campus about environmental, social and economic sustainability. Among the activities:
The initiative, coordinated by the American Studies Program at Vanderbilt, is supported by the College of Arts and Science Fant fund.
Teresa Goddu, director of American Studies and associate professor of English, said that sustainability “is the most pressing question of our time.” Goddu is an expert in 19th century American literature and is finishing a book on the antislavery movement.
“When I think about the most important social reform needed in our time, it’s addressing the issue of global climate change. Your times demand certain things of you. In our lifetime, the call to action is this.”
For an updated list of all events go to the Sustainability section of the American Studies website.
The Sustainability Project is also on Facebook at American Studies at Vanderbilt University.
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