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March 19, 2020-March 21, 2020.  Religion, Ecology, and Economics Conference, School of Divinity. This conference will address ecology, economics, and religion connections with respect to Christianity.  On Thursday night, 7-8:30, Bill McKibben will be the guest speaker (via remote connection). The academic conference will be on Friday and Saturday. You need to pre-register for the McKibben lecture in Benton Chapel.  For more information, see

Emmanuel Henry will be the guest on Friday, March 27. He’ll speak briefly at 8am in Buttrick at the VIEE meeting. He’ll talk in more detail about his research at noon in 209 Garland as part of an event cohosted by Sociology, the Science Studies network, and the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program.  Details will follow. He is Professor of SOciology at Université Paris-Dauphine, PSL University and a visiting professor at the Center for Health and Well-Being at Princeton. He is currently working on the links between scientific knowledge (and ignorance), expertise, and public policy in the field of public health (mostly regarding occupational and environmental health). He was previously in charge of the research program INDEX granted by the French National Research Agency on the independence of expertise in the field of public health. As head of this program, he co-edited a dictionary of expertise (Dictionnaire critique de l’expertise. Santé environnement travail, Paris, Presses de Sciences Po, 2015). He also is author of two books, the first about the issue of asbestos in France (Amiante: un scandale improbable. Sociologie d’un problème public, Rennes, Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2007) and the second about the role of ignorance and undone science in the production of public inaction in the occupational health field (Ignorance scientifique et inaction publique. Les politiques de santé au travail, Paris, Presses de Sciences Po, 2017).



Fall Semester

Friday, Sept. 27, 2:30-4:30.  Field trip to Nashville’s Music City Center.

Oct. 1.  4:30pm. Peabody Wyatt Rotunda. Bob Bullard, a founder of environmental justice studies.

Nov.  13, 6pm Green Jobs event.  Wilson 123,  Pizza served. Open to the campus community. Vanderbilt alumni will speak about their experiences: Elaine Boyd (TDEC), Chelsea Hamilton (SEMO), Gracelyn Jones (Wilmot, Inc.,), Sally Palmer (Nature Conservancy), and Grace Robertson (LightWave Solar Electric)