Past Event

All's Fair in Oil and Water: Conflicts, Compromises, and Compacts

Access to valuable natural resources has often generated conflict between nations, regions, communities, individuals, and corporations. What can we learn about how tensions over oil and water have been handled in the past? How are communities pitted against each other when it comes to access and control of these resources? How can we address current and prevent future disagreements?

In All’s Fair in Oil and Water, we will use the story of the Great Lakes Compact, current clashes over oil in Nigeria, and the documentary Water Pressures, which tells the story of a collaborative water management model in India, to examine conflict over oil and water.


  • Clement Adibe, Ph.D. – Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, DePaul University  
  • Ann E. Feldman, Ph.D. – Founder and Artistic Director, artistic circles
  • Samuel W. Speck, Ph.D. – U.S. Commissioner, International Joint Commission
  • Jerome McDonnell – Host, Worldview, Chicago Public Radio (moderator)

This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required and can be made online, by email at, or by calling 312.422.5580.

Persons with disabilities that may need assistance should contact the International House Office of Programs & External Relations in advance of the program at 773.753.2275.

This event is presented in partnership with artistic circles, the Center for International Studies at the University of Chicago, and International House Global Voices Program at the University of Chicago.

Lead sponsorship for All-Consuming is provided by the Motorola Foundation and The Boeing Company, with additional support provided by Illinois American Water.
Chicago Public Radio and Illinois Channel are the media sponsors.