Past Event

Beyond Lake II: How Do We Protect Access to Fresh Water and Oil Resources?

As a follow-up to an earlier discussion about Lake II, presented by the Citizens Club of Springfield, this program will engage audiences in regional, national, and global conversations that effect more than just the local watershed and ecological zone. The discussion will also include the growth of Illinois industries related to ethanol and biofuels, as well as access to and control of petroleum resources.

Throughout all of these complex issues, questions emerge: Do we share common values about how these resources are managed in the region? Who controls access to these resources? What are the relationships between policy, access, and use? Where should broader, regional conversations about managing these resources be happening? And, how do we create an environment to discuss the ethical issues that emerge?


  • Vern Knapp – Director, Center for Watershed Science, Illinois State Water Survey
  • Dr. Robert Podlasek, Ph.D. – Associate Professor, Dept of Mechanical Engineering, Bradley University
  • Norm Sims – Executive Director, Springfield-Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission
  • Peter S. Wenz, Ph.D. – Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Legal Studies, University of Illinois Springfield (moderator)

This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required. For more information, please contact the Illinois Humanities Council by email or at 312.422.5580.

This event is presented in partnership with the Citizens Club of Springfield.

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.