Past Event

It All Flows Downstream: Water Consumption and Consequences

From the Rock River watershed to the Mississippi River watershed, we are all connected in northern Illinois, and the choices we make about how we use water at the regional, local, and personal level affect all of us.

What are the main water demands in northern Illinois, and how do we decide how those demands are met? How can understanding the history of water use and pollution of our waterways guide the choices make today? What are the ethical issues inherent in the conflict between the short term needs of people and communities and the long term needs of the environment and of future generations?

It All Flows Downstream will raise key questions about how we access and control water in northern Illinois.


  • Misganaw Demissie, Ph.D. – Director, Illinois State Water Survey
  • Christopher H. Pearson, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
  • Kendall M. Thu, Ph.D. – Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Northern Illinois University
  • Diana Swanson, Ph.D. – Associate Professor of Women’s Studies & English, Northern Illinois University (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 Northern Illinois University Women’s Studies Program.

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.