Past Event

No Silver Bullets: Unintended Consequences of Oil and Water Solutions

How have we developed technology and policy to manage oil and water resources through history? Historically, have we found what we thought was the “silver bullet” that would solve the problem, only to discover often unanticipated social, economical, and ecological costs? What “slick solutions” will we come up with next?

Join us as we discuss the difficulty of finding easy solutions to oil and water problems through the examples of dams in India and the development of ethanol as an alternative fuel.


  • Amita Baviskar, Ph.D. – Professor of Sociology, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi
  • Silvia Secchi, Ph.D.. – Assistant Professor, Energy Economics and Policy, Department of Agribusiness Economics, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  • Kathleen Morrison, Ph.D. – Professor of Anthropology and Social Sciences and Director of the Center for International Studies, University of Chicago (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.

From 6 to 7 p.m., attendees are invited to view an exhibition in the 2nd floor Board Room at the Indo-American Heritage Museum featuring an exquisite pichai (story scroll of episodes from Krishna’s life), a replica of Gandhi’s spinning wheel, and photographs of ritual activities, special celebrations, and historic occasions.

This event is presented in partnership with the Indo-American Center, the Indo-American Heritage Museum, and the South Asia Language and Area Center 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.