Past Event

Not a Drop to Spare: Oil and Water Scarcity in Popular Culture

Resource scarcity is a common feature in post-apocalyptic scenarios. How has scarcity of water or oil resources been depicted in films and television programs and what do these depictions tell us about our concerns about these resources? How do they reflect the times in which they were produced?

Join us as we review clips from films such as Mad Max and Waterworld to explore Hollywood’s take on resource scarcity.


  • David J. Reynolds, P.E., LEED AP – Vice President, AECOM
  • Anton Seals – Founder, Creative Young Minds 360 and District Programs Coordinator in the office of Congressman Bobby L. Rush (D-IL)
  • Tom Dowd – Professor, Interactive Arts & Media, Columbia College Chicago

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

This event is presented in partnership with Columbia College Chicago‘s "Critical Encounters: Fact & Faith" series. 

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.