Past Event

Reflecting Pool: Water and Regional Expressions of Culture and Identity

How do people along rivers, lakes, and other bodies of water embrace them as part of their identity, culture, and community? How have the great rivers in Western Illinois shaped history?

Join us as we explore water, identity, and community in literature, art, and history.


  • Gregory Vogel, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; Research Associate, Center for American Archeology
  • John Hallwas, Ph.D. – Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of English, Western Illinois University
  • Diane Dillon, Ph.D. – Assistant Director of Research and Education, Newberry Library
  • Ryan Lewis – Program Officer, Illinois Humanities Council (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 call 312.422.5580.

This event is presented in partnership with the Galesburg Public Library.

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.