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The Illinois Humanities Council presents the third Chicago program in its series: All-Consuming: Conversations on Oil and Water

CHICAGO – Access to valuable natural resources has often generated conflict between communities, individuals, and corporations. What can we learn about how conflicts over oil and water have been handled in the past? How can we address current and prevent future disagreements? In "All’s Fair in Oil and Water," we will examine conflict over oil and water using the Great Lakes Compact, current conflict over oil in Nigeria, and the documentary Water Pressures, about water management in India.

This event will take place on Wednesday, March 18 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at International House at The University of Chicago (1414 E. 59th St., Chicago). It is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. To make reservations or for more information, contact the IHC by phone at 312.422.5580, email, or visit

The panelists for this program are: Clement Adibe, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at DePaul University; Ann E. Feldman, Ph.D., Founder and Artistic Director of artistic circles; Samuel W. Speck, Ph.D., the U.S. Commissioner on the International Joint Commission; and Jerome McDonnell, Host of Worldview on Chicago Public Radio (moderator).

"All’s Fair in Oil and Water: Conflicts, Compromises and Compacts" is presented in partnership with artistic circles, the Center for International Studies at the University of Chicago, and the International House Global Voices Program at the University of Chicago.

From Fall 2008 to Fall 2009, the Illinois Humanities Council (IHC) presents All-Consuming: Conversations on Oil and Water, a year-long statewide series aimed to increase public knowledge of oil and water issues by engaging Illinoisans in conversations about the individual, regional, and global impact of these two essential resources. Programs will feature scholars, scientists, ethicists, artists, and philosophers as guest speakers. For a full calendar of events or for more information, please visit or call 312.422.5580.

Lead sponsorship for All-Consuming: Conversations on Oil and Water is provided by the Motorola Foundation and The Boeing Company, with additional support from Illinois American Water. Chicago Public Radio (WBEZ 91.5) and Illinois Channel are the media sponsors.

The Illinois Humanities Council (IHC) is a nonprofit educational organization (501 {c} 3) dedicated to fostering a culture in which the humanities are a vital part of the lives of individuals and communities.  Organized in 1973 as the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the IHC creates programs and funds organizations that promote greater understanding of, appreciation for, and involvement in the humanities. The IHC is supported by state, federal, and private funds.

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