Press Release


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

CHICAGO – What are the main water demands in Western Illinois, and how do we decide how those demands are met? How can understanding the history of water use and pollution of the Mississippi River guide the choices we make today? What are the ethical issues inherent in the conflict between our immediate needs and those of future generations?  In "It All Flows Downstream: Water Consumption and Consequences," panelists will raise key questions about how we access and control water in Western Illinois.

This event will take place on Sunday, April 26 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Gateway Building (200 Northeast Water Street, Peoria). It is free and open to the public; reservations are not required. For more information, visit or call Joan Erickson at 309.246.8403.

The panelists for this program are: John Anfinson, Ph.D., Historian, Mississippi National River and Recreation Area; Misganaw Demissie, Ph.D., Director, Illinois State Water Survey; Christopher H. Pearson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; and Paul Heltne, Ph.D., Director, Center for Humans and Nature (moderator). 

This program is presented in partnership with the Sun Foundation, with additional support from Illinois American Water.

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 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, the IHC creates programs and funds organizations that promote greater understanding of, appreciation for, and involvement in the humanities by all Illinoisans, regardless of their economic resources, cultural background, or geographic location. The IHC is supported by state, federal, and private funds.

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