Press Release


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

CHICAGO – In the U.S., we use an average of 400 liters of water a day per person. In India, the average is 4 liters. As we consider our carbon footprints, perhaps we should also consider our oil and water footprints. What do we know about how much of these resources we use? Who ultimately bears the cost of our consumption of these resources? Join us as we examine historical and ethical perspectives on our consumption of oil and water.

This event will take place on Wednesday, July 15 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Field Museum (Simpson Theatre, 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., 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 Attendees will also have an opportunity to view the Field Museum’s new exhibit, Water, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The panelists for this program are: Debra Shore, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (moderator); Clare Butterfield, Director of Faith in Place; and Martin V. Melosi, Ph.D., Distinguished University Professor of History and Director of the Center for Public History at the University of Houston.

"It All Flows Downstream: Following Our Oil and Water Footprints " is presented in partnership with The Field Museum and Faith in Place.

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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