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

CHICAGO – The challenges we face ahead in managing oil and water resources can be daunting. What are the imaginative and creative solutions being developed? Can technology and design really solve the problems we face or will we need to consider much more significant changes and sacrifices at the individual and global level?

This event will take place on Saturday, October 24 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Archeworks (625 N. Kingsbury 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: Scott Bernstein, President and Co-founder of the Center for Neighborhood Technology; Greg Watson, Senior Advisor for Clean Energy Technology at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs and Vice President for Sustainable Development at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative; and Henry Henderson, Midwest Program Director for the Natural Resources Defense Council (moderator).

Before the panel discussion, also have the opportunity to learn about Chicago’s award-winning Green Alley Program on a tour of the Couch Place green alley with Janet Attarian, Director for the Chicago Department of Transportation Streetscape and Sustainable Design Program. The tour will begin at 10:00 a.m. in front of the ABC 7 Chicago television studios (190 North State Street). Space is limited and separate reservations for the tour are required. Reserve your place by emailing or calling 312.422.5580.

“Wellsprings Eternal: Imagination and Innovation for Oil and Water” is presented in partnership with Archeworks and the Center for Neighborhood Technology.

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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