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No Silver Bullets: Unintended Consequences of Oil and Water Solutions

No Silver Bullets: Unintended Consequences of Oil and Water Solutions

How have we developed technology and policy to manage oil and water resources through history? Historically, have we found what we thought was the "silver bullet" that would solve the problem, only to discover often unanticipated social, economical, and ecological costs? What "slick solutions" will we come up with next?
In this program of the Illinois Humanities Council's year-long "All Consuming" series we discuss the difficulty of finding easy solutions to oil and water problems through the examples of dams in India and the development of ethanol as an alternative fuel.

  • Amita Baviskar, Ph.D. - Professor of Sociology, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi
  • Silvia Secchi, Ph.D.. - Assistant Professor, Energy Economics and Policy, Department of Agribusiness Economics, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  • Kathleen Morrison, Ph.D. - Professor of Anthropology and Social Sciences and Director of the Center for International Studies, University of Chicago (moderator)

From 6 to 7 p.m., attendees are invited to view an exhibition in the 2nd floor Board Room at the Indo-American Heritage Museum featuring an exquisite pichai (story scroll of episodes from Krishna's life), a replica of Gandhi's spinning wheel and photographs of ritual activities, special celebrations and historic occasions.

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Illinois Humanities Council

The Illinois Humanities Council is an educational organization dedicated to fostering a culture in which the humanities are a vital part of the lives of individuals and communities. Through its programs and grants, the IHC promotes greater understanding of, appreciation ...[MORE]

Indo-American Heritage Museum

The Indo-American Heritage Museum (IAHM) is a community-based and inclusive institution, a place where visitors can better understand and experience the rich cultural heritage, fascinating immigrant history and important contemporary developments that shape the lives of millions of Americans of ...[MORE]

Urban Affairs Association

The Urban Affairs Association (UAA) is the international professional organization for urban scholars, researchers, and public service providers. UAA exists to:

  • Encourage the dissemination of information about urbanism and urbanization
  • Support the development of university education, research, ...

This program was offered on these dates:
Monday, May 18, 2009 7:00pm

Illinois Humanities Council

Cost: Free and open to the public. Reservations are required :, 312.422.5580.

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