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Yours, Mine, Ours, or Theirs? Accessing and Controlling Oil and Water

Yours, Mine, Ours, or Theirs? Accessing and Controlling Oil and Water

Are oil and water resources to be stewarded and shared or commodities to be bought and sold? Does any person, country, or community own oil and water resources? How do the concepts of ownership and stewardship affect access to oil and water? What questions are raised by the privatization of resources?
This public program—part of the Illinois Humanities Council's year-long statewide series: All-Consuming: Conversations on Oil and Water—explores ownership and stewardship of oil and water globally through the story of Venezuela's oil industry and locally through the documentary The Water Front, which examines water privatization as experienced by the African-American community of Highland Park, Michigan.

  • Fernando Coronil, Ph.D. - Presidential Professor, Department of Anthropology, City University of New York
  • Marian Kramer - National Co-Chair, National Welfare Rights Union (featured in The Water Front)
  • Elizabeth Miller - Director, The Water Front
  • Sabina L. Shaikh, Ph.D. - Lecturer, Public Policy and Program on Global Environment, University of Chicago Senior Research Economist, RCF Economic Consulting (moderator)
  • Maureen D. Taylor - State Chair, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization (featured in The Water Front)

Program Partners

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]

Loyola University Museum of Art

The Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) was founded in 2005 on the Water Tower Campus of Loyola University Chicago. LUMA is located on the Magnificent Mile at Water Tower in Lewis Towers, an historic 1927 Gothic Revival building. The ...[MORE]

University of Illinois at Chicago

UIC provides the broadest access to the highest levels of intellectual excellence. It's mission is:

  • To create knowledge that transforms our views of the world and, through sharing and application, transforms the world.
  • To provide a wide range of ...

WBEZ Radio 91.5 FM

Chicago Public Radio is a community-supported, public service broadcasting institution. We offer programs that speak with many voices to community needs and are a reflection of the distinctive and diverse Chicago area. We help listeners learn about issues and ideas ...[MORE]

This program was offered on these dates:
Tuesday, January 27, 2009 6:00pm

Illinois Humanities Council

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


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