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Not a Drop to Spare: Oil and Water Scarcity in Popular Culture

Not a Drop to Spare: Oil and Water Scarcity in Popular Culture

Resource scarcity is a common feature in post-apocalyptic scenarios. How has scarcity of water or oil resources been depicted in films and television programs and what do these depictions tell us about our concerns about these resources? How do they reflect the times in which they were produced?
During this event—presented in partnership with Columbia College Chicago's "Critical Encounters: Fact & Faith" series and the Illinois Humanities Council's year-long statewide series: All-Consuming: Conversations on Oil and Water—we review clips from films such as Mad Max and Waterworld to explore Hollywood's take on resource scarcity.

  • David J. Reynolds, P.E., LEED AP - Vice President, AECOM
  • Anton Seals - Founder, Creative Young Minds 360 and District Programs Coordinator in the office of Congressman Bobby L. Rush (D-IL)
  • Tom Dowd - Professor, Interactive Arts & Media, Columbia College Chicago

Program Partners

Columbia College Chicago

Columbia is an undergraduate and graduate college whose principal commitment is to provide a comprehensive educational opportunity in the arts, communications, and public information within a context of enlightened liberal education.  Located in Chicago's South Loop community area, Columbia is an ...[MORE]

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]

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:
Thursday, August 13, 2009 6:00pm

Columbia College Chicago

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


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