The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

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Centennial Activities

Chicago Matters: Beyond Burnham

WBEZ Radio 91.5 FM

Chicago Matters: Beyond Burnham will examine the demands placed on the city and the region by the global economy. We’ll ask whether we possess all the elements to function as a global economic center in the coming decades. We’ll learn about the challenges and opportunities that our diverse residents and communities face when accessing our region’s many resources. We’ll explore the political, social and environmental questions important to our future place in the world. [MORE]

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 6:00pm

All's Fair in Oil and Water: Conflicts, Compromises, and Compacts

Illinois Humanities Council

Access to valuable natural resources has often generated conflict between nations, regions, communities, individuals, and corporations. What can we learn about how tensions over oil and water have been handled in the past? How are communities pitted against each other when it comes to access and control of these resources? How can we address current and prevent future disagreements?

Tuesday, February 17, 2009 7:00pm

Crosscurrents: Ethanol, Oil, and Water in Southern Illinois

Illinois Humanities Council

Ethanol shows promise as a replacement for fossil fuels, yet requires significant water and land resources to produce. What is the promise of ethanol and what are its limitations?  How does producing ethanol influence the supply and demand for water?
This program of the Illinois Humanities Council's year-long "All Consuming" series examines the environmental and ethical questions involved in increased ethanol production.
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Saturday, September 26, 2009 11:00am to 4:00pm

Daniel Burnham Scavenger Hunt

WBEZ Radio 91.5 FM

Join us for a city-wide scavenger hunt, celebrating the life and work of Daniel Burnham.  This day-long scavenger hunt will have a total of three separate hunts. Do one, two, or all three to compete. The three hunts will take place in the Loop, the South Loop and Hyde Park. Cars aren't necessary, though you may want to use bicycles or the CTA. You decide the order of your hunts. The overall winner must complete all three hunts. [MORE]

Thursday, August 13, 2009 6:00pm

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

Columbia College Chicago

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?

Saturday, October 24, 2009 11:00am

Wellsprings Eternal: Imagination and Innovation for Oil and Water


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, community, and global level?
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Tuesday, January 27, 2009 6:00pm

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?

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