UIC Freshwater Lab hosts “Militarizing Rivers”

Date / Time

April 8, 2021

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


The UIC Freshwater Lab hosts “Militarizing Rivers,” a digital event on Thursday, April 8, 2021 from 6pm – 7:30 pm CST. 

Why do we call a river, a waterbody known for turns and bends, a pipeline? We think of rivers coursing in a natural path, but pipelines direct flows according to human will. The Chicago River is only one example of how a waterway can be harnessed, straightened into a canal and pressed into the service of conveying coal, oil and petroleum coke. As part of the Backward River project, team members Kathleen Blackburn and Citlalli Trujillo talk water, oil and how water bodies have been straightened and subdued by armed forces with eco-feminist Banu Subramaniam; river policy expert Jeremy Cherson; and historian Robin McDowell. Watch the live stream on Freshwater Lab’s YouTube channel or Facebook page.

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