Prof. Rachel Havrelock wins major award from Humanities Without Walls, Global Midwest Consortium

Professor Rachel Havrelock, has won major award from the Humanities Without Walls, Global Midwest Consortium.  Havrelock will establish The Freshwater Lab for water policy and diplomacy.  The Freshwater Lab will host issue driven courses, conferences, research projects, and working groups.  The Lab will formulate humanistic approaches to ecological issues and will help articulate scientific findings about the health and future of freshwater systems to the wider public.

Havrelock is the lead investigator in the multi-campus grant with partners at the University of Michigan and Michigan State University.

Havrelock and her team will launch The Freshwater Lab at the â Water After Borders:  Global Stakes, Local Politics summit at UIC  April 23-24th, 2015.  The summit will feature conversations among International governmental officials, Humanities scholars, and the directors of Ecopeace Middle East, plus heads of Chicago NGOs. The Summit will culminate with a panel that will bring together mayors from Great Lakes area and the Jordan River Valley, who will initiate a Sister Cities water agreement.

The Freshwater Lab is supported by the Humanities Without Walls consortium, based at the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the UIC Institute for the Humanities. The Humanities Without Walls consortium is funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.