About Our Sponsors


Water after Borders is made possible by the generous support and contributions offered by the following organizations.



Humanities Without Walls


Humanities Without Walls

Run by the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities

About the organization:

"The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded $3,000,000 to the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to fund the first two years of an extensive consortium of fifteen humanities institutes in the Midwest and beyond. By leveraging the strengths of multiple distinctive campuses, the initiative, titled “Humanities Without Walls,” aims to create new avenues for collaborative research, teaching, and the production of scholarship in the humanities, forging and sustaining areas of inquiry that cannot be created or maintained without cross-institutional cooperation.

The grant, led by IPRH Director and Principal Investigator Dianne Harris, will make possible two initiatives: One supports the development of summer workshops for pre-doctoral students in the humanities who intend to pursue careers outside the academy; A second initiative will fund cross-institutional teams of faculty and graduate students pursuing research that focuses on a grand challenge: “The Global Midwest.” The latter is intended to stimulate collaborative research that rethinks and reveals the Midwest as a key site—both now and in the past—in shaping global economies and cultures..." - quoted from HWW website.

Water after Borders is a component of the aforementioned "Global Midwest" initiative, and there is a list of other Global Midwest projects available via the HWW website.

View HWW's website



UIC Institute for the Humanities


Institute for the Humanities

At the University of Illinois - Chicago

About the organization:

"The Institute for the Humanities at the University of Illinois at Chicago seeks to foster an intellectually vital, interdisciplinary community of scholars working at one of the nation's most exciting urban research centers. As the hub of humanities scholarship on campus, the Institute provides a forum for intellectual exchange among faculty and students at UIC and other colleges and universities in the region. At its base, the Institute for the Humanities highlights the importance of public higher education and provides a space for the vigorous debate and exchange so crucial in a democratic society..." - quoted from IFTH website.

Water after Borders makes its home in the Institute's facilities on the University of Illinois - Chicago campus, and we would like to thank the Institute's faculty for their support of the summit, including their contributions to its coordination and promotion.

View the IFTH's website



UIC Institute for Environmental Science & Policy


Institute for Environmental Science & Policy

At the University of Illinois - Chicago

About the organization:

"At UIC, there is significant depth in environmental research and scholarship. However, as at many universities, this expertise extends over many colleges and departments. In recognition of this, over 40 faculty and staff members from among 12 departments and three centers met for a two-day planning session in May of 1998 during which the vision and basic mission of IESP were set forth, and a formal petition seeking to form the institute was drafted.

There was a strong consensus that a university-wide environmental institute was needed to promote collaboration across colleges and departments, catalyze the formation of interdisciplinary research groups on campus, and increase efforts to obtain external funding in various environmental areas including: ecological restoration, systems ecology, landscape ecology, environmental chemistry, urban ecology, transportation systems, urban planning, market-based tools for pollution control, computational modeling, risk assessment, life cycle assessment, industrial ecology, design for the environment, material flow analysis, occupational health and safety, [and] environmental technology...

IESP now includes a four-person staff, nine joint faculty members, postdoctoral research associates, graduate students and predoctoral fellows, and affiliated faculty from across the university. We continue to increase our activities and broaden our efforts to address today’s critical environmental issues, with the City of Chicago providing an ideal laboratory." - quoted from the IESP's website.

View the IESP's website