In Gratitude

The Backward River reflects the support, contribution and consultation of many people. We take full responsibility for any of its missteps while expressing gratitude to the following:

Funders
  • Freshwater Future Capacity Building Grant
  • Humanities in a Changing Climate Grant, Hydrologies of the Anthropocene: Social Flows and Engineered Watersheds in the Great Lakes Basin. Humanities Without Walls is funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and is based at the Humanities Research Institute
  • UIC Creative Activity Grant
  • UIC Liberal Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Initiative (LASURI)
  • UIC L@s Ganas Program
Collaborators
  • Samer Alatout, Vilas Associate Professor of Community and Environmental Sociology, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Konstantine “Dean” Alonistiotis, Chief of Staff, Commissioner Kimberly Neely Du Buclet, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
  • Carol Ross Barney, Founder and Principal, Ross Barney Architects
  • Olga Bautista, Community Planning Manager, Alliance for the Great Lakes 
  • Tony Briscoe, Journalist, ProPublica
  • Stella Brown, Artist/Anthropocene Adapter
  • Antoinette Burton, Maybelle Leland Swanlund Professor of History, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Kayla Butler, Region 5, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Benjamin Chambers, Reverend, Faith Movers Church
  • Ralph Cintron, Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies and of English, Interim Director of Latin American and Latino Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Drew Williams Clark, Managing Director of Urban Resilience at Center for Neighborhood Technology
  • Ross Compton, Actor
  • John Connor, Illinois House of Representatives, District 85
  • Teresa Córdova, Director, UIC Great Cities Institute
  • Frank Ettawageshik, Executive Director, United Tribes of Michigan
  • Alison Fore, Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
  • Dirk Fucik, Owner, Dirk’s Fish
  • Ricardo Gamboa, Creator of The Hoodoisie
  • Beate Geissler, Professor, UIC Department of Art
  • Troy Hernandez, Data Scientist, IBM and Volunteer Director, Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization (P.E.R.R.O.)
  • Ryan Hidden, Executive Director, Change Peoria
  • Robert Hirschfeld, Water Policy Specialist and Communications, Prairie Rivers Network
  • Brian Holmes, Art and cultural critic, cartographer and political activist
  • Tonika Johnson, Social justice artist/photographer, Creator of the Folded Map Project
  • Jennifer Jordan, Professor and Department Chair, Sociology and Urban Studies, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • Matthew Kaplan, Photographer
  • Marcella Bondie Kennan, Program Director, Climate Planning and Programs, Center for Neighborhood Technology
  • Abigail Kremer, UIC Freshwater Lab lead pipes expert
  • Angel de Jesus León, David Bedolla, and Saul Nunez, Local experts/Los Billys 
  • Sarah Lewison, Associate Professor, Radio, Television and Digital Media, Southern Illinois University
  • Yibing Li, Associate Director for Business and Finance, UIC Great Cities Institute
  • Antonio Lopez, Historian and environmental justice consultant
  • Léo Marty, Ecole nationale supérieure d’architecture de Toulouse
  • Chelsea Maupin, Research Manager, Güd Marketing 
  • Izayotilmahtzin Mazehualli, Research Assistant, American Indian Center
  • Bryan McDaniel, Senior Policy Analyst/Government Liaison, Citizens Utility Board
  • Derek Nelson, Actor
  • Allison Neubauer, Visiting Great Lakes Outreach Associate at Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant
  • Allyson Nolde, UIC Freshwater Lab advocacy expert
  • Mike Nowlin, Senior Public Relations and Policy Manager, Güd Marketing 
  • Samer Owaida, UIC Arab American Cultural Center
  • Gizem Ozcelik, Founder, go pr
  • Fawn Pochel, Education Coordinator, American Indian Center
  • Zhenya Polozova, Regional Organizer, Midwest Office of Food & Water Watch
  • Nate Roseberry, Adjunct Professor, UIC Department of Urban Planning and Policy
  • Stephen Schlickman, Principle, Schlickman & Associates
  • Ryan Schnurr, Editor-in-Chief, Belt Magazine 
  • Sarah Rachel Schol, Actor
  • Pinqy Ring, Rapper
  • Jessica Seno, MS, Pre-Award Specialist, Office of Social Science Research, UIC
  • Iyana Simba, Clean Water Advocate, Illinois Environmental Council
  • Cynthia Soto, Director, UIC Native American Support Program
  • Janet Swatscheno, Co-Director of Digital Humanities Initiative, Digital Publishing Librarian, Assessment and Scholarly Communications, University Library, UIC
  • Holden Thomas, UIC Freshwater Lab flooding expert
  • Edith Tovar, Community Organizer, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization
  • Luis Alberto Urrea, Novelist
  • Sanjeev Vidyarthi, Associate Professor, UIC Department of Urban Planning and Policy
  • Daniel Wendt, Public Affairs Specialist, MWRD
  • Santiago X, Indigenous Futurist
  • Andrew Yang, Associate Professor, Liberal Arts, School of the Art Institute