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25 Years of Celebrating the Humanities in the Loop

Chicago Humanities Festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and they’re bringing an exciting mix of humanistic lectures, performances, and celebrations to the Loop this Saturday.

Committed to making the humanities a vital ingredient of daily life, CHF got its start in 1989 right here in the Loop. The first festival was held at the Art Institute of Chicago and Orchestra Hall (now Chicago Symphony Center) before an audience of 3,500, with the theme, “Expressions of Freedom.”

Since 1989, the festival has expanded significantly in size and scope, now offering year-round programming and holding two signature festivals each year -- Sights, Sounds, and Stages, an international children's theater festival each spring and the humanities festival in the fall. Their programs spread widely over the city of Chicago. This year, the fall festival’s theme is “Journeys,” allowing reflection on both the cultural journeys of our society and the 25-year journey of the festival itself that led it to the present.

Be sure to peruse the list* of Saturday's (Nov. 1) events below and make your reservations today! Advance ticket sales** end today, Wednesday, October 29, at 5 p.m. If you miss the reservation period you can also purchase tickets at the doors of the events.

Chicago Loop Alliance is proud to welcome CHF back to the Loop this weekend, and we heartily congratulate them on 25 great years of enriching our community. Here’s to 25 more, CHF!


**Advance ticket sales pricing (listed by event): $CHF Member/Guest/Student

Patti Smith | 2014 Chicago Tribune Literary Award | 10–11 a.m. | Symphony Center, Armour Stage | $15/20/10

This year’s Chicago Tribune Literary Award pays tribute to Patti Smith, a galvanizing artistic force for four decades. Spend an unforgettable hour at Symphony Center this American rock n’ roll icon (pictured above).

Ian Buruma, Global Thinker | Bill and Penny Obenshain Program on Global Affairs | 11:30 am–12:30 pm | Harold Washington Library Center, Cindy Pritzker Auditorium | $9/12/5 

Ian Buruma is a noted academic, journalist, and public intellectual, as well as a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books and the New Yorker.

Her Eyes Were Watching God | 11:30 am–12:30 pm | School of the Art Institute of Chicago Ballroom | $9/12/Free 

Rutgers University English professor Cheryl Wall discusses Zora Neale Hurston’s (Their Eyes Were Watching God) unique blend of ethnography and literature.

Behind The Waves | 1:30–2:30 pm | Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater | $9/12/Free

Through his art, Jawshing Arthur Liou aims to transform recognizable imagery into realms of otherworldly experience. Join the Indiana University professor as he shares his sojourns across the media of video, photography, and writing. Free admission at the door based on availability.

The Maid’s Version: Daniel Woodrell | 2014 Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Fiction | 1:30–2:30 pm | Harold Washington Library Center, Cindy Pritzker Auditorium

Daniel Woodrell’s “country noirs” have inspired filmmakers like Ang Lee and helped launch the career of actor Jennifer Lawrence. The author of Winter’s Bone joins the Festival to discuss The Maid's Version, another dark and affecting story rooted in the Missouri Ozarks.

Chicks Dig Time Lords | 1:30–2:30 pm | School of the Art Institute of Chicago Ballroom | $9/12/5 

As Doctor Who enters its 51st year and introduces a new doctor, we are convening with Lynne Thomas, host of the podcasts SF Squeecast and Verity! and coeditor of Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It.

From Bauhaus to Bunny and Beyond | Terra Foundation Lecture on American Art | 3:30–4:30 pm | Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater | $9/12/5

Free admission at the door based on availability.

Men We Reaped: Jesmyn Ward | 2014 Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Nonfiction | 3:30–4:30 pm | Harold Washington Library Center, Cindy Pritzker Auditorium | $9/12/5 

Talking Music with Sasha Frere-Jones | 3:30–4:30 pm | School of the Art Institute of Chicago Ballroom | $15/20/10 

Martha Minow: Justice for All | 4–5 pm | First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple | $9/12/5 

The Original Lovely | Elizabeth A. Liebman Program | 6–7 pm | School of the Art Institute of Chicago Ballroom | $9/12/5

The Making of a National Institution with Lonnie G. Bunch III | Art Institute of Chicago President’s Lecture

Thursday, November 6 | 6–7 pm | Art Institute of Chicago, Fullerton Auditorium | $15/20/10 

 

*Please note that there are additional CHF Loop events excluded from this list because they are sold out, including “Lost in the Italian Renaissance,” “Persepolis,” Kwame Appiah, "Sacre Bleu," and "Gashleycrumb Orphanage." All events take place on Saturday, Nov. 1st, with the exception of "The Making of a National Institution with Lonnie G. Bunch III," taking place on Thursday, Nov. 6.

(Header Photo of Patti Smith by Edward Mapplethorpe)


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