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Chicago Comes Alive with Conversations Rooted in the Humanities

Starting this Saturday, Chicago will come alive with conversations rooted in the humanities.

The Chicago Humanities Festival will present over 130 programs focusing on this year’s theme, Citizens, from October 24 to November 8, 2015. Speakers will touch on gender equality, immigration, civil rights and global citizenship, among many other topics. Whether you participate in an intimate conversation or are a part of a packed stadium, the Chicago Humanities Festival is a great way to engage a community of smart thinkers in passionate conversation.

Many of this year’s events are already sold out, so we encourage you to purchase your tickets now!

For more information on the Chicago Humanities Festival and to purchase tickets visit: chicagohumanities.org 

Chicago Humanities Festival Guides will also be available at Friday's ACTIVATE

Our Picks: 

An Evening with Sarah Vowell

Thursday, October 29 | 6–7 PM

Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium

230 S Columbus Dr | Chicago, IL | 60603

Vowell will discuss her new book, Lafayette in the Somewhat United States, a lively and insightful portrait of Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette.


Sanford Biggers

Tuesday, October 27 | 7:30-8:30 PM

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Edlis Neeson Theater

220 E Chicago Ave | Chicago, IL | 60611

Artist Sanford Biggers uses a multimedia approach (film, video, installation, performance, and music) to bring together iconic images from hip-hop, Buddhism, African-American ethnography, and Americana.

So You've Been Publicly Shamed

Saturday, October 31 | 4-5 PM

Northwestern University School of Law, Thorne Auditorium

375 E Chicago Ave | Chicago, IL | 60611

Modern-day shaming is an intense, and – thanks to the internet – lightning-fast form of social control. In his new book, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, the Welsh journalist and humorist Jon Ronson winds his way through a recent who’s who of social media pariahs, whose impromptu postings and photos led to personal humiliation and professional downfall.


Maria Hinojosa

Saturday, October 31 | 6-7 PM

Northwestern University School of Law, Thorne Auditorium

375 E Chicago Ave | Chicago, IL | 60611

Maria Hinojosa, the host and executive producer of NPR’s Latino USA, will share her perceptions of the role Latinos will play in the 2016 election and in American culture over the coming decades.  



Wendell Pierce's New Orleans

Sunday, November 1 | 4-5 PM

First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple, Sanctuary

77 W Washington St | Chicago, IL | 60602

In 2005, the country watched in horror as Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans. As the levees broke and Lake Pontchartrain flooded the Ninth Ward, it seemed impossible that life in the Big Easy would ever be the same. For New Orleans native Wendell Pierce, whose family has called the city home for more than a hundred years, the storm was especially devastating. The star of HBO’s The Wire and Treme, Pierce wanted to contribute, through art and music, to rebuilding the city he loved. The Wind in the Reeds: A Storm, A Play, and the City that Would Not Be Broken, is that story.


Citizen DREAMers

Sunday, November 8 | 2-3 PM

Benito Juarez Community Academy, Auditorium

S Laflin St & W Cermak Rd | Chicago, IL | 60608

In 2010, Gaby Pacheco walked 1,500 miles ñ from Miami to Washington, DC ñ to agitate for the rights of immigrants in this country and to put pressure on the Obama administration to stop separating families and deporting young immigrants who might be eligible for the DREAM Act. Now Pacheco is one of the faces of TheDream.US, a college scholarship program focused on DREAMers. Come hear Pachecoís powerful story and her views on this flashpoint of debate about citizenship. WBEZ 91.5 reporter Linda Lutton joins Pacheco for a conversation.

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