Chicago Humanities Festival: Line-up, highlights & tickets

Chicago Humanities Festival: Line-up, highlights & tickets
Marshall Brown, Trevor Noah and Gloria Steinem. Photo: Courtesy of the Chicago Humanities Festival

The 27th annual Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF) has just released its line-up for their fall festival featuring more than 100 events by artists, authors, historians, scientists, and cultural commentators.

The cutting-edge fest examines changes in society from social mores to technological advances through the eyes of experts in the field.

This year’s theme Fallfest/16: Speed will take stock of how rapidly, and sometimes how slowly, changes in our society take place,” says Thoma Artistic Director Jonathan Elmer. “Whether they are discussing social change, like the sudden social acceptance of gay rights, or technological acceleration, like the prospect of driverless cars on our roads later this month, our presenters will deepen and complicate how each of us thinks about transformational change.”

The CHF offers cultural programs throughout the year including its first Springfest held in 2016 on Style, but the Fallfest which runs October 29th through November 12th at 38 Chicago and Chicago area venues is its largest programing event.

Tickets for Fallfest go on sale to members on September 20 and for non members on September 27 online at the CHF website or by calling 312 494 9504.

Highlights of this year festival include:

HumanitiesDowd_YearofVotingDangerouslyPulitzer-Prize winning New York Times columnist and best-selling author Maureen Dowd will discuss the current state of the 2016 presidential election and her new book The Year of Voting Dangerously: The Derangement of American Politics with David Axelrod.

Senator Barbara Boxer has represented the state of California as its junior United States Senator since 1993. As she prepares to retire, Boxer will reflect on her long career in public service.

Gary Younge, an award-winning columnist at The Guardian, will discuss his much anticipated new book, Another Day in the Death of America, examining the lives of 10 children across America struck down by gun violence in a single day.

Writer, activist, and TV personality, best known for his sex and relationships column, Savage Love, Dan Savage comes to Francis W. Parker School on Monday, October 31 to lend his perspective on the rapid revolution in gay rights.

“Daily Show” host Trevor Noah will speak on his biracial upbringing in apartheid-era South Africa at the Music Box Theatre on November 12.

fatriceOn Tuesday, November 1 The National Hellenic Museum will host The Adventures of Fat Rice part of the Tyson Foods Series on Home Cooking on Tuesday, November 1 with the partners behind Fat Rice, The Bakery at Fat Rice, and The Ladies’ Room, Abraham Conlon and Adrienne Lo introducing their new book.

Artist and composer Philip Glass will  discuss his creative range, from Strung Out and Einstein on the Beach to Voyages and Hydrogen Jukebox On November 2 at Symphony Center as he accepts the 2016 Chicago Tribune Literary Award.

Lena Waithe, a native of Chicago’s South Side, Columbia College graduate, and “Denise” on Netflix’s hit series Master of None, Lena Waithe will discuss her path to television writing and producing, as well as her experience as the co-creator and showrunner for Showtime’s forthcoming drama series The Chi on Sunday, November 6 at the Art Institute of Chicago.

With the world still reeling from the deaths of two larger-than-life musicians, David Bowie and Prince, noted Chicago theater veterans Rob Lindley and Doug Peck have dedicated the annual William and Greta Wiley Flory Concert to the recently departed artists. This year’s Flory concert, “We Can Be Heroes,” will feature the talents of JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound frontman Jayson Brooks, The Voice alumnus Mark Hood, Jeff Award-winning musical theater artist Bethany Thomas, and Neo-Futurist ensemble member Malic White on Monday November 7 at Francis W. Parker School.

The author of “The Warmth of Other Suns” Isabel Wilkerson, the first black woman in the history of American journalism to win a Pulitzer-Prize, will discuss its lasting impacts.

Plus the following Festival kick-off events:

  • Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda will appear with Chicago Tribune Theater Critic Chris Jones at 6 p.m. on Friday, September 23 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago to discuss his life, inspiration, and past creative works including IN THE HEIGHTS and HAMILTON. (sold out).
  • Journalist, activist, feminist Gloria Steinem will speak on Thursday, October 13 at the fall festival kickoff in Northwestern University Law School’s Thorne Auditorium.

For the complete line-up of Fallfest/16: Speed click here.

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