Chicago Humanities Festival Fallfest explores belief

Chicago Humanities Festival Fallfest explores belief
Tony Kushner, Jeremy McCarter: Radical Stories Sat. Nov. 11 at AIC
“We may live in a secular age but by no means have we escaped the turbulence of clashing beliefs. The recent violent defense of Confederate statues is just one extreme example of how far people will go to maintain their view of history and identity.  “Consider also how in flux the line between church and state remains in the United States” Alison Cuddy, Marilynn Thoma Artistic Director

The Chicago Humanities Festival kicks off Fallfest on Saturday, October 28 through Sunday, November 12, bringing nearly 100 programs to venues throughout the city. Although the Chicago Humanities Festival has become a year round event offering access to cultural, artistic and educational  speakers and programing throughout the year, Fallfest is special because of its concentration of programs that explore a single theme.

This year’s theme, Belief asks attendees to reflect on and consider the convictions and passions that shape our world. The mission of this year’s Festival is to to explore how our beliefs can serve to connect us rather than divide us.

“This fall the Chicago Humanities Festival will explore what it is we mean when we say belief-whether it’s commitment to a religion, faith in our civic leaders, or the broader trust we all must share as a society,” said Executive Director Phillip Bahar.

The timely theme should hit home with many because as a society we seem to be becoming more divided.

Highlights include:
  • Rolling Stone writer Matt Taibbi
  • Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson
  • French philosopher and social critic Bernard-Henri Lévy
  • filmmaker Joe Swanberg
  • Obama Presidential Center architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien
  • Publican chef Paul Kahan
  • religious scholar and writer Reza Aslan
  • former Vice President Al Gore
  • former U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power
  • astronaut Scott Kelly
  • Jill Soloway, creator of the Emmy-award winning series Transparent
  • Alan Alda and Edward O. Wilson: The Humanities, Sciences, and the Origins of Creativity
  • ChicagoTribune Literary Award winner Marilynne Robinson (Gilead)
  • Tribune Heartland Prize winners Colson Whitehead (The Underground Railroad)
  • Matthew Desmond (Evicted)
  • Edwidge Danticat (Claire of the Sea Light)
  • Claire Messud (The Woman Upstairs)
  • Claire Vaye Watkins (Gold, Fame, Citrus)
  • Erika L. Sanchez (I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter)
  • Eve L. Ewing (Electric Arches)
  • Jonathan Eig (Ali: A Life)
  • Pulitzer Prize-winner Garry Wills (Lincoln at Gettysburg)
  • Father Michael Pfleger of Saint Sabina’s Parish, will close the festival on November 12 discussing the relationship between religion and activism.

Tickets, $5-$60 online or by calling 312 605 8444.

For a full description of all CHF programs, venues, and times, click here.  

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