130 events across the city of Chicago will explore the theme of “citizens” for the 26th annual Chicago Humanities Fall Festival from October 24 to November 8. Designed to celebrate the questions that shape and define us as individuals, communities and cultures, the Chicago Humanities Festival will connect event-goers with some of the world’s most brilliant minds through interactive presentations, films and discussions.
“What it means to be a citizen is changing before our very eyes,” said Artistic Director Jonathan Elmer. “It’s incredibly exciting to launch this festival now and think through the range of issues that face us—race in America, immigration, religious freedom, to name a few—in the company of today’s leading thinkers, writers and artists.”
The events range in cost from free to $38, and tickets are still available for many presentations, including:
- Roxanne Gay: Acclaimed author considered one of the finest cultural observers writing today, who focuses on topics related to cultural identity and political life
- Bob Mankoff: Veteran “New Yorker” cartoon editor who will share why psychology was a perfect training ground for a life in graphic humor
- Salman Rushdie: Fiction writer that lived under threat of death for years and is now an outspoken advocate for freedom of expression.
- Nigella Lawson: Food enthusiast, TV personality and journalist, who has authored nine bestselling books and plans to discuss her new cookbook, “Simply Nigella: Feel Good Food”
For the first time, the Chicago Humanities Festival will debut Pilsen Day in partnership with The Chicago Community Trust. The full day of events will include programs that explore the immigrant experience, gentrification, local art and more. The festival will end with a closing celebration at Thalia Hall, featuring music by Sones de México Ensemble, Dos Santos and Sonorama.
You can view the full event schedule at chicagohumanities.org/citizens or through the free Chicago Humanities Festival App available on Google Play or the iTunes store. Tickets can be purchased at chicagohumanities.org or by calling the box office at 312-494-9509.