Although this year’s programs started on October 29, the Chicago Humanities Festival still has plenty of great speakers scheduled, including Philip Glass and Margo Jefferson, before everything wraps up on November 12. The theme is “speed,” and although sometimes a given talk’s connection to the theme can seem a bit tenuous, we’ll welcome pretty much any excuse to spend a little time with the likes of Philip Glass or Trevor Noah (him, again!). Here’s our wish list for the rest of the fest:
November 2: Not only is Mr. Glass going to talk about his life’s work, composing everything from film scores to operas to chamber music, rumor has it that there will be some actual music being played. (This talk is, after all, being held at Symphony Center.)
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November 4: November is, of course, National Novel Writing Month, and who better to lead a workshop in writing fast than the founder of NaNoWriMo himself, Grant Faulkner? Because you’ve got not a moment to lose!
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November 6: One of the things we love the most about Aziz Ansari’s Netflix series Master of None is the character Denise. Hear Lena Waithe talk about playing Denise, and creating her own Showtime serial drama, The Chi, coming soon to a television near you.
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November 9: Writer and environmental gadfly Bill McKibbon raises an alarm about the ever faster rise in global temperatures—one instance where faster definitely isn’t better.
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November 11: As a part of “An Evening in Bronzeville,” Isabel Wilkerson talks about the Great Migration of African Americans from the South to the industrial Midwest—the subject of her award-winning book The Warmth of Other Suns.
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