Human Touch

The state of the world seemingly grows darker by the day. This is all the more reason, then, to dig deeply and find the light through knowledge and unity. The Chicago Humanities Festival (October 28-November 12) attempts to do just that by presenting ideas that investigate, challenge, and aim to make a positive difference through screenings, discussions, and exhibits. Since the first incarnation of the festival in 1990, it’s emerged as a platform for scholars, novelists, musicians, architects, and policy makers alike, presented in tandem with some of the city’s most revered cultural institutions. Held at locales like the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Athletic Association, and the Chicago Cultural Center, this year’s event centers around the theme Belief, and features enlightening talks with such personalities as Vice President Al Gore on global climate change, Transparent creator Jill Soloway, and one of today’s boldest voices, author, journalist, and educator Ta-Nehisi Coates. Other highlights: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson accepting the Chicago Tribune Literary Award and biologist E.O. Wilson in conversation with the great Alan Alda.

photo-6-1Courtesy of Alan Alda

photo-6-2Courtesy of Nina Subin

 

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