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The Case Against R. Kelly: Jim DeRogatis in Conversation Chicago Hu...

The Case Against R. Kelly: Jim...

In November 2000, after receiving an anonymous fax alleging that singer R. Kelly had a “problem with young girls,” journalist Jim DeRogatis broke ...


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Happy 30th Anniversary, Chicago Humanities Festival Chicago Hu...

Happy 30th Anniversary, Chicag...

2019 is the 30th Anniversary of Chicago Humanities Festival. A few of our Festival friends, like Doris Kearns Goodwin, Steve Kornacki, Carol Anderson,...


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Sigrid Nunez on Grief and Friendship Chicago Hu...

Sigrid Nunez on Grief and Frie...

The premise sounds almost slapstick—“cat person sneaks enormous dog into New York apartment that doesn't allow them”—unless you know that for ...


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Michael Pollan on the Power of Psychedelics Chicago Hu...

Michael Pollan on the Power of...

Michael Pollan, best known for his investigations into the complicated human-food-plants relationship (The Omnivore's Dilemma, The Botany of Desire), ...


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Virgie Tovar: Lose Hate Not Weight Chicago Hu...

Virgie Tovar: Lose Hate Not We...

Virgie Tovar calls herself “an unapologetic fat feminist who loves tiny shorts and bright lipstick.” Creator of the campaign #LoseHateNotWeight To...


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José Olivarez: Citizen Illegal Chicago Hu...

José Olivarez: Citizen Illega...

José Olivarez is the son of Mexican immigrants. His debut book of poems, Citizen Illegal, shows us just how complicated, beautiful, difficult, and jo...


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Music That Lasts: Maude Maggart and the American Songbook Chicago Hu...

Music That Lasts: Maude Maggar...

Maude Maggart went to her first cabaret show as a teen. “I'd never seen anything like it,” she says. “It was so magical and special, what could ...


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George Packer on Richard Holbrooke Chicago Hu...

George Packer on Richard Holbr...

"The Atlantic staff writer George Packer follows his National Book Award-winning The Unwinding with a biography of “admired and detested” American...


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Writing in Exile: A Conversation with Jennifer Egan Chicago Hu...

Writing in Exile: A Conversati...

As part of our 30th Anniversary celebration, CHF is revisiting and re-envisioning some of the themes, presenters and ideas from previous Festivals. In...


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Climate Survival with Bill McKibben, Cheryl Johnson and Stephanie LeMenager Chicago Hu...

Climate Survival with Bill McK...

Thirty years ago, Bill McKibben sounded one of the earliest alarms about climate change. Meanwhile, the late Hazel M. Johnson was mobilizing the ...


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Energizing Change: Charlene Carruthers and adrienne maree brown in Conversation Chicago Hu...

Energizing Change: Charlene Ca...

It's not a stretch to suggest that true revolutionary power lies in a group's ability to come together, organize, learn, share and experiment with new...


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Mushroom Power: The Ecological and Cultural Power of Mushrooms Chicago Hu...

Mushroom Power: The Ecological...

"Remember the Lorax, who spoke for the trees? Meet Peter McCoy, who speaks for the fungi. For more than a decade, McCoy has been preaching the untold ...


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Melinda Gates: The Moment of Lift Chicago Hu...

Melinda Gates: The Moment of L...

Melinda French Gates is a philanthropist, businesswoman, and global advocate for women and girls. She joins us to make the case that addressing gender...


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David Brooks on Power Chicago Hu...

David Brooks on Power

"Success, stability, security—achieving these goals is life's “first mountain,” says New York Times op-ed columnist David Brooks. But what does ...


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Michio Kaku: Humanity in Space Chicago Hu...

Michio Kaku: Humanity in Space

Physicist Michio Kaku has already probed the neuroscientific frontiers of the human mind—including telekinesis, telepathy, and dreams. In The Future...


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Valerie Jarrett: Inside Power Chicago Hu...

Valerie Jarrett: Inside Power

Considered the 'ultimate Obama insider,' Valerie Jarrett was a leader in government at a pivotal moment in American history and the longest serving se...


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Alex Kotlowitz: Love and Death in Chicago Chicago Hu...

Alex Kotlowitz: Love and Death...

Like it or not, Chicago is probably most famous these days as a sort of shorthand for the plague of gun violence in America - every year hundreds in t...


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Emily Bazelon on Prosecutorial Power Chicago Hu...

Emily Bazelon on Prosecutorial...

The American criminal justice system was designed to equip two equal sides in each case: a prosecution and a defense, with judges ensuring a fair figh...


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The Super Natural: Powers and Superpowers in the Modern World Chicago Hu...

The Super Natural: Powers and ...

Human history is replete with both narrative and empirical evidence of dramatic healings, visitations, extraordinary human capacities, and other unexp...


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Idra Novey's Those Who Knew: The Power of Complicity Chicago Hu...

Idra Novey's Those Who Kne...

Idra Novey's thrilling and suspenseful new novel, Those Who Knew, seems to have presaged, almost eerily, more than a few of our recent headlines. The ...


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