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Chicago Humanities Festival Videos

Lance Wyman: Urban Icons Working Cities Chicago Hu...

Lance Wyman: Urban Icons Worki...

Widely considered one of the parents of modern iconography, Lance Wyman specializes in wayfinding systems: that is, signs, symbols, and other visual c...


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Broad Band: The Women Behind Tech Chicago Hu...

Broad Band: The Women Behind T...

Despite tech's reputation as a 'bro-haven,' women have been at the vanguard of technology and innovation, from the first Victorian computer programmer...


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Picture Freedom Chicago Hu...

Picture Freedom

In the decades leading up to the end of U.S. slavery, many free Blacks posed for daguerreotypes—a type of very early photograph. These portraits cap...


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​The Scarlet A Chicago Hu...

​The Scarlet A

Abortion is a hot topic in public, and an uncomfortable one in private. While politicians pontificate and citizens express entrenched opinions in poll...


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The New World: Industrial, Corporate and Sponsored Films Chicago Hu...

The New World: Industrial, Cor...

Chicago has been recognized as a vital center for feature-length, documentary and experimental filmmaking. But it is less well-known as a place that p...


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The Making of 2001: A Space Odyssey Chicago Hu...

The Making of 2001: A Space Od...

Regarded today as one of the best–and most purely visual–films ever made, 2001: A Space Odyssey met with mixed reviews on its release in 1968. Dir...


1 month ago

Design and Opportunity in Midcentury Chicago Chicago Hu...

Design and Opportunity in Midc...

In conjunction with the Chicago Cultural Center's exhibition African American Designers in Chicago: Art, Commerce, and the Politics of Race, art histo...


1 month ago

Yvan Alagbé: Yellow Negroes and Other Imaginary Creatures Chicago Hu...

Yvan Alagbé: Yellow Negroes a...

Yvan Alagbé has developed a highly distinctive approach to the graphic novel, combining free form, black-and-white brushwork with a stark visual stor...


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Franklin Foer: World Without Mind Chicago Hu...

Franklin Foer: World Without M...

Within the last 24 hours, it's statistically likely that you've: used your iPhone to Google something, scrolled Facebook, and shopped on Amazon. “Th...


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​Dark Commerce Chicago Hu...

​Dark Commerce

In a world that runs increasingly on global tech connections and short-order online commerce, it has become easier to anonymize trade; make huge profi...


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Natasha Trethewey: Monument Chicago Hu...

Natasha Trethewey: Monument

Join two-time U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Natasha Trethewey as she unveils Monument, her first retrospective, which features new work...


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The Folded Map Project Chicago Hu...

The Folded Map Project

At first, Tonika Johnson's plan for the Folded Map project was simply to photograph “mirror points”—corresponding addresses in the North and Sou...


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MCA Chicago Hu...

MCA '68: Art & Violence, Then ...

In our media-saturated world, images of violence, fictional and otherwise, have become more prevalent and realistic. Artists across disciplines naviga...


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Gods and Robots Chicago Hu...

Gods and Robots

Centuries before technology made self-moving devices possible, Greek mythology was exploring ideas about formulating artificial life—and grappling w...


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Living Color Chicago Hu...

Living Color

We live in a world of color. We are surrounded by it constantly, and it marks our psychological and social existence in ways we can't fully fathom. Bu...


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Lindsey Fitzharris: ​The Butchering Art Chicago Hu...

Lindsey Fitzharris: ​The But...

Talk about graphic. Victorian operating theatres were known as “gateways of death.” Surgeries were performed without anesthetics; doctors' unwashe...


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Mapping Billie Holiday Chicago Hu...

Mapping Billie Holiday

Lawrence Jackson—a writer, historian, and Johns Hopkins professor who specializes in recasting the study of modern African-American literature and ....


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Caroline Fraser | 2018 Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Nonfiction Chicago Hu...

Caroline Fraser | 2018 Chicago...

Millions of readers believe they know Laura Ingalls of the epic, autobiographical Little House on the Prairie series, but the true saga of her life ha...


1 month ago

​Michael Friendly: History of Visualizations Chicago Hu...

​Michael Friendly: History o...

You may think of data visualization and statistical graphics as relatively new subjects of study. And it's true, computer-generated visualizations are...


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Francis Fukuyama: Identity Chicago Hu...

Francis Fukuyama: Identity

In 2014, Francis Fukuyama wrote that American institutions were in decay. Two years later, his predictions were borne out by the rise to power of poli...


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