The Chicago Humanities Festival, a nonprofit group that promotes the humanities as an essential part of our everyday lives, has already begun. This year’s theme, Tech+Knowledge, explores how “the human experience is inextricably linked to technology.” This Sunday, Oct. 23, a series of events is occurring at the University of Chicago campus in Hyde Park. You can learn about the makings of Pirate Radio in Britain during the 1960s; the efficiency of mass transit in the world’s largest city, Tokyo; and the Bengali writer Amitav Ghosh, whose new historical novel River of Smoke explores the history of the opium trade (plus much more). A majority of these events are free for students and teachers, so there’s no excuse if you don’t get your geek on this Sunday!
Chicago Humanities Festival Gearing Up October 21, 2011