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!
C.H.F.: Put it on your radar September 22, 2010
The start of the Chicago Humanities Festival is about a month away. Nearly one hundred events spanning the wide range of the humanities will begin October 24 and continue November 2-14. Lectures, discussions, performances, and readings are just a few examples of the different types of events planned planned to occur throughout Chicago. Some notable events include a discussion concerning “Jane Austen and the Body,” a reading from Best European Fiction 2010, and a lecture entitled “Shakespeare and the Black Body.” Book your tickets in advance online, as C.H.F. reports 80% of last year’s Fall Festival sold out. Also, check out the C.H.F. staff blog.