Next Up!

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Welcome to Week 4 of the semester, and a brave, new world.

Monday, 9/16: Chicago Humanities Festival tickets go on sale to the general public.*

Tuesday, 9/17: Business as usual as far as I know.

Wednesday, 9/18: Business as usual as far as I know.

Thursday, 9/19: Union Meeting (2pm, Rm. 1115);

Friday, 9/20: State of the College Address and Workshops (10am-1pm, Rm. 103);**

Saturday, 9/14: Business as usual as far as I know.

*You can get free ones to the not-sold-out shows, but the popular ones (Junot Diaz, Temple Grandin, Lemony Snicket, Martina Navratilova, Sherman Alexie, Edward Albee, Anne Carson, Rebecca Skloot,  and more, will probably require some advanced ticket buying.

**h/t to UsuallyConfused; thanks!

Put Your Thinkers On: Chicago Humanities Festival

That’s right, it’s Chicago Humanities Festival Time!

(Mostly) free events for students and educators alike (see here for details) that feature leading thinkers, doers, and artists (thinking doers), all organized around this year’s theme Tech-KnowledgÊ (pronounced “technology”).

You may have seen something about Evanston day a couple of weeks ago, featuring a talk by Sci-Fi author William Gibson, or last weekend’s Hyde Park day. Fear not, there’s plenty (as in 60 events) yet to come scattered around the city (including a reading by Umberto Eco, a talk by Common, and more!) spread over the next two weeks.

Check out the schedule here (by date) or click on the topics (Philosophy, Literature, etc.). Share the news with your students. Give them extra credit for going and writing it up. Go see something yourself. It’s a great, great, opportunity afforded by our living in a great, great (in many ways) city.

Chicago Humanities Festival Starts This Weekend

You haven’t forgotten about the Chicago Humanities Festival that I mentioned a while back have you? Please, please, please announce it to your students.

Here is a story on the festival from the Tribune, and here is a list of their recommendations. When The Reader comes out with their list, I’ll post it, too. Send the students for extra credit. It’s a great opportunity to see some great minds live and in person. For free, no less.

In the meantime, gor the schedule go HERE; if you want to know more about tickets, you can go HERE.  The short version is as follows:

Teachers/students: Free tickets to most programs are available for students and teachers with valid ID.

Give them a call to make sure that you’ll be able to get into the event you want to see (312.494.9509). So far this is the sell out list as of last Thursday:

(102) Special Viewing: Rare Medical Texts and the History of Medicine

(106) Leslie Marmon Silko

(303) Margaret Livingstone: What Art Tells Us About the Brain

All West Loop Gallery Tours (Nov. 6 and Nov. 13)

(403) Reformulating Food

(404) Terra Foundation Lecture: Sarah Burns

(407) Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner: An Anthropologist’s View

Release of Chicago Humanities Festival Schedule

The schedule for what is probably Chicago’s single greatest annual event, the Chicago Humanities Festival, has been released. This year’s theme is “The Body” and the usual array of literary, philosophical, cultural, musical, and otherwise artistic super heavyweight thinkers, so to speak, are lined up to share their thinking with the rest of us.

Check out the schedule by poking around HERE.

As always, tickets to events that are not sold out are free (or super cheap) to educators and students (a good reason to get a new ID, if you haven’t already).

Website Wednesday

Website Wednesday is a regular feature in which we highlight one (or a couple) of sites from the Billions floating around the Intertoobz that just might help you with your Herculean task of educating inquiring minds. Any and all suggestions for future editions are welcome.

The Chicago Humanities Festival is one of the absolute best things going in Chicago. Tons of amazing events for cheap every November. They just announced their theme for this coming fall–“The Body.” An email they sent out described it like this:

Our previous festivals have showcased great minds, polished performers, and powerful ideas. The Body will continue this tradition. As we see it, the subject of the body lends itself to a fascinating range of topics: from intellectual history to health-care policy; from mummies to robots; abortion to aging; steroids to Scripture; tattoos to torture. Choreographers, economists, philosophers, and neuroscientists will weigh in on the body politic, the body as machine, the body and soul. Poets, psychologists, historians, and musicians will take up the topics of birth and death, health and disease, sex and gender, and the marvel of the five senses.

They go on to give some of the plans in the making:

We’re still finalizing our Festival line-up, but here’s a sneak peek:

  • Frank Shorter, last American gold medalist in the marathon, on his work directing international efforts against drug use in sports

  • Lady Antonia Fraser on Must You Go?, her book about life with playwright Harold Pinter

  • Writer and Colby College professor Jennifer Finney Boylan on her experience and personal journey as a transgendered person

  • Poet, writer, and undertaker Thomas Lynch reading and discussing his work, in a program presented in partnership with The Poetry Foundation

  • A panel of writer-MDs considers how practicing medicine gives them a wealth of material for their own writing. Panelists include Chris Adrian, an emergency room pediatrician who holds a masters of divinity; Rafael Campo, who heads up the medical humanities program at Harvard University, and teaches in the Lesley University Creative Writing MFA Program; and Perri Klass, a professor of journalism and pediatrics at New York University.

Why am I telling you all of this in this post? Have I lost my way? No, I am telling you all of this to highlight how fantastic and awesome the offerings on the Chicago Humanities Festival Website are. For example, you might decide to click on Philosophy or Literature or Architecture, and when you do, you’ll be shown a menu of options including some audio (or video) files of past events, like when Toni Morrison was here talking about her book, Love. (Man, I could listen to her reading the phone book for hours.) As if that weren’t enough, though, under that are a ton of resources: a link to an article on her Nobel lecture, links to writing by her and about her, as well as stuff on other authors (like an interview with Junot Diaz), and more.

But it’s not just literature and arts people who will find this useful in the classroom. You’ll find people lecturing on science and math and all sorts of things. It is well worth investigating, and, when November rolls around, remember to tell your students about it. All the events are free for them. Oh, and for educators, too…