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Chicago Humanities Festival


The 12th annual festival, which runs through November 11, offers dozens of lectures, readings, and discussions by writers and scholars on the theme of "Words & Pictures," as well as movies and musical and theatrical performances (see listings in this section and in Section Three). The following events take place at these locations: Alliance Francaise, 54 W. Chicago; Art Institute of Chicago, Michigan and Adams; Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington; Chicago Historical Society, Clark at North; Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand; First United Methodist Church, Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington; Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn; Harold Washington College, 30 E. Lake; Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State; Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago; National-Louis University, downtown campus, 122 S. Michigan; Northwestern University School of Law, 375 E. Chicago; Ogden Elementary School, 24 W. Walton; Quigley Preparatory Seminary, 103 E. Chestnut; Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan; Saint James Episcopal Cathedral, Wabash and Huron; Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, 1001 N. Dearborn; Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan; University of Chicago Gleacher Center, 450 N. Cityfront Plaza; and Walter Payton College Prep High School, 1034 N. Wells. Programs are $5 in advance, $6 (if available and cash only) at the door, unless otherwise noted. Tickets are available at four locations: the Chicago Tribune Gift Store, 435 N. Michigan; the DuSable Museum, 740 E. 56th Pl.; the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton; and the Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. Tickets may also be ordered on-line at or by phone at 312-494-9509 (handling fees apply to Web site and phone orders). For more information call 312-661-1028. See next week's listings for the final three days of the festival.


Louis Menand

The New Yorker staff writer and author of The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America speaks on "Was Pragmatism a Chicago Invention?" 6 PM: Saint James Cathedral.

William Warfield

The singer talks about his career. Also featuring Julia Bentley, William Koehler, Elizabeth Norman, and Robert Sims. $11, $10 in advance. 8 PM: Saint James Cathedral.


"Dreams in Shakespeare: Freud and the Bard"

Discussion with theater historian David Bevington and Jerome Winer of the Institute for Psychoanalysis. 10 AM: Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

Frank Rich

The New York Times columnist talks about the influence of theater on his life. 10 AM: Goodman Theatre.

Sarah Stewart and David Small

Author Stewart and illustrator Small discuss their children's book The Journey, about an Amish girl's visit to Chicago. Intended for children age 6 to 12. 10 AM: Ogden Elementary School.

"Contrasting Visions of the Middle East"

Peter Clark presents the work of photographers and travel writers Sir Wilfred Thesiger and Dame Freya Stark; filmmaker Bader Ben Hirsi talks about Yemen. 10:30 AM: Alliance Francaise.

Fred Leeman

The former curator of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam presents a slide lecture on "Van Gogh's Private Life in Public Places." 10:30 AM: Art Institute of Chicago.

"The Florida Election Contest: An Appeal for Fairness"

Mock appeal of the presidential election of 1876, in which Rutherford B. Hayes defeated Samuel J. Tilden by one electoral vote after losing the national popular vote. With judges Michael A. Bilandic, Elaine E. Bucklo, and James B. Moran and attorneys Charles G. Albert, Philip Beck, H. Roderic Heard, and Michele L. Odorizzi. $25 with lunch; regular tickets available. 11 AM: Chicago Historical Society.

Norman Hammond

The archaeologist lectures on "Reading the Ancient Maya." 11 AM: Scholl College.

Ved Mehta

The Indian-born writer speaks on "Democracy and Poverty." 11 AM: National-Louis University.

Witold Rybczynski

The urbanist and author of One Good Turn: A Natural History of the Screwdriver talks about "The Look of Architecture." 11 AM: Harold Washington Library Center.

R.L. Stine

The author of the "Goosebumps" series of books for children tells spooky stories. Intended for children age 6 to 12. 11 AM: Walter Payton College Prep.

James Welch

The novelist reads from The Heartsong of Charging Elk. 11 AM: Roosevelt University.

"Shakespeare on Screen"

Author Daniel Rosenthal discusses "How Directors Look Behind the Script." Noon: Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

"The Language of Hip-Hop"

Chicago Tribune music writer Greg Kot leads a panel with the duo All Natural and journalist Raymond "Scoop" Jackson. 12:30 PM: Symphony Center.

Pat Mora

The poet speaks on "Growing Your Own Poems and Stories." Intended for children age 6 to 12. 12:30 PM: Walter Payton College Prep.

V.S. Naipaul

The 2001 Nobel Prize winner reads from his novel Half a Life. 12:30 PM: Saint James Cathedral.

"A Portrait of John Singer Sargent"

The painter's life and work is discussed by writer Gioia Diliberto and Sargent's grandnephew Richard Ormond. 12:30 PM: Art Institute of Chicago.

John Banville

The Irish novelist reads from his works in a program entitled "Words in Pictures, Pictures in Words." 1 PM: National-Louis University.

"Humanities Kaleidoscope"

Scholars discuss their research: Jeremy Baskes on peasants in colonial Mexico, Suzanne Oboler on ethnic labels used by Latinos in the U.S., and Rachel Shteir on striptease and burlesque in Chicago. 1 PM: Roosevelt University.

Richard Lederer

The linguist and author presents "Confessions of an Unrepentant Verbivore." 1 PM: Harold Washington Library Center.

"The Magic Carpet: Stories, Songs, and Ancient Art"

Storytelling with Judith Heineman and musician Daniel Marcotte. Intended for children age 6 to 12. 1 PM: Ogden Elementary School.

Robert Ritner

The Oriental Institute professor of Egyptology talks about "Egyptian Hieroglyphs." 1 PM: Alliance Francaise.

"Aliens Ate My Homework!"

Storytelling with Bruce Coville, author of such titles as Attack of the Two-Inch Teacher. Intended for children age 6 to 12. 2 PM: Walter Payton College Prep.

Harvey Cox

The Harvard University theologian lectures on "The Language of Prayer." 2 PM: Saint James Cathedral.

David Edwards

The British director talks about "Opera at the Movies." 2 PM: First United Methodist Church.

Philip Pullman

The fantasy novelist speaks on "Equal Status for Pictures!" 2 PM: University of Chicago Gleacher Center.

"The Magic Carpet Arts Project"

Art workshop based on stories in the Magic Carpet program (see 1 PM listing). 2:30 PM: Ogden Elementary School.

Pat Mora

The poet reads her work in English and Spanish. 3 PM: Scholl College.

David Nasaw

The historian discusses his biography The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst. 3 PM: Symphony Center.

Leonard Nimoy

The artist talks about his career as actor, director, and photographer. 3 PM: Art Institute of Chicago.

University of Iowa International Writers Panel

Writers in the U. of Iowa writing program read from their work. 3 PM: National-Louis University.

Ruth Bernard Yeazell

The author of Harems of the Mind: Passages of Western Art and Literature speaks on "Myths and Images of the Harem." 3 PM: Alliance Francaise.

Wendy Doniger

The University of Chicago professor of history of religions speaks on "The Kama Sutra: It Isn't All About Sex." 3:30 PM: University of Chicago Gleacher Center.

"The Music of 'Powder Her Face"'

Panel discussion on Thomas Ades's opera with British consul general Robert Culshaw, Chicago Sun-Times critic Wynne Delacoma, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis artistic director Colin Graham, librettist Philip Hensher, director Pamela Hunter, Arnold Tobin of the Institute for Psychoanalysis, and Chicago Tribune critic John von Rhein. 5 PM: Museum of Contemporary Art.


Annie Dillard

The Pulitzer Prize winner (Pilgrim at Tinker Creek) speaks on "A Writer's Writer on Her Work." 10 AM: Symphony Center.

Lerone Bennett

The executive editor of Ebony discusses his book Forced Into Glory: Abraham Lincoln's White Dream. 11:30 AM: Symphony Center.

"Famous Faces and Their Stories"

Panel discussion with historians David Jordan and Debra Mancoff and novelist Vincent Panella. Moderated by Art Institute curator Gloria Groom. 11:30 AM: Art Institute of Chicago.

"Lynching in the American South: The Mobs and the Crowds"

Historians Fitzhugh Brundage, Lonnie Bunch, Crystal Feimster, and Michael Perman discuss photographs of mob scenes. 11:30 AM: Chicago Historical Society.

Blair Kamin

The Chicago Tribune architecture critic gives a slide lecture on "We Are What We Build: Getting a Grip on the 'Nervous Nineties.'" Noon: National-Louis University.

W.J.T. Mitchell

The University of Chicago professor of English and art history speaks on "Words and Pictures: What's the Difference?" Noon: Alliance Francaise.

"The Art and Poetry of William Blake"

Discussion with New Yorker poetry editor Alice Quinn and poets Philip Levine, Gerald Stern, and Nancy Willard. 1:30 PM: Chicago Historical Society.

"In the Flesh: Lucian Freud's Revealing Portraits"

Panel discussion with UIC dean of architecture and art Judith Kirshner, psychoanalyst Joan Lynch, and Art Institute associate curator James Rondeau. 1:30 PM: Art Institute of Chicago.

Shannon Jackson

The University of California, Berkeley, professor of dramatic art talks about the integration of words and pictures in theater with "Moving Words to Moving Pictures." 1:30 PM: Symphony Center.

Elaine Sciolino

The journalist discusses Persian Mirrors: The Elusive Face of Iran. 1:30 PM: Harold Washington Library Center.

Michael Silverstein

The linguist lectures on "Thinking in Words, Speaking in Pictures." 1:30 PM: Alliance Francaise.

Tim Hilton

The art historian and John Ruskin biographer discusses "Ruskin as Art Critic." 2 PM: National-Louis University.

William Gaines

The Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, recently retired from the Chicago Tribune, talks about his undercover days in "Private I, Public View." 3 PM: Alliance Francaise.

Liza Dalby

The anthropologist and author discusses the 11th-century novel The Tale of Genji and her own novel, The Tale of Murasaki. 3:30 PM: Roosevelt University.

Abbas Kiarostami

The Iranian filmmaker reads his poetry and converses with scholars Jamsheed Akrami, Michael Beard, and Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak. 3:30 PM: Harold Washington Library Center.

Edward Tufte

The Yale University professor emeritus and "guru of information design" speaks on "Visual Explanations." 3:30 PM: Art Institute of Chicago.

"Chicago in Words and Pictures"

Writers from the Journal of Ordinary Thought read work inspired by CITY 2000 photographs. 4 PM: Chicago Historical Society. This event is free.


David Cannadine

The University of London historian discusses his book Ornamentalism: How the British Saw Their Empire. 5:30 PM: Northwestern University School of Law.


Ella Jenkins

The local folksinger offers songs, stories, and poems about childhood. Intended for children age 6 to 12. 10 AM: Ogden Elementary School.

Louis Menand and Mona Simpson

The 2001 winners of the Chicago Tribune's Heartland Prizes discuss their books: Menand's nonfiction The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America and Simpson's novel Off Keck Road. 6 PM: Northwestern University School of Law.


"Words and Pictures That Harm"

Panel discussion with Harvard University committee on human rights director Jacqueline Bhabha, Georgetown University psychology professor Sandra Calvert, Chicago Public Library commissioner Mary Dempsey, University of Chicago professor of history of religions Wendy Doniger, Museum of Contemporary Art director Robert Fitzpatrick, Tribune Publishing Company president Jack Fuller, former actress and adult film director Gloria Leonard, feminist legal scholar Catharine MacKinnon, Progressive Community Church pastor B. Herbert Martin, appeals court judge Richard Posner, film producer Ed Pressman, and ACLU president Nadine Strossen. Moderated by University of Chicago provost Geoffrey Stone. 6 PM: Harold Washington Library Center.


"The Magic Carpet: Stories, Songs, and Ancient Art"

Storytelling with Judith Heineman and musician Daniel Marcotte. Intended for children age 6 to 12. 10 AM: Ogden Elementary School.

Jules Feiffer

The cartoonist and author reads from his books for children in a program entitled "Poking Fun at Practically Everybody!" Intended for children age 6 to 12. 1 PM: Ogden Elementary School.

Jason Epstein

The Random House editorial director speaks on "Publishing in the Internet Age." 5 PM: Northwestern University School of Law.

"Reimagining Chicago's Past"

Panel discussion with novelist Rosellen Brown, historian Carl Smith, and attorney Lawrence Joseph. Moderated by Northwestern University law professor Leigh Bienen. 7 PM: Northwestern University School of Law.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Rollie McKenna.

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