Chicago Humanities Festival Blog

Animal Sketchblog
All drawings are done on site during the event. Most of the time, I'm pretty far from the speaker and drawing in the dark, so I apologize to all my subjects for the resultant wild inaccuracies. Sherman Alexie Of all the speakers I saw at this year's Festival, no one was more elemental than Sherman Alexie. I hesitate to say it that way, as it seems to go straight for the "Indians are More Authentically Natural than White People" idiocy that Alexie mocks so thoroughly. Yes, he's utterly... Continue Reading >>
Hyde Park Day Sketchblog
All drawings are done on site during the event. Most of the time, I'm pretty far from the speaker and drawing in the dark, so I apologize to all my subjects for the resultant wild inaccuracies. Paul Sereno: Dinosaurs True Confession: I teach anatomy, and I've been a dinosaur nerd since I was a leathery egg myself. So there I sat, watching this vibrant, brilliant guy explain the evolution of quadrupeds, and the wonder of clavicles and scapulae, and how the coffee-table sprawl of a crocodilian... Continue Reading >>
Changing the Rules of the Economic Game
"If the American dream is that your children will do better than you . . . we have dimmed the lights on that dream for this generation." These alarming words came from Heather McGhee, vice president of public policy center Demos, which works on reducing political and economic inequalities in America. At the 2012 Chicago Humanities Festival, McGhee revealed why—for the first time in American history—people of her generation are economically worse off than their parents.  (Image... Continue Reading >>
"Terriers Take Wolves!" Holly Hughes on the Tough and Tiny
Holly Hughes is a true terrier. The seminal performance artist's career launched in the 1980s and gained notoriety through the 1990 NEA 4 culture wars. Hughes's fighting spirit earned her multiple Obie Awards, a Lambda Book Award, and most recently, a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her bold exploration of sexual politics in the face of taboo has created a legacy of performance pedagogy that spans 30 years. A professor of fine arts at the University of Michigan, Hughes's latest projects include the... Continue Reading >>

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