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Dancing Toward the Fall Festival
What a relief—to write a blog post and not worry if I’m going to spill the beans on a program we haven’t officially announced yet. While our printed program guides won’t be mailed until August and our website will switch to “Festival mode” at about the same time—the cat is out of the bag! We are still putting the finishing touches on a few programs, but nearly all of the 100 or so programs we’ll do this fall are confirmed. I’m especially excited that our Body theme lends itself to more... Continue Reading >>
Torture, Violence, and Confinement
In a humanities festival on “The Body,” attention must be paid to the sad history of violence against human beings. Several events will take account of such topics as the violated body, the body under surveillance, and the body in confinement. These will include a lecture on torture by Kenneth Roth, the Executive Director of Human Rights Watch, a discussion of the recent Arizona immigration law by Ramon Gutierrez and other members of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture at the... Continue Reading >>
Katinka Kleijn
Katinka Kleijn is one of those forces of nature people marvel about. First and foremost, she is a world-class musician, a cellist to be exact. She has a been a member of our fabulous Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1995. But she does so much more. She is a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), one of the world’s leading formations specializing in contemporary classical music, the guitar-cello duo Relax Your Ears, and the progressive rock metal band District 97. Check out... Continue Reading >>
Running? Those who know me and my portly physique might be surprised to learn that I am quite into it. No, I’m not training for the Chicago Marathon. But I am following some of the fascinating scholarship that has come out recently on the evolution of gait and more generally the question of why we, as humans, are almost unique in our bipedalism. This is a classic question for biological anthropology. Why is it that humans walk on two limbs rather than four? Our closest living relatives do... Continue Reading >>

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