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@Chi_Humanities for the Millennial Generation
Honestly, what are you doing right now? Really? You have a Facebook, Gmail, and Twitter tab open in Google Chrome on your MacBook, and you’ve stumbled upon this blog through a series of links—which links they were, you can only remember vaguely—but, that’s not important. Either way, what is important is that, as college students, we recognize that technology plays a massive role in our lives. I mean, c’mon, when was the last time you cranked out a handwritten letter and sent it via... Continue Reading >>
Goodbye Boring PowerPoints: Multimedia in the Classroom
Last fall, I spent some time observing in a high school classroom on the North side of Chicago. During one of my visits, the teacher (aka “Mr. M”) led his class of energetic sophomores to the computer lab, a large room filled with sleek new monitors that definitely outshone the ones at my graduate university. The computer lab was familiar territory for these students, who frequently headed to the lab to complete various English assignments, such as typing up stories using vocabulary words or... Continue Reading >>
Gay Pride at CHF
It’s that fabulous time of the year again when queers and their friends celebrate Gay Pride! Chicago Gay Pride The festivities commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion of June 1969, when a bunch of courageous drag queens, immensely saddened by Judy Garland’s untimely death, decided to no longer take the harassment that was part and parcel of queer life. Rounded up in a raid at the Stonewall Inn, they famously resisted, inaugurating the modern lesbian/gay... Continue Reading >>
Sometimes the most intriguing ideas for Festival programs come from our partners. Last winter, an email arrived from the Seminary Co-op Bookstore with a suggestion for an event featuring the rap artist Common and Professor Adam Bradley, the co-editor of The Anthology of Rap. Published by Yale University Press in October of 2010, The Anthology of Rap is the first book to bring together the greatest rap lyrics of all time, giving them the respect they deserve as poetry.  In the afterword to... Continue Reading >>
Dan Sinker & @MayorEmanuel
MayorEmanuel: “Today was one never ending f*&#ing strategy session. Workloads doubled when Axelrod’s moustache announced it was taking the week off." (October 18, 2010) Dan Sinker Chicago is known as a political city, a place where the gusts of aldermanic promises almost blow the red stars off our honorable flag. One would assume holding an election without a Daley on the ballot for the first time in 22 years would provide enough drama for the evening news. But in... Continue Reading >>
CSI: Picasso
I love my job! Here is one of the many reasons why. A few weeks ago, our Executive Director Stu Flack and I found ourselves in one of the most fascinating spots on Chicago’s cultural landscape. We were at the Art Institute, but not just anywhere in that phenomenal institution. No, we were in the museum’s department of conservation, where executive director Frank Zuccari gave us a guided tour of the premises. We saw x-ray machines, bulky scanners, and all kinds of other tech equipment. But I... Continue Reading >>
What's on Matti's Nightstand?
Ever wonder what folks at the festival are reading? In this series, we'll take a look at what is on their nightstands. First, let's see what's in the queue for our Artistic Director, Matti Bunzl. We are in the midst of organizing a Humanities Festival on “Technology” – and there will be much discussion about the latest gadgets, from Kindles to iPads. Princeton’s Anthony Grafton, one of the world’s leading scholars on the history of the book, will even pose the question of their... Continue Reading >>

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