Welcome to the 25th Chicago Humanities Festival—JOURNEYS.
Lao-Tzu said that “a journey of a thousand miles begins
with a single step.” The Chicago Humanities Festival took
its first step on a crisp autumn day in 1990, and a handful of
programs blossomed into the country’s largest event of its
Marcel Proust noted that “we don’t receive wisdom; we
must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one
can take for us.” Each year, we collectively explore the
abundance of human creativity, expression, and thought
in more than 140 programs—from the literary avant-garde
to Nobel Prize winners, from intimate, thoughtful
conversations to high-energy blockbuster events. Surprising
insights emerge to challenge long-held assumptions, and we
are all the wiser for it.
Adrienne Rich believed that “every journey into the past
is complicated by delusions, false memories, and false
namings.” For us, the slippage between fact and fiction is a
provocation to be explored and contemplated—where we’re
going is fundamentally predicated on where we’ve been.
Join us as we celebrate 25 years of art and ideas.
Anniversaries are a time to renew vows. Ours is to explore
human thought at its most dazzling: to seek out innovation,
to explore humanity in all its riches, and to delve into
contemporary knowledge, from its most persistent truths to
its sharpest cutting edge. In this spirit of adventure, we ask:
where will your journey take you?
Journeys, the 25th Anniversary Chicago Humanities Festival, takes place October 25–November 9, 2014. Buy tickets before they sell out.