JOURNEYS October 25-November 9

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 kind.

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.