citizens | October 24 - November 8, 2015

What does it truly mean to belong—to be citizens of a neighborhood, a city, a nation, or a world? It’s a deceptively simple question, but the fierce debates it inspires (both at home and abroad) tell a different story.

Welcome to the 2015 Chicago Humanities Festival—Citizens.

To be a citizen is to live within given boundaries. But our world is increasingly boundless: digital technologies provide instantaneous connection, global economics make it clear that we’re all interconnected, and stateless people continue to search for home. Much flows across our carefully drawn boundaries, demanding attention, challenging our hearts and minds, and upsetting our previously held notions of rights and responsibilities.

In 2015’s Festival we examined contemporary citizenship in all its messiness and glory.

Festival Dates:
Oct 24Nov 8, 2015 – The 26th annual Chicago Humanities Festival

The Chicago Community Trust was the lead partner for Citizens. The Trust and CHF worked together to develop programs that explore themes of civic engagement and philanthropy in all its forms—time, treasure, and talent.

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