Chicago Humanities Festival

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Save the Date!

October 28, 2017
Morris and Dolores Kohl Kaplan Northwestern Day
of the Chicago Humanities Festival

Join us to kick off the Chicago Humanities Festival FallFest/17: BELIEF with a full day of programming on Northwestern's Evanston campus!

What do we mean by “Belief?"
Faith in the divine, commitment to a cause, conviction about the truth, trust in our institutions?

However we understand the idea, issues of belief have never been more in flux. In some parts of the world, religious observance is up, while in others it is tanking. Geopolitical conflict is increasingly cast in theological terms. Many younger Americans write “none” when asked their religion, yet avidly seek spiritual fulfillment. Memoir after memoir tells a story about losing faith in older traditions, or finding security in new ones.

Trust in our institutions has eroded almost across the board over the past decade. A mere 9% of Americans currently report a “great deal” of confidence in Congress. And the media, banks, and business world do not fare much better. Belief is also, after all, a matter of trust: can we trust our media? Our economy? Our police? Our scientists? Our government?

And belief is a state of mind, even a set of feelings—a firmness of conviction, a posture toward the world. Perhaps it is worth asking: what kind of future do we believe in?

Tickets: On sale to CHF members on 9/19 at 10am and on sale to public on 9/26 at 10am.

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Marilynne Robinson headshotMarilynne Robinson: 2017 Chicago Tribune Literary Prize
Alice Millar Chapel
11:00am

Caitlin Doughty headshotFrom Here to Eternity (Caitlin Doughty)
Alice Millar Chapel
1:00pm

Garry Wills headshotGarry Wills and the Qur’an
Cahn Auditorium
1:00pm

Tanya Luhrmann headshotWhen God Talks Back (Tanya Luhrmann)
McCormick Auditorium
1:00pm

Emil Ferris headshotMy Favorite Thing is Monsters (Emil Ferris)
Cahn Auditorium
3:00pm

Elizabeth Shakman Hurd headshotBeyond Religious Freedom (Elizabeth Shakman Hurd)
McCormick Auditorium
3:00pm

Michael Ferber headshotThe Social Vision of William Blake (Michael Ferber)
Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Pick-Laudati Auditorium
3:00pm

Matt Taibbi headshotI Can’t Breathe: Matt Taibbi
Cahn Auditorium
5:00pm

Debra Tolchinsky headshotTrue Memories and Other Falsehoods (Debra Tolchinsky)
Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Pick-Laudati Auditorium
5:00pm