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The 15th annual Chicago Humanities Festival, this year themed "Time," continues through November 14, offering dozens of lectures, readings, and discussions by an international collection of writers, artists, and scholars as well as film screenings and theatrical and musical performances. Unless otherwise noted, all programs are $5 in advance, $6 (cash only) at the door. (Tickets for some sold-out programs may become available; check at the venue 20-30 minutes before the program.) Tickets can be ordered by phone at 312-494-9509 or online at Call 312-661-1028 for more information.


James Fallows

The Atlantic Monthly journalist discusses the issues of the day in "News of the Moment." Northwestern University School of Law. noon

"Playing With Time"

Panel on "transforming historical materials in order to bring the past into the present" with novelists Rosellen Brown and Alex Michod, poets Jana Harris and Lawrence Joseph, and journalist Alex Kotlowitz; moderated by Northwestern law lecturer Leigh Bienen. Northwestern University School of Law. 3 PM

"Harold in Chicago"

Staged readings of an opera in progress based on the life of mayor Harold Washington, featuring music by Edward Wilkerson Jr. and libretto by Elizabeth S. Wilkerson. Northwestern University School of Law. $10. 7 PM

CC Paul Muldoon and James Fenton

Saint James Cathedral. 7 PM

"The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part III: Antwerp"

Film screening. Though it was completed prior to part two, this 2003 feature from the Netherlands and the UK concludes Peter Greenaway's multimedia epic about Tulse Luper, a "professional writer and project-maker, caught up in a life of prisons." 105 min. Facets Cinematheque. 7 PM


"Annals of Revolt: 1979"

Panel on events of 1979 in the Middle East with journalist Stephen Kinzer (All the Shah's Men), historian Juan Cole, and international banker Karim Pakravan; moderated by World Trade Center Chicago president Allan N. Lever. Chicago Historical Society. 10 AM

"Bernardo Bertolucci: Filmmaker"

Talk by Facets Multimedia director Milos Stehlik; clips from Bertolucci films will be shown. First United Methodist Church. 10 AM

"The Encyclopedia of Chicago"

Editors James R. Grossman, Ann Durkin Keating, and Janice L. Reiff discuss the massive new tome. Newberry Library. 10 AM

"Mock Judicial Appeal: Slats Grobnik v. Fat Food"

Lawyers Leslie M. Smith and Bernard R. Tresnowski argue for Slats, Philip L. Harris and Alan N. Salpeter for the defense; judges Suzanne B. Conlon, Charles P. Kocoras, and Warren D. Wolfson decide. Northwestern University School of Law. $5, or $25 with optional catered meal. 10 AM

"My Architect: A Son's Journey"

Film screening. This absorbing, beautiful documentary is the first-person odyssey of Nathaniel Kahn, son of legendary architect Louis Kahn by one of his longtime mistresses. Despite his accomplishments, Kahn Sr. died a penniless loner in Penn Station in 1974, leaving behind three families, none of them aware of the others' existence. Seeking to unravel his father's mysterious personal life, Nathaniel combines rare personal footage and compelling interviews with the elder Kahn's colleagues, friends, and families. While avoiding easy answers, Nathaniel achieves a spiritual communion with his father by studying his architectural legacy (which includes the Salk Institute and the National Assembly of Bangladesh). The great buildings are shown in meditative tracking shots that affirm the life-altering power of art. 116 min. (David Schwartz). Museum of Contemporary Art. 10 AM Sold out.

S. Jay Olshansky speaks on The Quest for Immortality: Science at the Frontiers of Aging. Alliance Francaise. 10 AM

"Origins of Christianity"

Filmmakers Jerome Prieur and Gerard Mordillat discuss their documentary Origins of Christianity; moderated by historian Garry Wills. Chicago Cultural Center. 10 AM

Paul Theroux (Dark Star Safari: Overland From Cairo to Cape Town) presents "The Truth of Travel." Saint James Cathedral. 10 AM Sold out.

"Time and Truth"

Panel with novelist Valerie Martin (Property), playwright Charles Smith (Free Man of Color), and Civil War historian David Blight; moderated by historian Charles Branham. DePaul University Student Center. 10 AM

Richard Dawkins talks about The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution; he'll be joined in reading by his wife, actress Lalla Ward. Newberry Library. noon Sold out.

Firoozeh Dumas discusses Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America. Alliance Francaise. noon Sold out.

William Gibson (Neuromancer) talks about "time and chronology" in his sci-fi works in a interview with Northwestern lit scholar Bill Savage. Saint James Cathedral. noon

"Lamenting Lost Time in Written Word"

Discussion with novelists Jeffery Renard Allen (Rails Under My Back) and Bayo Ojikutu (47th Street Black). Chicago Cultural Center. noon

Joyce Carol Oates reads from her latest novel, The Falls. First United Methodist Church. noon

"The Beatles in Time"

Discussion with WXRT host Terri Hemmert and musicologist Glenn Gass. DePaul University Student Center. 12:30 PM

"The Emerging World"

Panel with Bombay-based Business Week reporter Manjeet Kripalani, historian Timothy Garton Ash (Free World: America, Europe, and the Surprising Future of the West), journalist Andrew Meier (Black Earth: A Journey Through Russia After the Fall), and Economist African bureau chief Robert Guest (The Shackled Continent: Power, Corruption, and African Lives); moderated by Sun-Times publisher John Cruickshank. Chicago Historical Society. 12:30 PM Sold out.

"Remembering Louis Kahn"

Panel with Kahn scholars Kathleen James-Chakraborty and Daniel Hoffman, art historian David Brownlee, and filmmaker Nathaniel Kahn (My Architect: A Son's Journey); moderated by UIC architecture director Daniel S. Friedman. Museum of Contemporary Art. 12:30 PM Sold out.

Cynthia Ozick reads from her latest novel, Heir to the Glimmering World. Northwestern University School of Law. 1:30 PM

"Below the Surface: Life Within Our Rivers, Streams, and Lakes"

Talk by naturalist Joel Greenberg (A Natural History of the Chicago Region); he'll be joined by singer-songwriters Tom and Chris Kastle. Alliance Francaise. 2 PM

Carlos Eire (Waiting for Snow in Havana) offers "Confessions of a Wayward Historian." First United Methodist Church. 2 PM

Shirley Hazzard and Alice McDermott

The novelists "exchange views on the writing craft and the role of the novel in today's world"; moderated by author Carol Anshaw. Chicago Cultural Center. 2 PM

Galway Kinnell presents "A Life in Poetry" and reads his work. Newberry Library. 2 PM

"Remembrance of Things Past"

Musical performance on period instruments by the Ars Antigua ensemble. Quigley Preparatory Seminary, chapel.

2 PM Sold out.

Kim Stanley Robinson (Forty Signs of Rain) presents "Science Fiction: It's About Time." Saint James Cathedral. 2 PM

"Global Chicago: What Kind of Town, Chicago Is?"

Global Center Chicago director Richard C. Longworth, management consultant Clare Munana, Sun-Times columnist Mark Brown, DePaul prof Laura Washington, and Cook County assessor James M. Houlihan discuss the new book Global Chicago; moderated by WTTW's Chicago Tonight executive producer Mike Leiderman. Chicago Historical Society. 3 PM Sold out.

"Fire and Blood"

Composer Michael Daugherty presents his concerto for violin and orchestra inspired by Diego Rivera's Detroit frescoes, along with a slide presentation. Museum of Contemporary Art. 3:30 PM

"Iraq: Constituting a Nation"

Panel with Northwestern's Center for International Human Rights director Douglass Cassel, Tribune journalist Stephen Franklin, and Iraqi Forum for Democracy VP Feisal al-Istrabadi; moderated by John Marshall Law School global legal studies chair Mark Wojcik. DePaul University Student Center. 3:30 PM

"Redemption Time"

Panel on "redemption during and after penal incarceration" with Village Voice reporter Jennifer Gonnerman (Life on the Outside), DePaul prof Ann Folwell Stanford, attorney Andrea Lyon, artist Margaret Burroughs, and writer Zak Mucha (The Beggar's Shore). Northwestern University School of Law. 3:30 PM

Clark Blaise (Time Lord: Sir Sandford Fleming and the Creation of Standard Time) expounds upon "The Creation of Standard Time." Alliance Francaise. 4 PM

Clive James offers "A Critical Perspective" on his wide range of literary work. Chicago Cultural Center. 4 PM

Victor Villasenor (Rain of Gold) presents "Family Stories." Saint James Cathedral. 4 PM


Performance by the Peter Sparling Dance Company "celebrating Michigan's diverse cultural and geographic landscapes." Harold Washington Library Center. 8 PM Sold out.


"The Gould 'Hours,' a Medieval Best Seller"

Panel with Newberry rare books curator Paul Saenger, art historian James Marrow, and Northwestern professor emerita Sandra Hoffman. Newberry Library. 10 AM

Sue Miller (The Good Mother) presents "Time, Memory, and 'The Story of My Father.'" Loyola University. 10 AM

Tom Wolfe reads from his new novel, I Am Charlotte Simmons. Merle Reskin Theater. 10 AM Sold out.

EU Literary Panel

University of Chicago Graham School instructor Claudia Traudt leads a discussion with writers Claudio Magris (Italy), Liane Dirks (Germany), Vladimir Vertlib (Austria), and Joakin Montero (Spain). Alliance Francaise. 11 AM

Maxine Hong Kingston and Nuala O'Faolain

The memoirists present "The Father/Daughter Dance"; moderated by Public Square board chair Lisa Lee. Northwestern University School of Law. 11 AM

Bharati Mukherjee (The Tree Bride) discusses "The Hindu Concept of Time." Newberry Library. noon Sold out.

"Parallel Lives"

Pablo Helguera's "fugue in five biographies" combines music, spoken word, and visual art to examine the lives of five "fascinating yet obscure visionaries"; Renaissance Society president Hamza Walker interviews Helguera following the performance. Museum of Contemporary Art. noon

Patricia Williams reads from her memoir, Open House: Of Family, Food, Friends, Piano Lessons, and the Search for a Room of My Own. Loyola University. noon

William Kennedy (Ironweed) speaks on "A Place in Time" in an interview with Pepperdine University chair of great books Donald Marshall. First United Methodist Church. 12:30 PM

Debra Dickerson (The End of Blackness) presents "The 'Self-Appointed Spokesperson': Bearing Witness or Carpetbagging?" Harold Washington Library Center. 1 PM

Andrew Sean Greer reads from his novel The Confessions of Max Tivoli. Alliance Francaise. 1:30 PM

Scott Turow and Laura Kipnis

Novelist Turow and cultural theorist Kipnis interview each other about "crimes of love" in their respective books. Northwestern University School of Law. 1:30 PM

Juan Cole (Sacred Space and Holy War) discusses "The Sunni-Shiite Split." Chicago Historical Society. 2 PM Sold out.

James Gleick (Isaac Newton) presents "Relatively Absolute (and Vice Versa)." Loyola University. 2 PM Sold out.

Pankaj Mishra (The End of Suffering: The Buddha in the World) talks about "The Buddha in His Time." Newberry Library. 2 PM

Lawrence Weschler and Ira Glass

Weschler discusses his book Vermeer in Bosnia: Cultural Comedies and Political Tragedies in a conversation with This American Life host Glass. DePaul University Student Center. 3 PM

"Swing Time: Klezmer and All That Jazz" Musical program with the Chicago Klezmer Ensemble and jazz trumpeter David Young. Harold Washington Library Center. 3:30 PM Sold out.

Jonathan Galassi and Scott Turow

Poet and Farrar, Straus & Giroux president Galassi and novelist Turow discuss the writer/editor relationship in a program called "The Time It Takes." Newberry Library. 4 PM

Mohsin Hamid (Moth Smoke) talks about "Pakistan Today." Chicago Historical Society. 4 PM

"Memoirs and Time"

Scholars Mary Ann Caws, Christie McDonald, Jacqueline Taylor, and Rosemary Lloyd discuss "ways of visualizing and memorializing events, places, and persons from one's past." Loyola University. 4 PM

"Slow Food: Peace of Bread"

Rose Spinelli screens her video Baking Bread (2001, 30 min.), about the cultural importance of bread in Sicily; she'll be joined by food writer Janine MacLachlan to discuss "the meaning of food in our lives." Alliance Francaise. 4 PM

CC Roddy Doyle

First United Methodist Church. 4:30 PM

"Time Capsules"

Performance by pianist Kevin Cole. Northwestern University School of Law. 4:30 PM Sold out.

"Campaign of the Century"

Writer Upton Sinclair's 1934 bid to become governor of California is depicted in this new musical by Steven Lutvak and Robert L. Freedman. Merle Reskin Theater. $10. 6:30 PM


Alliance Francaise 54 W. Chicago

Chicago Cultural Center Claudia Cassidy Theater, 78 E. Washington

Chicago Historical Society 1601 N. Clark

DePaul University Student Center 2250 N. Sheffield

Facets Cinematheque 1517 W. Fullerton

First United Methodist Church 77 W. Washington

Harold Washington Library Center 400 S. State

Loyola University Rubloff Auditorium, 25 E. Pearson

Merle Reskin Theater DePaul University, 60 E. Balbo

Museum of Contemporary Art 220 E. Chicago

Newberry Library 60 W. Walton

Northwestern University School of Law Thorne Auditorium, 375 E. Chicago

Quigley Preparatory Seminary 103 E. Chestnut

Saint James Cathedral 65 E. Huron

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