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Believing Women: Anita Hill in Conversation

Isadore and Sadie Dorin Forum (UIC) 725 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL, Chicago

As a teacher, legal scholar, and advocate Anita Hill has been in the public eye since her landmark testimony during Clarence Thomas’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings in 1991. But, the issue of gender violence that compelled her to testify over thirty years ago is still endemic to American life. At CHF, Hill discusses her latest […]

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Adam Jentleson on the US Senate & the Crippling of Democracy

Isadore and Sadie Dorin Forum (UIC) 725 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL, Chicago

Senate insider Adam Jentleson takes us into Capitol Hill backrooms for a behind-closed-doors look at how the Senate, once known as “the world’s greatest deliberative body,” has become one of the greatest threats to American democracy. In Kill Switch, Jentleson uncovers the means by which a minority of senators maintain their power, citing the filibuster […]

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Lessons from the Edge: A Conversation with Former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch

Isadore and Sadie Dorin Forum (UIC) 725 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL, Chicago

Former Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, became a household name when she courageously testified during the Trump impeachment inquiry. In her memoir Lessons From the Edge, Yovanovitch claims her narrative on her own terms, reflecting on the arc of her fascinating life and courageous career in foreign policy and diplomacy. In the midst of a […]

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How Henry Hobson Richardson & Frederick Law Olmsted Reinvented America’s Public Spaces

Isadore and Sadie Dorin Forum (UIC) 725 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL, Chicago

Chicago’s Marshall Field Store, Manhattan’s Central Park, Boston’s Trinity Church, and Brooklyn’s Prospect Park: We owe all these quintessential American places to two geniuses of post-Civil War America, the architect Henry Hobson Richardson and landscape designer Frederick Law Olmsted. At CHF, join Hugh Howard, the author of the dual biography Architects of an American Landscape, […]

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From the World of Night Vale: A Chat with Jeffrey Cranor, Joseph Fink, & Mara Wilson

Isadore and Sadie Dorin Forum (UIC) 725 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL, Chicago

CHF welcomes you to Night Vale. This fictional spooky desert town in the American Southwest is a hit podcast created by Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink, and the location of their latest novel The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home. Join Cranor, Fink, and Mara Wilson (voice of the Faceless Old Woman) […]

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Eboo Patel & Yascha Mounk: Building & Maintaining Diverse Democracies

Isadore and Sadie Dorin Forum (UIC) 725 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL, Chicago

America needs a roadmap for building a diverse democracy: enter Eboo Patel (former faith advisor to President Obama) and Yascha Mounk (leading expert on the crisis of liberal democracy), here with their thoughts on where to start. At CHF, Patel (We Need To Build) and Mounk (The Great Experiment) will discuss why democracy has become […]

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John Waters & the “Feel Bad” Romance

Isadore and Sadie Dorin Forum (UIC) 725 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL, Chicago

John Waters (legendary filmmaker of the cult classic Pink Flamingos and blockbuster Hairspray, and author of Carsick and Mr. Know-It-All) has turned his brilliant mind to fiction: specifically his first novel and what he calls the “feel bad romance.” In Liarmouth, Waters employs his trademark combination of hilarity and obscenity, weaving a tangled tale of […]

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Kim Gordon, Sinéad Gleeson & Laurie Anderson on Women in Music

Music Box Theatre Chicago 3733 N Southport Ave, Chicago

Here’s to the women in music who kick in doors, who break genres, who are repeatedly asked: “What’s it like to be a girl in a band?” Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon doesn’t like the question, but her new anthology This Woman’s Work, edited with former music journalist Sinéad Gleeson, gives us multitudes of answers on […]

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Selma Blair on the Power of Telling Your Story

Field Museum 1400 S Lake Shore Dr, (West Entrance), Chicago

Selma Blair has played many memorable Hollywood roles, from “preppy ice queen” in Legally Blonde, to “the ingenue” in Cruel Intentions—but we love her most as herself. In her memoir Mean Baby, Blair gets candid about the roles that have made her compassionate and wise: from friend and mother to advocate for people with disabilities. […]

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Nyle DiMarco: Deaf Utopia

Field Museum 1400 S Lake Shore Dr, (West Entrance), Chicago

America’s Next Top Model and Dancing with the Stars champion Nyle DiMarco knows “just how damn cool it is to be Deaf.” DiMarco’s career (which also includes executive producing the reality show Deaf U and Academy-award nominated documentary Audible) has been dedicated to celebrating what makes Deaf culture so unique and beautiful. Join DiMarco at […]

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Chuck Klosterman with Mark Bazer on the ‘90s

VenueSix10 610 S Michigan Ave, IL

Join us for a toast and a roast to the ‘90s—a wild and confusing decade of colossal change (think the rise of the internet, the downfall of landlines, and the end of pre-9/11 politics). At CHF, celebrated culture critic Chuck Klosterman (author of The Nineties), sits down with WTTW’s Mark Bazer (The Interview Show) to […]

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KAINA & Ben LaMar Gay: A Concert at Navy Pier

Navy Pier Lake Stage 699-601 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 6061, Chicago

Celebrate summertime in Chicago with an evening of local music at Navy Pier’s Lake Stage. The program opens with a performance by Ben LaMar Gay (Open Arms to Open Us), a South Side native whose music channels cosmopolitan blues and “Pan-Americana.” Our headliner, KAINA (It Was a Home), a first-generation Latina born and raised in […]

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