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Inside the American Presidency with Pete Souza & David Axelrod

David Rubenstein Forum 1201 E 60th St, Chicago

As Official White House Photographer for both Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan and author of The West Wing and Beyond, Pete Souza has a unique window into how our democracy really works. Using Souza’s photos as our guide, he and David Axelrod (former chief strategist and senior advisor to President Obama) take us behind the […]

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Michael Shermer: Why People Believe Conspiracy Theories

David Rubenstein Forum 1201 E 60th St, Chicago

The public has always been fascinated by conspiracy theories, but lately more people have started believing in them: from speculations about John F. Kennedy’s assassination to notions that 9/11 was an inside job. At CHF, Michael Shermer (founding publisher of Skeptic magazine) talks with Meghan Daum (The Problem With Everything, The Unspeakable Podcast) about the […]

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Sudhir Venkatesh on Gun Violence

David Rubenstein Forum 1201 E 60th St, Chicago

Mass media rarely tells a three-dimensional story of violence in Chicago, but sociologist Sudhir Venkatesh does. At CHF, Venkatesh goes beyond perfunctory news coverage for a story about a community coming together to save a group of teenagers from gun violence. Join him for a conversation with Rudi Batzell about a national crisis and what […]

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A Conversation with Legendary Reporter Seymour Hersh

David Rubenstein Forum 1201 E 60th St, Chicago

Seymour Hersh has been at the forefront of investigative journalism ever since his Pulitzer Prize-winning exposé of the Vietnam War’s Mỹ Lai Massacre. At CHF, Hersh sits down with David Greising, President of the Better Government Association, to talk about what Hersh has learned over the course of his storied career—from Vietnam to Iraq’s Abu […]

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Margaret A. Burnham on the Jim Crow Legal System

David Rubenstein Forum 1201 E 60th St, Chicago

“If a law can’t protect a person from lynching, isn’t lynching the law?” asks Margaret A. Burnham, director of Northeastern University’s Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project, in her new book By Hands Now Known. At CHF, Burnham and Courtney Pierre Joseph (Assistant Professor of History and African American Studies at Lake Forest College) explain […]

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The Art of the Short Story with George Saunders

David Rubenstein Forum 1201 E 60th St, Chicago

Heralded as the “best short-story writer in English” by Time, and winner of the Man Booker Prize for Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders is the perfect author to help us make sense of our era through fiction. At CHF, Saunders sits down for a chat about his latest collection Liberation Day, featuring timely short […]

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The Art of the Short Story with George Saunders

David Rubenstein Forum 1201 E 60th St, Chicago

Heralded as the “best short-story writer in English” by Time, and winner of the Man Booker Prize for Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders is the perfect author to help us make sense of our era through fiction. At CHF, Saunders sits down with Peter Sagal for a chat about his latest collection Liberation Day, […]

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The Church, State, & the Information Crisis in America

David Rubenstein Forum 1201 E 60th St, Chicago

What happens when people get their news from the pulpit? At CHF, Bonnie Kristian (author of Untrustworthy and columnist at Christianity Today), Russell Moore (Editor in Chief at Christianity Today), and David French (senior editor at The Dispatch) unpack this question. Join them for a discussion about the power the evangelical church wields in shaping […]

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Kevin Nealon: Brushes with Fame with Tim Meadows

David Rubenstein Forum 1201 E 60th St, Chicago

Join Saturday Night Live alum, standup comedian, and caricature artist Kevin Nealon for an evening of stories: from backstage at SNL with Chris Farley and Dana Carvey to hanging out in Tiffany Haddish's vegetable garden. At CHF, Nealon will chat with former SNL castmate Tim Meadows about his new book I Exaggerate: My Brushes with […]

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