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Events Mon Sep 20 2010

CHF Tickets On Sale Now

This fall's Chicago Humanities Festival delves into all disciplines -- anthropology, medicine, human rights -- with its 2010 theme: the body. Running from Sunday, October 24, with the CHF Hyde Park Day, through Sunday, November 14, the events range from a special viewing of rare medical texts at the University of Chicago's Regenstein Library to a lecture about the history of the condom. And, as always, literary events abound:

  • On Saturday, November 6, British author Lady Antonia Fraser discusses her 2010 memoir, Must You Go?, about her life with her late husband, Nobel Prize-winning author Harold Pinter.
  • Also on November 6, two University of Wisconsin-Madison scholars examine the medieval idea of body as a metaphor for book, which has continued to the present -- for example, we describe manuscripts and books as having spines, headers, and footers.
  • On Sunday, November 7, medical doctor Cheryl Kinney and University of Chicago comparative literature and philosophy scholar Elisabeth Lenckos explore how the body is represented in Jane Austen's literature.
  • On Saturday, November 13, playwright, author, and poet Sam Shepard -- who won the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play Buried Child -- accepts the 2010 Chicago Tribune Literary Prize.

Ticket prices vary depending on the event. Check the CHF website for more information.

(And just a tip, if you're a fan of Dan Savage and his hilariously candid "Savage Love" column, I suggest you buy your tickets to his November 12, live podcast soon -- it's bound to sell out fast.)

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