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Events Fri Aug 17 2012

The Humanities Festival does America

CHF_America_461x250.jpegThe Chicago Humanities Festival has officially announced its programming for fall. CHF will usher in election season with its theme, America, kicking off on Oct. 14.

From a literary perspective, the CHF will look at notions of the Great American Novel as it defines the way Americans see themselves, and the way the rest of the world regards us. CHF explicitly states that it "had no intention -- none! -- to contribute to the shrillness that passes for present-day political discourse. What was needed, in fact, was a counterweight."

Literary events are numerous and will feature the likes of Anne Waldman, Joy Harjo, Write Club, Adam Gopnik, Richard Ford, and Elie Wiesel, among others. Through the works of these great literary personalities and institutions, programming will examine the American ideal versus its reality.

Tickets go on sale Monday, Sept. 4. As they tend to sell out quickly, it's worth perusing the calendar to make a plan of attack before it's too late.

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