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Chicago Humanities Festival announces more names for FallFest

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Sara Freund
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The Chicago Humanities Festival has announced more of its fall lineup today. The theme for the speaking series is speed—the rise and fall of start-ups, erupting social movements, the rapid acceleration of climate change and ever-changing trending topics are all themes in this year's FallFest.

Speakers announced today include author of Invisible Man Got The Whole World Watching Mychal Denzel Smith, political commentator Melissa Harris-Perry and James Beard nominees Abe Conlon and Adrienne Lo of Logan Square's Fat Rice. Also this fall, CHF will honor two icons lost this year, David Bowie and Prince, with the tribute We Can Be Heroes.

These speakers add to an already strong lineup that includes political activist and feminist Gloria Steinem, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah, New York Times bestseller Mary Roach, Homegoing author Yaa Gyasi and Chicago architect Marshall Brown. Stay tuned for the full update when it’s released Thursday, September 8.

Tickets for the full lineup will go on sale to members at 10am on Tuesday, September 20 and to the general public at 10am on Tuesday, September 27. 

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