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Chicago Humanities Festival reveals initial guest lineup

Zach Long

The Chicago Humanities Festival's fall festival is still a few months away—this year it runs from October 24 to November 8—but we already know some of the presenters who will speaking at the 26th annual event. The theme of this year's festival is "Citizens" and will explore how an individual's allegiances are shaped by their environment and experiences. Chicago Humanities Festival Artistic Director Jonathan Elmer explains that the theme was chosen because, "The question of what it means to be a citizen has never been more urgent or more perplexing."

Confirmed guests include Steve Jobs biographer and President/CEO of the Aspen Institute Walter Isaacson, who will headline the CHF Gala Benefit on September 15. Other presenters at the fall festival will include cultural anthropologist and digital activism expert Gabriella Coleman, Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen, chef and food writer Yotam Ottolenghi, poet Claudia Rankine, and The West Wing actor Anna Deavere Smith.

Tickets for the festival won't go on sale until September 8, but in the meantime you can look forward to the release of the Chicago Humanities Festival's complete programming schedule, which will debut in August.

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