Chicago Humanities Festival announces theme, presenters for fall 2014 edition

'Journeys' will be the theme for the 25th annual fest, with presenters to include Colm Tóibín, Marjane Satrapi and Marcus Samuelsson

  • Photograph: Jimmy Katz

    Vijay Iyer

  • Marjane Satrapi

  • Photograph: Phoebe Ling

    Colm Tóibín

  • Photograph: Paul Brissman

    Marcus Samuelsson

  • Mary Louise Pratt

  • Victoria Tennant

Photograph: Jimmy Katz

Vijay Iyer

The Chicago Humanities Festival has announced "Journeys" as the theme for its fall 2014 slate of programming, to run October 25–November 9, marking the 25th edition of CHF's fall festival of arts and ideas.

And as if to preemptively ward off any associations with shoe shopping at the mall, CHF also revealed an impressively potent first round of confirmed presenters. They include: the Grammy-nominated young jazz composer-pianist and MacArthur fellow Vijay Iyer; celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson, the Top Chef Masters winner who runs Harlem's Red Rooster (and ran from afar Chicago's defunct C-House); Persepolis author and illustrator Marjane Satrapi; cross-disciplinary Irish author Colm Tóibín, the new chairman of the PEN World Voices literary festival (whose play The Testament of Mary will receive its Chicago premiere at Victory Gardens Theater this fall); Mary Louise Pratt, an NYU professor and noted scholar on travel writing and language learning; and the English actor Victoria Tennant, who is publishing a book on the career of her mother, the Russian prima ballerina Irina Baronova. (Tennant may be best known for starring opposite her then-husband Steve Martin in 1991's L.A. Story.)

The complete schedule for CHF's fall slate will be released in August.

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