The subject lends itself to an array of topics, from intellectual history to healthcare policy, mummies to robots, abortion to aging, tattoos to torture. Choreographers, economists, philosophers, and neuroscientists will weigh in on the body politic, the body as machine, and the body and soul. Poets, psychologists, historians, and musicians will take up the topics of birth and death, health and disease, sex and gender, and the marvel of the five senses. As always, the Festival will be a mix of performances, film screenings, artist and author talks, panel discussions, lectures, exhibits, and workshops.
“The Body” features more than 90 programs in nearly 20 venues throughout Chicago. Tickets to programs range from $5-28, with students and educators admitted free or at reduced ticket prices to many events. Tickets can be purchased by calling the CHF box office at 312-494-9509, Monday through Friday, 10 am to 5 pm. Tickets are also available on the Chicago Humanities Festival website at
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS for the LGBT COMMUNITY
An Evening with Edward Villella
The ballet legend Edward Villella, who danced with the New York City Ballet from 1957–1977, reflects on his history as a dancer as well as his own vision for dancers today.
Chicago Ave. Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at the door, $5 for teachers and students.
History of the Condom
University of Illinois cultural historian Paula Treichler’s ongoing research into the history of the condom has led her in fascinating directions. Her research on condoms grew out of her work on AIDS and its meanings, work that established her as a leading thinker on the body.
• Tuesday, November 2 at 6 pm, Thorne Auditorium, Northwestern University School of Law, 375 E.
door, free for teachers and students.
A Life in Two Genders
With her bestselling book
Saturday, November 6 at 3 pm, UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd. Tickets $5 in advance, $10 at theShe’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders, Jennifer Finney Boylan helped redefine the conversation about being transgendered in the United States. In this program, Boylan talks candidly about being transgender—and about the changes in her roles as spouse, parent, and friend as she transitioned from male to female.
advance, $15 at the door, $5 for teachers and students.
Martha Nussbaum: From Disgust to Humanity
One of our foremost authorities on law, freedom, and morality, Nussbaum, of the University of Chicago, attacks the opposition to gay equality: the politics of disgust.
Sunday, November 7 at 10 am at the Francis W. Parker School, 2233 N. Clark Street. Tickets $10 in
William and Greta Wiley Flory Concert: The Music of Sondheim’s Follies
Join us as we continue the celebration of Stephen Sondheim’s 80
Wednesday, November 10 at 6 pm at the Francis W. Parker School, 2233 N. Clark Street. Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at the door, $5 for teachers and students.th year with the music of Follies.
advance, $25 at the door, $5 for teachers and students.
Savage Love with Dan and Bill Savage
Brothers Dan and Bill Savage share an interest in sex education. And they want to share it with you too. This live edition of Dan’s popular Savage Lovecast takes place on:
Tuesday, November 9 at 7:30 pm at the Francis W. Parker School, 2233 N. Clark Street. Tickets $20 in
advance, $20 at the door, $5 for teachers and students.
Dwight McBride: Race and Sexuality
McBride, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago, heads up a panel of scholars to consider questions of race and sexuality, including the possible parallels between the civil rights movement and the current struggle for gay rights.
More information on all of these programs, as well as the full schedule for the 2010 Chicago Humanities
Festival, is available at
Friday, November 12 at 8 pm at the Francis W. Parker School, 2233 N. Clark Street. Tickets $15 in• Sunday, November 14 at 1 pm, The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street. Tickets $5 in advance, $10 at the door, free for teachers and students.st annual Chicago Humanities Festival, October 24 and November 2–14, focuses entirely on “The Body.”