October 9, 2008
Vol. 28 No. 2

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    City’s humanities festival to spotlight a number of Chicago faculty members during Hyde Park Day

    By Josh Schonwald
    News Office

    For the second consecutive year, the citywide Chicago Humanities Festival will return to the place that inspired it all: the University of Chicago. The festival will showcase several of the University’s scholars, scientists and artists during its Hyde Park Day on Saturday, Oct. 11.

    Gary Becker, University Professor in Economics; Michael Silverstein, the Charles F. Grey Distinguished Service Professor in Anthropology; Ian Foster, the Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor in Computer Science; John MacAloon, Associate Dean of the Social Sciences Division; and William Wimsatt, the Peter B. Ritzma Professor in Philosophy, are just a few of the Chicago faculty participants.

    The Chicago Humanities Festival’s day in Hyde Park—part of this year’s “Thinking Big” theme—will create a second opportunity to see and hear some of the University’s leading scholars in October.

    The Chicago Humanities Festival’s Hyde Park Day is just two weeks before the University’s annual Humanities Day on Saturday, Oct. 25 (see related story). Humanities Day, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year, inspired the citywide Humanities Festival.

    For a list of the highlights of the Chicago Humanities Festival’s Hyde Park Day sessions, which are part of the annual Karla Scherer Endowed Programs for the University, visit http://www.chfestival.org/.

    All of the Humanities Festival’s Hyde Park Day events will take place at the University and nearby sites. Tickets are free for University faculty and students and can be reserved online or by calling (312) 494-9509.