307 | Jason Reynolds: Long Way Down
Art Institute of Chicago
230 S Columbus Dr | Chicago, IL | 60603
In bestsellers like Ghost, All American Boys, and the new Marvel novel Miles Morales: Spider-Man, award-winning author Jason Reynolds writes young adult narratives that explore the pressures and promise of young people. His freshly pressed Long Way Down is a story, in verse, of a one-minute elevator ride filled with revenge, troubled emotions, friendship, and family where, one floor at a time, a teenage boy faces himself and contemplates the murder of his brother. His entire world is caught between those sliding doors. Seems we are caught too.
Preorder your copy of Long Way Down through the CHF box office and save 20%.
A book signing will follow this program.
This program is generously underwritten by the Lohengrin Foundation and is presented in partnership with the Art Institute of Chicago.
Jason Reynolds was tricked into being a writer. For years his aunt would only give him books for Christmas. Year after year she’d disappoint him with a gift-wrapped book. Now, after having published four critically acclaimed books and co-authored another two, Jason was proclaimed "easily one of the most promising of Young Adult novelists in the market today" by NBC. Jason has been reviewed and profiled in The Washington Post, NPR, Kirkus, and Publisher’s Weekly. Reynolds is on faculty at Lesley University, for the Writing For Young People MFA Program, and currently resides in Washington, DC.
Shepsu Aakhu is a playwright, director, musician, scenographic designer, photographer, and the Executive Producer for the Ma’at Production Association of Afrikan Centered Theatre (MPAACT). In 2012 he was awarded the Joseph Jefferson citation for outstanding new work for his play Speaking in Tongues The Chronicles of Babel.
When & Where
- On sale to members on 9/19 at 10am and on sale to public on 9/26 at 10am.
- Long Way Down
Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago
126 E Chestnut | Chicago, IL | 60611
“The moral compass of American diplomacy.” – Forbes
When Barack Obama appointed activist, author, and academic Samantha Power as the United States' ambassador to the United Nations, she became the youngest person ever to hold that post. Known for her commitment to democracy and an interventionist approach to foreign policy, Power's tenure included responding to pressing human rights issues ranging from the persistence of gender discrimination around the world to the plight of refugees from the rise of the Islamic State. Now that she has left government service, Power comes to CHF to discuss what she believes is the right way forward on human rights, in conversation with foreign affairs journalist and author Robin Wright.
This annual lecture honors the late Joanne H. Alter's pioneering work on behalf of women interested in social action and public service.
Charter Humanists must RSVP for complimentary entry to this program by calling (312) 605-8444.
This program is a special Festival fundraiser. Following her public event, Samantha Power will join the Chicago Humanities Festival Gala. Click here for more information.
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Ambassador Samantha Power has been called the “conscience” of U.S. foreign policy. A leading voice internationally for principled American engagement in the world, global cooperation, and human rights, she has a unique perspective – spending half of her career explaining complex geopolitical events as a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, war correspondent, and Harvard professor, and the last eight years helping to shape them. The youngest-ever U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, she was also a member of President Obama’s Cabinet and a senior adviser at the White House.
Robin Wright has reported from more than a 140 countries on six continents for The Washington Post, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, TIME, and others. Her foreign tours include the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Wright has been a fellow at Yale, Duke, Stanford, Brookings Institute, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the U.S. Institute of Peace. Among many awards, she won the U.N. Correspondents Gold Medal, the National Magazine Award, and the Overseas Press Club Award for "best reporting in any medium requiring exceptional courage and initiative." The American Academy of Diplomacy selected her as the journalist of the year in 2004.
Rockefeller Memorial Chapel
5850 S Woodlawn Ave | Chicago, IL | 60637
“Her intelligence is like a salve for all thinking people who have felt wounded or marginalized by The God Wars.” – Elizabeth Gilbert
“I've been wondering who might fill the intellectual void that plagued me after James Baldwin died. Clearly it's Ta-Nehisi Coates.” – Toni Morrison
In her Peabody-award winning public radio show and podcast, On Being, Krista Tippett provides a space for deep and meaningful conversations with profound thinkers of our time. In a live taping of her show at CHF she will interview Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of the acclaimed Between the World and Me, on the occasion of his latest book, We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy, a work that examines the eight years of the Obama presidency, a dramatic era in politics, activism, and culture that has reshaped this country and its public discourse. As part of On Being's Civil Conversations Project, they will explore issues ranging from the idea of a “post-racial” world to Coates' meticulously constructed case for reparations for slavery.
This program is presented in partnership with The Institute of Politics at The University of Chicago.
Krista Tippett is a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and New York Times bestselling author. She created and hosts the public radio program and podcast On Being and curates the Civil Conversations Project, an emergent approach to the differences of our age. She received the 2013 National Humanities Medal at the White House for “thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence.” Krista was a journalist and diplomat in Cold War Berlin and holds a Masters of Divinity from Yale University.
Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent for The Atlantic. His book Between The World and Me won the National Book Award in 2015. Ta-Nehisi is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. He lives in New York with his wife and son.
600 Emerson St | Evanston, IL | 60208
“Matt Taibbi is [Hunter S.] Thompson's heir.” — Seattle Post-Intelligence
Millions watched the video of the death of Eric Garner after a police officer put him in a “chokehold” during an arrest for selling loose cigarettes, galvanizing a wave of Black Lives Matter organizing and protests. Best-selling polemic journalist Matt Taibbi comes to CHF to explore the compelling story of the roots of Garner’s death, the grand jury, the media circus, the subsequent murder of two police officers, and the protests from every side. Join us for a riveting conversation on urban America, the perversion of its policing, and the racial tensions that threaten to tear it apart.
Preorder your copy of I Can't Breathe through the CHF box office and save 20%.
A book signing will follow this program
Matt Taibbi, author of the New York Times bestsellers The Divide, Griftopia, and The Great Derangement, is a contributing editor for Rolling Stone and winner of the 2007 National Magazine Award for Columns and Commentary.