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502 | Ali: A Life
502 | Ali: A Life
Saturday, November 4 | 1 - 2 PM
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
Thorne Auditorium
375 E Chicago Ave | Chicago, IL | 60611
  • Members: $12
  • Public: $15
  • Students and Teachers: $10

“Finally, after so many works focusing on this fight or that, the whole man, the whole life, is presented here. And what a revelation it is… Bravo!” — Ken Burns

Muhammad Ali was “The Greatest” — and the fastest, the loudest, the rashest. Join best-selling author Jonathan Eig for a conversation on the most important athlete in American history. In Ali: A Life, Eig uses FBI records, newly discovered interviews, and unprecedented access to Ali’s associates to reveal how the three-time heavyweight champion used his fame, his mouth, and his mind to mark American culture. In a career full of seemingly magical feats, Ali’s greatest may have been his transformation from one of the nation’s most reviled characters to one of its most beloved. In These Times editor Salim Muwakkil joins Eig for this timely conversation.

Preorder your copy of Ali: A Life through the CHF box office and save 20%.

A book signing will follow this program.

This program is generously underwritten by Sylvia and Larry Margolies.


Jonathan Eig is the author of four critically acclaimed books, two of them New York Times best sellers, including The Luckiest Man, Opening Day, Capone, and The Birth of the Pill. Eig is a former staff writer for The Wall Street Journal, and he remains a contributing writer there. He has written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, Esquire, The Washington Post, and other publications. He has appeared on Fresh Air with Terry Gross, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and in two Kens Burns films for PBS. He is currently working with Burns to develop a documentary on Muhammad Ali.

Salim Muwakkil is a senior editor of In These Times, where he has worked since 1983, where he has forged a reputation as one of the country’s most insightful writers on issues of African-American culture and politics. He is the host of The Salim Muwakkil show on WVON, and he wrote the text for the book HAROLD: Photographs from the Harold Washington Years. Muwakkil is a frequent contributor to Chicago Tonight and serves as a board member for the Progressive Media Project and the Chicago-based Public Square. He has been a faculty member of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest’s Urban Studies Program, and an adjunct professor at Columbia College, Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

  • On sale to members on 9/19 at 10am and on sale to public on 9/26 at 10am.
  • Ali: A Life
  • 10-3-2017