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801 | Reclaiming the Sabbath
801 | Reclaiming the Sabbath
Sat, Nov 12 | 10 – 11 AM
Venue SIX10, Feinberg Theater
610 S Michigan Ave | Chicago, IL | 60605
  • Members: $10
  • Public: $12
  • Students and Teachers: $5

Calls for a renewed commitment to Sabbath—a day of rest—are proliferating, and not just because our 24/7 world takes aim at the concept of leisure. The seventh day of the week is linked in the Hebrew Bible to land and debt sabbaticals, as well as with slave emancipation. The aim of Sabbath, it seems, includes alleviating inequalities that amass over time. Join political philosopher and CHF favorite Bonnie Honig on an exploration of sacred time and justice within this ancient and urgent idea.

This program is generously underwritten by Cassandra L. Book and is presented in partnership with the Cogut Center for the Humanities at Brown University.


Bonnie Honig is Nancy Duke Lewis Professor of Modern Culture and Media and Political Science at Brown University, and Affiliated Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation, Chicago. Her most recent books are Antigone, Interrupted; Politics, Theory, and Film: Critical Encounters with Lars von Trier (with Lori Marso); and Public Things: Democracy in Disrepair (forthcoming March 2017). She is currently at work on another entitled The Lost Sabbath.

Deborah Nelson is Associate Professor of English at the University of Chicago. She is the author of Pursuing Privacy in Cold War America, and Tough Enough, which traces the careers of six brilliant women – Simone Weil, Hannah Arendt, Mary McCarthy, Susan Sontag, Diane Arbus, and Joan Didion -- and their challenges to the pre-eminence of empathy as the ethical posture from which to examine pain.