Chicago Humanities Festival

Lecture Series

Saturday, November 2, 2019

11:00AM - 6:00PM

Assembly Hall

In cooperation with the Chicago Humanities Festival Hyde Park Day, International House will host a number of programs throughout the day. Please note that each program requires a separate ticket/registration, for information please click the individual links for each event.

 

Caitlin Zaloom on Student Debt 11:00am - 12:00pm

Nearly one in five adult Americans carry student loan debt; Surprisingly, though, the debt holders aren’t always students themselves. In Indebted, New York University professor Caitlin Zaloom traces how the pressure of rising college costs has transformed family life, forcing many parents and grandparents into debt.

 

Ibram X. Kendi: How to Be an Antiracist 1:00pm - 2:00pm

The opposite of racist isn’t “not racist,” it’s anti-racist. The difference may seem like a semantic one, but National Book Award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi’s new book reveals the wide gap between passivity and activism when it comes to eradicating racism.

 

Ghost Work, by Mary L. Gray 3:00pm - 4:00pm

As automation becomes more prevalent, many worry that the digital age is crowding out humans. In Ghost Work, anthropologist Mary L. Gray, a Harvard Fellow and Principal Researcher at Microsoft, argues the opposite: that these technologies rely, paradoxically and completely, on humans.

 

Suketu Mehta: An Immigrant's Manifesto 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Immigration is one of today’s most talked about topics. Rarely, though, do we hear from immigrants themselves. Suketu Mehta, a Pulitzer Prize finalist for Maximum City, and an immigrant himself, fills this gap with his latest work, This Land is Our Land: An Immigrant’s Manifesto.

 

Indebted, by Caitlin Zaloom

How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi

Ghost Work, by Mary L. Gray

This Land is Our Land: An Immigrant's Manifesto, by Suketu Mehta