The 14th annual Chicago Humanities Festival, this year themed “Saving + Spending,” continues Saturday and Sunday, November 8 and 9, offering dozens of lectures, readings, and discussions by writers, artists, and scholars (see schedule below) as well as films by director Costa-Gavras at Facets Cinematheque and theatrical and musical performances (see separate listings in this section and in Section Three). The following events take place at Alliance Francaise, 54 W. Chicago; Art Institute, Michigan and Adams; Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington; Chicago Historical Society, 1601 N. Clark; DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl.; First United Methodist Church, 77 W. Washington; Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State; Istituto Italiano di Cultura, 500 N. Michigan; Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton; Northwestern University School of Law, 375 E. Chicago; Polish Museum of America, 984 N. Milwaukee; Saint James Cathedral, 65 E. Huron; Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted; and Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan. Programs are $5 in advance, $6 (if available and cash only) at the door. Advance tickets are available by phone at 312-494-9509 or at the Tribune Store, 435 N. Michigan. (Some tickets may become available for sold-out programs; check at the venue 20 to 30 minutes ahead of time.) See for more into.


“Business and Philanthropy in Chicago”

Panel with Peter Ascoli, grandson of Julius Rosenwald; Sun-Times metro editor Don Hayner; Harlow Higinbotham, great-grandson of Harlow D. Higinbotham, who helped plan the Columbian Exposition of 1893; Northwestern University professor Louise Knight; and Chicago Metropolis 2020 vice chair Adele Simmons; moderated by Tribune reporter Ron Grossman. Chicago Historical Society, 10 AM.

Lydia Davis, Mary Ann Caws

Translator Davis examines the rhythms of Proust’s Swann’s Way in “Hammers and Hoof Beats”; scholar Caws talks about her biography Marcel Proust. Harold Washington Library Center, 10 AM.

“DiCaprio v. R.M.S. Titanic”

Mock appeal with attorneys Fay Clayton and C. Barry Montgomery versus Dawn Clark Netsch and Michael A. Pope; judges Kenneth F. Ripple, David H. Coar, and Rebecca R. Pallmeyer decide the outcome. Art Institute, Rubloff Auditorium, 10 AM. (Catered brunch is an additional $20.)

Joseph Parisi

The former Poetry magazine editor lectures on “The Lyre and Lucre.” Newberry Library, 10 AM.

Joseph E. Stiglitz

The Nobel-winning economist discusses The Roaring Nineties: A New History of the World’s Most Prosperous Decade. Northwestern University School of Law, Thorne Auditorium, 10 AM.

D.J. Taylor

The British critic and biographer talks about Orwell: The Life. Saint James Cathedral, 10 AM.

Brenda Wineapple

The biographer (Hawthorne: A Life) offers “Hawthorne and the Romance of Money.” Alliance Francaise, 10 AM.

Toni Morrison

The Nobel laureate discusses her novel Love in an interview with state representative Barbara Flynn Currie. First United Methodist Church, 11 AM. Sold-out.

Patricia Beard

The journalist presents After the Ball: Gilded Age Secrets, Boardroom Betrayals, and the Party That Ignited the Great Wall Street Scandal of 1905. Alliance Francaise, noon.

Daphne Merkin

The New Yorker staff writer offers “My Money Problems & Ours: An Update.” Newberry Library, noon.

Edmund Morris

The Pulitzer-winning biographer (The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt) discusses “TR the Conservationist: An Environmental Impact Study.” Saint James Cathedral, noon.

“Shareholder Value, Shareholder Values”

Panel with Jim Baughman, former head of development for GE and J.P. Morgan; attorney Reuben L. Hedlund; and shareholder activist Nell Minow; moderated by Harvard Business Review editor Tom Stewart. Symphony Center, Buntrock Hall, noon.

Houston Baker and Heather Russell Andrade

The African-American studies scholars present “Global Savings: Slave Capital and Religious Salvation in the Transatlantic Trade.” DuSable Museum of African American History, 12:30 PM.

Lizabeth Cohen

The historian (A Consumers’ Republic) lectures on “Building a Consumers’ Republic”; she’ll be joined by Sun-Times financial columnist Terry Savage (The Savage Truth on Money). Chicago Historical Society, 12:30 PM.

“A Celebration of Joseph Cornell”

Panel on the American artist with scholar Mary Ann Caws, writer Lydia Davis, New Yorker poetry editor Alice Quinn, and former U.S. poet laureate Mark Strand. Harold Washington Library Center, 1 PM.

“Ourselves as Others See Us”

International journalists panel with Nathan Guttman (Israel), Sridhar Krishnaswami (India), Imad Musa (Qatar), Siu-wai Cheung (China), Anne Toulouse (France), and Bartosz Weglarczyk (Poland); moderated by Tribune staff writer R.C. Longworth. Northwestern University School of Law, Thorne Auditorium, 1 PM. Sold-out.

“Exchange Rates: Saving Words, Spending Words”

University of Iowa International Writing Program director Christopher Merrill leads a panel of IWP writers. Polish Museum of America, 1:30 PM.

“Saving Artifacts”

Panel with gallery owner Douglas Dawson, DePaul law professor Patty Gerstenblith, and Oriental Institute archaeologist McGuire Gibson. Art Institute, Rubloff Auditorium, 1:30 PM.

Victoria Glendenning

The British novelist and biographer lectures on “Leonard Woolf: Spending a Life to Save a Life?” Alliance Francaise, 2 PM. Sold-out.

Maury Klein

The historian (The Change Makers) discusses “The Real ‘Robber Barons.'” Saint James Cathedral, 2 PM.

“Saving the Best of Our Cities Before They’re All Spent”

Panel with city of Chicago deputy chief of planning and design Lee Bey, University of Chicago professor Doris B. Holleb, Draper and Kramer senior VP Rebecca Ford Terry, and architect Stanley Tigerman; moderated by journalist Mara Tapp. Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 2 PM.

Nan A. Talese

The Doubleday editor presents “By the Book”; she’ll be joined by Chicago author and journalist Alex Kotlowitz. Newberry Library, 2 PM.

Robert Skidelsky

The British economic historian and John Maynard Keynes biographer discusses “Keynes and Money.” Chicago Historical Society, 2:30 PM.

John Sorenson

The director of the Abbott Sisters Project talks about “Grace Abbott: The Children’s Champion.” DuSable Museum of African American History, 3 PM.

Sylvia Jukes Morris and Edmund Morris

The biographers (Edith Kermit Roosevelt, Theodore Rex) offer “The Art of Biography.” Harold Washington Library Center, 3:30 PM.

“Save My Place”

Members of the Neighborhood Writing Alliance read work on “the theme of place.” Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 3:30 PM. Free, but tickets required.

Oscar Hijuelos

The Pulitzer-winning novelist (The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love) talks about “New Starts.” Northwestern University School of Law, Thorne Auditorium, 4 PM.

Michael Ignatieff

The novelist, essayist, and director of Harvard’s Carr Center of Human Rights Policy presents “The Lesser Evil: Are We Losing Our Freedom in the War Against Terror?” Art Institute, Rubloff Auditorium, 4 PM.

Joyce Jonas

The jewelry historian discusses “Jewelry of the American Heiresses.” Alliance Francaise, 4 PM.

“Orwell at 100: What Would George Do?”

Panel with Caroline Cracraft of the British consulate, Northwestern University historian Thomas W. Heyck, In These Times senior editor Salim Muwakkil, author Jonathan Rose (The Intellectual Life of the British Working Class), and Orwell biographer D.J. Taylor; moderated by Common Review editor Daniel Born. Saint James Cathedral, 4 PM.

Colm Toibin

The Irish novelist lectures on “Oscar Wilde: Saving His Talent, Spending His Genius.” Newberry Library, 4 PM. Sold-out.


“Reporters’ Perspectives on the Iraq War and Its Aftermath”

Panel with Tribune reporters William K. Glauber, Deborah Horan, and Kirsten Scharnberg; moderated by Tribune managing editor James O’Shea. Chicago Historical Society, 10 AM.

“Characterizing Blame: Allocation of Responsibility for Family Violence”

Law and literature panel with scholars Marianne Constable, Stephen Gillers, and Catharine R. Stimpson and circuit judge Ilana Rovner; moderated by NU law lecturer Leigh Bienen. Northwestern University School of Law, Thorne Auditorium, 10 AM.

Eleanor Dwight

The biographer (Diana Vreeland) presents “Give Them What They Never Knew They Wanted.” Symphony Center, Buntrock Hall, 10:30 AM.

McGuire Gibson

The Oriental Institute archaeologist talks about “The Disappearing Marshes of Iraq.” Art Institute, Rubloff Auditorium, 10:30 AM.

Julian Jackson

The historian (The Fall of France: The Nazi Invasion of 1940) discusses “Charles de Gaulle: The Myth of the Savior.” Alliance Francaise, 11 AM.

Janet Wallach

The author of Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell speaks on “Gertrude Bell and the Riches of Iraq.” Newberry Library, 11 AM.

Steven Bochco

The TV show producer (NYPD Blue, et al) presents “Death by Hollywood” in an interview conducted by judge and crime novelist James Zagel. Art Institute, Rubloff Auditorium, 12:30 PM.

Walter Netsch

The Chicago architect lectures on “The North Site of the South Works: A 21st-Century Solution.” Symphony Center, Buntrock Hall, 12:30 PM.

“Spending Political Capital”

Panel with former Mexico City mayor Cuauhtemoc Cardenas, congressmen Danny K. Davis and Jesse Jackson Jr., Judge Abner Mikva, and Cook County assessor James Houlihan; moderated by DePaul professor Laura Washington. Chicago Historical Society, 12:30 PM.

David Cannadine

The British historian (Ornamentalism) talks about “Andrew Mellon as Collector.” Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 1 PM.

Barbara Ehrenreich and Joan Holden

Journalist Ehrenreich and playwright Holden discuss the dramatic adaptation of Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America. Steppenwolf Theatre, upstairs theater, 1 PM. Sold-out.

“Elizabeth I: Regina Speaks”

Steppenwolf Theatre artistic director Martha Lavey reads speeches by the queen; with commentary by UIC Renaissance scholars Clark Hulse and Mary Beth Rose. Newberry Library, 1 PM. Sold-out.

Sam Pitroda

The WorldTel CEO lectures on “Reaching Out.” Alliance Francaise, 1 PM.

Glyn Maxwell

The British-born poet reads selections from The Nerve. Harold Washington Library Center, 1:30 PM.

European Union Literary Panel

Discussion with writers Norbert Gstrein (Austria), Gregor Hens (Germany), Ermanno Rea (Italy), Jose Carlos Somoza (Spain), and Karel Glastra van Loon (Netherlands); moderated by critic Andrew Patner. Istituto Italiano di Cultura, 2 PM.

Glenn Murcutt

The Australian architect, winner of the 2002 Pritzker prize, speaks on “Landscape, Resources, Culture: Determining an Appropriate Architecture of Place and Technology.” Art Institute, Rubloff Auditorium, 2:30 PM.

James Austin, Luigi Zingales

Harvard Business School professor Austin (The Collaboration Challenge) covers “Spending Effort and Saving the World Together”; University of Chicago economist Zingales comments on Saving Capitalism From the Capitalists. Alliance Francaise, 3 PM.

Jason Goodwin

The British historian discusses Greenback: The Almighty Dollar and the Invention of America. Chicago Historical Society, 3 PM.

Michael Ignatieff

The novelist reads from Charlie Johnson in the Flames. First United Methodist Church, 3 PM.

David Nasaw

The historian and biographer (The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst) presents his research on philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in “Carnegie’s Haul.” Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 3 PM.

Ned Rorem

The composer talks about his career in a conversation with Tribune music critic John von Rhein. Northwestern University School of Law, Thorne Auditorium, 3 PM.

Tobias Wolff

The novelist (Old School) discusses “The Purse of Experience: How Writers Spend Their Lives.” Newberry Library, 3 PM. Sold-out.

Yann Martel

The Booker Prize-winning Canadian novelist (Life of Pi) presents “The Divine Economy of the Castaway.” Saint James Cathedral, 3:30 PM.

Azar Nafisi

The Iranian-born scholar (Reading Lolita in Tehran) lectures on “The Saving Power of Literature.” Harold Washington Library Center, 3:30 PM. Sold-out.