The 15th annual Chicago Humanities Festival, this year themed “Time,” runs November 4 through 14, offering dozens of lectures, readings, and discussions by an international collection of writers, artists, and scholars as well as film screenings and theatrical and musical performances. Unless otherwise noted, all programs are $5 in advance, $6 (cash only) at the door. (Tickets for some sold-out programs may become available; check at the venue 20-30 minutes before the program.) Tickets can be ordered by phone at 312-494-9509 or online at Call 312-661-1028 for more information.


“The Election Results: What Does It All Mean?” Panel with journalists Caroline Daniel (Financial Times), Adrian Wooldridge (Economist), Jo Mannies (Saint Louis Post-Dispatch), and Chuck Todd (National Journal); moderated by N’Digo publisher Hermene Hartman. Northwestern University School of Law. noon

“John Kenneth Galbraith: His Life, His Politics, His Economics” Lecture by Harvard economist Richard Parker. Northwestern University School of Law. 4 PM

“Ladies First: In the Words of America’s First Ladies” Steppenwolf members Joan Allen, Martha Lavey, and Molly Regan portray presidential wives in this chamber theater piece, created by Curt Columbus from letters and other documentary sources. Northwestern University School of Law. 7:30 PM Sold-out.


“The Restoration of ‘Tan Manhattan'” Musical-theater historian Robert Kimball, writer Barry Singer, and composer-pianist William Bolcom discuss the process of restoring the long-lost musical Tan Manhattan (see below). Symphony Center. noon

“Tan Manhattan” This little-known 1941 musical by jazz composer Eubie Blake and lyricist Andy Razaf celebrates the contribution of African-Americans to U.S. culture. Restored under the guidance of director-performer Andre de Shields and choreographer Mercedes Ellington, the work stars soul singer Freda (“Band of Gold”) Payne and an ensemble of local talent that includes the Trinity United Church of Christ Sanctuary Choir and a chorus of McCutcheon Elementary School students. Tonight’s performance is the centerpiece of a festival benefit gala; tickets are $25 for the concert only, $500 includes the concert and a dinner (call 312-661-1028, ext. 24, for tickets for the benefit). See Critic’s Choice in Theater & Performance for more. Symphony Center. 8 PM


“Annals of Revolt: 1789” Historians Suzanne Desan, David Jordan, and Jeremy Popkin consider “the lasting international legacy of the French Revolution.” Chicago Historical Society. 10 AM

Richard Christiansen The retired Tribune head theater critic discusses A Theater of Our Own: A History and a Memoir of 1,001 Nights in Chicago. Harold Washington Library Center. 10 AM Sold-out.

John Hope Franklin The historian talks about My Life and an Era: The Autobiography of Buck Colbert Franklin in a conversation with UIC historian Michael Perman. Northwestern University School of Law. 10 AM

Michael Ignatieff The Harvard historian presents “Up Close and Too Personal: Writing the History of the Present.” First United Methodist Church. 10 AM

Robert K. Massie The Pulitzer-winning historian (Peter the Great) talks about Castles of Steel: Britain, Germany, and the Winning of the Great War at Sea. Chicago Cultural Center. 10 AM

“Origins of Christianity, Part I” Film screening. Jerome Prieur and Gerard Mordillat’s epic history of the Christian faith from 30 to 150 AD was originally broadcast on French television. It screens at the festival in two installments (Part II on 11/7), each lasting 260 minutes. Facets Cinematheque. 10 AM

“From Farm to Table” Panel on organic agriculture with Green City Market founder Abby Mandel, Tod Murphy of Vermont’s Farmers Diner, David Cleverdon of Kinnikinnick Farm, Gerald Adelmann of the Openlands Project, and Ritz-Carlton chef Sarah Stegner. National-Louis University. 10:30 AM Sold-out.

“Now’s the Time” Readings by members of the Neighborhood Writing Alliance. Loyola University. Free, but tickets required. 10:30 AM

“The Ravages of Time” Panel on “self-portraits painted at various times in an artist’s career” with art historians Richard Brettell, Stephen Eisenman, and Claudia Swan; moderated by Art Institute curator Gloria Groom. Art Institute. 10:30 AM

“Two-Minute Warnings, Sudden Death Overtimes, and Running Out the Clock” Discussion with Lester Munson of Sports Illustrated, Sun-Times sportswriter Ron Rapoport, and University of Chicago athletic director Thomas Weingartner. Roosevelt University. 11 AM

Robert Remini (Andrew Jackson and His Indian Wars) speaks on “Jackson’s Indian Policies.” Northwestern University School of Law. 11:30 AM

Julian Jackson The historian discusses The Fall of France: The Nazi Invasion of 1940. Alliance Francaise. noon Sold-out.

Edward P. Jones reads from his Pulitzer-winning novel, The Known World. Harold Washington Library Center. noon Sold-out.

David Lodge The British novelist (Author, Author) speaks on “Time in the Novel.” First United Methodist Church. noon

Margaret Macmillan The historian (Women of the Raj) presents “Recapturing Vanished Worlds: Women of the Raj.” Chicago Historical Society. 12:30 PM

Audrey Niffenegger and Charles Dickinson discuss their novels The Time Traveler’s Wife and A Shortcut in Time, respectively, in a program called “Local Time.” Chicago Cultural Center. 12:30 PM Sold-out.

Iowa International Writers University of Iowa international writing program director Christopher Merrill heads up a panel of discussion and readings by the program’s resident writers. Roosevelt University. 1 PM

“On a Forever Ordinary Sunday” Art Institute curator Douglas Druick discusses “the radical expression of time” in Georges Seurat’s painting A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, 1884. Art Institute. 1 PM

“Poetry/Women/Art” Dialogue with artists Beth Shadur, Granite Amit, Laura Cloud, Iris Goldstein, Deva Suckerman, and Mirjana Ugrinov and poets Jan Beatty, Robin Behn, Lois Roma-Deeley, and Judith Vollmer. Loyola University. 1 PM

“Regarding the Built Environment” Urban planning panel with Metropolitan Planning Council president MarySue Barrett, Jack Swenson of the Department of Planning and Environment, Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois director David Bahlman, architect John F. Hartray Jr., and author Kristen Schaffer (Daniel H. Burnham: Visionary Architect and Planner). National-Louis University. 1 PM

Geoffrey R. Stone The NU law prof talks about Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime From the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism. Northwestern University School of Law. 1:30 PM

Chuck D talks about “Hip-Hop and the Digital Divide.” First United Methodist Church. 2 PM

John Crowley and Peter Straub The novelists address “the technical uses of time in literature” in a program called “The Work of Time”; moderated by Roosevelt University prof Gary Wolfe. Alliance Francaise. 2 PM

Norman Sherry discusses The Life of Graham Greene. Harold Washington Library Center. 2 PM

“Annals of Revolt: 1848” University of Chicago scholars William Sewell and Francoise Meltzer assess “the revolutionary actions that erupted across Europe” in 1848. Chicago Historical Society. 2:30 PM

“Tan Manhattan” See Fri 11/5. $15. Symphony Center. 2:30 PM

“Fashion Time: Mirroring the Past, Envisioning the Future” Chicago Historical Society costumes collection manager Tim Long revisits fashions of previous eras, and journalist Teri Agins (The End of Fashion) offers views on today’s styles; a fashion show follows. Chicago Cultural Center. 3 PM Sold-out.

“Michelangelo, in His Time and Through Time” Lecture by art historian Jean Goldman. Art Institute. 3 PM

Sharon Olds and John Barr The poets read from and discuss their work. Loyola University. 3:30 PM Sold-out.

“Ourselves as Others See Us” Panel of D.C.-based news bureau chiefs with Yasemin Congar (Turkey), Rupert Cornwell (London), Sridhar Krishnaswami (India), and Siu-wai Cheung (China); moderated by Global Center Chicago director Richard C. Longworth. Northwestern University School of Law. 3:30 PM Sold-out.

“Shared Space” Panel with architects Abbad Al Radi, Amir Pasic, Arthur Spector, and Michael Sorkin; moderated by Graham Foundation director Richard Solomon. National-Louis University. 3:30 PM

Russell Banks reads from his latest novel, The Darling. Harris Theater for Music and Dance. 4 PM

Linda Perlstein The Washington Post reporter presents Not Much Just Chillin’: The Hidden Lives of Middle Schoolers. Museum of Contemporary Art. 4 PM

Roger Shattuck (Proust’s Way: A Field Guide to ‘In Search of Lost Time’) speaks on “Proust, Einstein, and the Fourth Dimension.” Harold Washington Library Center. 4 PM

Mark Salzman talks about True Notebooks: A Writer’s Year at Juvenile Hall in a program called “Transcending Environment.” First United Methodist Church. 4 PM

“Last Tango in Paris” Film screening. The operatic extravagance of Bernardo Bertolucci’s style has emerged more clearly since this 1972 drama, which still managed to seem vaguely naturalistic in the midst of its extravagant camera moves and eccentric construction. The surface plausibility is probably the contribution of Marlon Brando, whose performance has strength and detail enough to counterbalance Bertolucci’s taste for pure psychological essence. With Maria Schneider as Brando’s lover and Jean-Pierre Leaud in the Ralph Bellamy part (he has a job). Photography by Vittorio Storaro. In English and subtitled French. 127 min. (Dave Kehr). Facets Cinematheque. 7 PM

“Ferdydurke” Witold Gombrowicz’s novel, a Faustian fable about a writer transformed into a teenager and sent back to school, has been adapted for the stage by Poland’s Teatr Provisorium & Kompania Teatr, which performs the work in English. Merle Reskin Theater. $10. 7:30 PM

“Songs of Our Time” Cabaret performance hosted by Andrea Marcovicci and featuring Sharon McKnight. Harris Theater for Music and Dance. $10. 7:30 PM Sold-out.

“uBung (Practice)” This multimedia piece from Belgium’s Victoria explores the passage from childhood to adulthood. A group of children ages 11-14 watch a film of adults misbehaving at a country weekend dinner party, then lip-synch the conversation they’ve just heard while mimicking the adult behaviors. Ticket-buyers for uBung may attend the 11/6 4 PM Linda Perlstein presentation for no additional charge (reservations required). See Critic’s Choice in Theater & Performance for more. Museum of Contemporary Art. $15. 7:30 PM


“Origins of Christianity, Part II” Film screening. Jerome Prieur and Gerard Mordillat’s epic history of the Christian faith from 30 to 150 AD was originally broadcast on French television. It screens at the festival in two installments (Part I on 11/6), each lasting 260 minutes. Facets Cinematheque. 10 AM

August Wilson The Tribune Literary Prize is presented to Wilson, one of contemporary theater’s most prominent playwrights, author of a cycle of dramas chronicling the 20th-century African-American experience. Symphony Center. $15. 10 AM

Steven Chu The Nobel Prize-winning physicist lectures on “The Physics of Time.” National-Louis University. noon Sold-out.

“The Depiction of Time: Clocks in Early Modern European Culture” Discussion with museum consultant Will Andrewes and Art Institute curator Bruce Boucher. Art Institute. noon

Douglas Glover The Canadian novelist (Elle) speaks on “Narrative Time and Consciousness.” Chicago Cultural Center. noon

“Annals of Revolt: 1968” Author Mark Kurlansky (1968: The Year That Rocked the World) presides over a panel on “a world-changing year of international social upheaval”; with journalists Edward Mortimer and Carol Brightman, historian Julian Jackson, and Congressman Bobby Rush. Chicago Historical Society. 12:30 PM Sold-out.

Donald Margulies The Pulitzer-winning playwright (Dinner With Friends) discusses his work with former Tribune theater critic Richard Christiansen in a program called “Time Is the Worst Thing in the World”; actors Tracy Letts and Mike Nussbaum perform a scene from Margulies’s latest, Brooklyn Boy. Harris Theater for Music and Dance. 12:30 PM

Ward Just and Ann Patchett receive the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for fiction and nonfiction, respectively, for An Unfinished Season and Truth and Beauty: A Friendship. Symphony Center. 1 PM

Alex Kotlowitz discusses Never a City So Real: A Walk in Chicago in a program called “Accidental Chicagoan.” Harold Washington Library Center. 1 PM

“Gregorian Time Travel” Lecture by Princeton musicologist Peter Jeffrey; with performances by Ars Musica. Roosevelt University. 1:30 PM

“Play It by Ear” Improvised operatic scenes and arias by a troupe of singers and instrumentalists. Three Arts Club. 2 PM

“The United Nations in the World Today” Lecture by former Mexican ambassador to the UN Adolfo Aguilar Zinser. Chicago Cultural Center. 2 PM

“Shiva Nataraja, Timeless Dancer” Talk by Art Institute Asian art coordinator Betty Seid; a performance by Natya Dance Theater principal dancer Krithika Rajagopalan follows. Three Arts Club. 2:30 PM

“The Dreamers” Film screening. On the eve of the May 1968 demonstrations in Paris, a young American film freak (Michael Pitt) meets a vaguely incestuous French brother and sister (Louis Garrel and Eva Green) at the Cinematheque Francais and gets drawn into their perverse games, which involve sex as well as cinephilia. Less sexy, believable, literary, and transgressive than Gilbert Adair’s 1988 source novel The Holy Innocents, which he adapted for director Bernardo Bertolucci, this watchable if far-fetched movie (2003) is seriously marred by its three leads; only Garrel manages to suggest a person rather than a fashion model dutifully following instructions. And ironically, despite the nudity that provoked an NC-17 rating, the film suffers from its own censorship of the novel’s homosexual elements. 115 min. (Jonathan Rosenbaum) Facets Cinematheque. 3 PM

“Ferdydurke” See Sat 11/6. Merle Reskin Theater. $10. 3 PM

James M. McPherson (Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era) speaks on “The Global Impact of the Civil War.” Harris Theater for Music and Dance. 3 PM

Gary Saul Morson The Northwestern scholar discusses how “the great Russian writers challenged determinism’s preordained outcomes” in a program called “From Determinism’s Moment to Open Time.” Roosevelt University. 3 PM

“New Voices” Writer Stuart Dybek introduces three newly published authors: novelists Sarah Shun-lien Bynum (Madeleine Is Sleeping) and Le Thi Diem Thuy (The Gangster We Are All Looking For) and memoirist Faith Adiele (Meeting Faith: The Forest Journals of a Black Buddhist Nun). Harold Washington Library Center. 3 PM

“Page One Meeting” Tribune managing editor James O’Shea heads up a panel on “the provocative issues and images journalists confront every day.” Chicago Historical Society. 3 PM Sold-out.

McGuire Gibson The University of Chicago archaeologist considers the destruction of cultural artifacts in “Erasing the Past, Diminishing the Future.” National-Louis University. 4 PM

Sean McConville (The Use of Punishment) speaks on “The Political Prisoner.” Alliance Francaise. 4 PM

Michael Wilmington The Tribune movie critic examines prison films in “‘Doing Time’ in Film.” Chicago Cultural Center. 4PM

“You Might as Well Live” Showcased last year as part of Theatre Building Chicago’s “Stages 2003” festival, this new musical explores the life of writer Dorothy Parker through her own verse, set to music by Norman Mathews. Chicago-bred Broadway diva Karen Mason stars in this one-woman show. Harris Theater for Music and Dance. $10. 7:30 PM Sold-out.

“Be Music, Night” The Peter Brotzmann Chicago Tentet, joined by Welsh performer Mike Pearson, performs a musical work combining the poetry of Kenneth Patchen and improvisation. Northwestern University School of Law. $10. 8 PM


“Johnny G. & Noel C.” Rosemary Harris stars in this tribute to British playwright Noel Coward and acting legend John Gielgud. Harris enacts characters from Coward’s plays as well as female roles from plays famously associated with Gielgud. Devised by writer Barry Day, the piece also stars Paxton Whitehead as Gielgud, Simon Jones as Coward, and cabaret singer Steve Ross. Northwestern University School of Law. $10. 7 PM Sold-out.


Joseph Califano discusses his memoir, Inside: A Public and Private Life. Northwestern University School of Law. 6 PM

Peter Greenaway The film director talks about his work in a conversation with Facets Multimedia’s Charles Coleman. Northwestern University School of Law. 8 PM


Germaine Greer (The Female Eunuch) speaks on “aging and its impact on our perception of time” in a program titled “Speeding Up or Slowing Down?” Northwestern University School of Law. 6 PM Sold-out.

“The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part I: The Moab Story” Film screening. Peter Greenaway is setting out to prove that cinema is dead by fashioning a massive, multimedia personal history of the 20th century. Standing in for Greenaway is Tulse Luper, a Gump-like globe-trotter who comes to possess 92 suitcases–92 being the atomic number of uranium. In this first installment of what’s sure to be an endless river of self-referential upchuck, Tulse grows up in southern Wales, cavorts among idiot Mormons in Utah, and pisses off some Nazis in Antwerp. More than ever, Greenaway tests the audience’s annoyance threshold with multiple overlapping images and sounds. Supposedly a signpost to the future of visual media, this is really a model of what a film shouldn’t be. 127 min. (Mark Peranson) Facets Cinematheque. 7 PM

Gene Wolfe discusses his prolific career as a sci-fi novelist in a conversation with Neil Gaiman called “Master of Time.” DePaul University Student Center. 7 PM

Neil Gaiman The fantasy author-illustrator talks about his work in a program called “New Stuff.” DePaul University Student Center. 8:30 PM


“The Future of Social Security” Panel with Atlantic Monthly journalist James Fallows, Heritage Foundation fellow David C. John, Social Security deputy commissioner James B. Lockhart, Center for American Progress economist Christian E. Weller, and AFL-CIO public policy assistant director Shaun O’Brien; moderated by Aon Corporation general counsel D. Cameron Findlay. Northwestern University School of Law. 6 PM

“The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part II: Vaux to the Sea” Film screening. From the UK comes this most recent installment of Peter Greenaway”s multimedia epic about Tulse Luper, a “professional writer and project-maker, caught up in a life of prisons.” 108 min. Facets Cinematheque. 7 PM


James Fallows The Atlantic Monthly journalist discusses the issues of the day in “News of the Moment.” Northwestern University School of Law. noon

“Playing With Time” Panel on “transforming historical materials in order to bring the past into the present” with novelists Rosellen Brown and Alex Michod, poets Jana Harris and Lawrence Joseph, and journalist Alex Kotlowitz; moderated by Northwestern law lecturer Leigh Bienen. Northwestern University School of Law. 3 PM

“Harold in Chicago” Staged readings of an opera in progress based on the life of mayor Harold Washington, featuring music by Edward Wilkerson Jr. and libretto by Elizabeth S. Wilkerson. Northwestern University School of Law. $10. 7 PM

Paul Muldoon and James Fenton The poets discuss their work and consider “The Eternity of the Poem.” Saint James Cathedral. 7 PM

“The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part III: Antwerp” Film screening. Though it was completed prior to part two, this 2003 feature from the Netherlands and the UK concludes Peter Greenaway’s multimedia epic about Tulse Luper, a “professional writer and project-maker, caught up in a life of prisons.” 105 min. Facets Cinematheque. 7 PM


“Annals of Revolt: 1979” Panel on 1979’s events in the Middle East with journalist Stephen Kinzer (All the Shah’s Men), historian Juan Cole, and international banker Karim Pakravan; moderated by World Trade Center Chicago president Allan N. Lever. Chicago Historical Society. 10 AM

“Bernardo Bertolucci: Filmmaker” Talk by Facets Multimedia director Milos Stehlik; clips from Bertolucci films will be shown. First United Methodist Church. 10 AM

“The Encyclopedia of Chicago” Editors James R. Grossman, Ann Durkin Keating, and Janice L. Reiff discuss the massive new tome. Newberry Library. 10 AM

“Mock Judicial Appeal: Slats Grobnik v. Fat Food” Lawyers Leslie M. Smith and Bernard R. Tresnowski argue for Slats, Philip L. Harris and Alan N. Salpeter for the defense; judges Suzanne B. Conlon, Charles P. Kocoras, and Warren D. Wolfson decide. Northwestern University School of Law. ($25 with optional catered meal.) 10 AM

“My Architect: A Son’s Journey” Film screening. This absorbing, beautiful documentary is the first-person odyssey of Nathaniel Kahn, son of legendary architect Louis Kahn by one of his longtime mistresses. Despite his accomplishments, Kahn Sr. died a penniless loner in Penn Station in 1974, leaving behind three families, none of them aware of the others’ existence. Seeking to unravel his father’s mysterious personal life, Nathaniel combines rare personal footage and compelling interviews with the elder Kahn’s colleagues, friends, and families. While avoiding easy answers, Nathaniel achieves a spiritual communion with his father by studying his architectural legacy (which includes the Salk Institute and the National Assembly of Bangladesh). The great buildings are shown in meditative tracking shots that affirm the life-altering power of art. 116 min. (David Schwartz). Museum of Contemporary Art. 10 AM Sold-out.

S. Jay Olshansky speaks on The Quest for Immortality: Science at the Frontiers of Aging. Alliance Francaise. 10 AM

“Origins of Christianity” Filmmakers Jerome Prieur and Gerard Mordillat discuss their documentary Origins of Christianity; moderated by historian Garry Wills. Chicago Cultural Center. 10 AM

Paul Theroux (Dark Star Safari: Overland From Cairo to Cape Town) presents “The Truth of Travel.” Saint James Cathedral. 10 AM Sold-out.

“Time and Truth” Panel with novelist Valerie Martin (Property), playwright Charles Smith (Free Man of Color), and Civil War historian David Blight; moderated by historian Charles Branham. DePaul University Student Center. 10 AM

Richard Dawkins talks about The Ancestor’s Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution; he’ll be joined in reading by his wife, actress Lalla Ward. Newberry Library. noon Sold-out.

Firoozeh Dumas discusses Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America. Alliance Francaise. noon Sold-out.

William Gibson (Neuromancer) talks about “time and chronology” in his sci-fi works in a interview with Northwestern lit scholar Bill Savage. Saint James Cathedral. noon

“Lamenting Lost Time in Written Word” Discussion with novelists Jeffery Renard Allen (Rails Under My Back) and Bayo Ojikutu (47th Street Black). Chicago Cultural Center. noon

Joyce Carol Oates reads from her latest novel, The Falls. First United Methodist Church. noon

“The Beatles in Time” Discussion with WXRT host Terri Hemmert and musicologist Glenn Gass. DePaul University Student Center. 12:30 PM

“The Emerging World” Panel with Bombay-based Business Week reporter Manjeet Kripalani, historian Timothy Garton Ash (Free World: America, Europe, and the Surprising Future of the West), journalist Andrew Meier (Black Earth: A Journey Through Russia After the Fall), and Economist African bureau chief Robert Guest (The Shackled Continent: Power, Corruption, and African Lives); moderated by Sun-Times publisher John Cruickshank. Chicago Historical Society. 12:30 PM Sold-out.

“Remembering Louis Kahn” Panel with Kahn scholars Kathleen James-Chakraborty and Daniel Hoffman, art historian David Brownlee, and filmmaker Nathaniel Kahn (My Architect: A Son’s Journey); moderated by UIC architecture director Daniel S. Friedman. Museum of Contemporary Art. 12:30 PM Sold-out.

Cynthia Ozick reads from her latest novel, Heir to the Glimmering World. Northwestern University School of Law. 1:30 PM

“Below the Surface: Life Within Our Rivers, Streams, and Lakes” Talk by naturalist Joel Greenberg (A Natural History of the Chicago Region); he’ll be joined by singer-songwriters Tom and Chris Kastle. Alliance Francaise. 2 PM

Carlos Eire (Waiting for Snow in Havana) offers “Confessions of a Wayward Historian.” First United Methodist Church. 2 PM

Shirley Hazzard and Alice McDermott The novelists “exchange views on the writing craft and the role of the novel in today’s world”; moderated by author Carol Anshaw. Chicago Cultural Center. 2 PM

Galway Kinnell presents “A Life in Poetry” and reads his work. Newberry Library. 2 PM

“Remembrance of Things Past” Musical performance on period instruments by the Ars Antigua ensemble. Quigley Preparatory Seminary, chapel. 2 PM Sold-out.

Kim Stanley Robinson (Forty Signs of Rain) presents “Science Fiction: It’s About Time.” Saint James Cathedral. 2 PM

“Global Chicago: What Kind of Town, Chicago Is?” Global Center Chicago director Richard C. Longworth, management consultant Clare Munana. Sun-Times columnist Mark Brown, DePaul journalism prof Laura Washington, and Cook County assessor James M. Houlihan discuss the new book Global Chicago; moderated by WTTW’s Chicago Tonight executive producer Mike Leiderman. Chicago Historical Society. 3 PM Sold-out.

“Fire and Blood” Composer Michael Daugherty presents his concerto for violin and orchestra inspired by Diego Rivera’s Detroit frescoes, along with a slide presentation. Museum of Contemporary Art. 3:30 PM

“Iraq: Constituting a Nation” Panel with Northwestern’s Center for International Human Rights director Douglass Cassel, Tribune journalist Stephen Franklin, and Iraqi Forum for Democracy VP Feisal al-Istrabadi; moderated by John Marshall Law School global legal studies chair Mark Wojcik. DePaul University Student Center. 3:30 PM

“Redemption Time” Panel on “redemption during and after penal incarceration” with Village Voice reporter Jennifer Gonnerman (Life on the Outside), DePaul prof Ann Folwell Stanford, attorney Andrea Lyon, artist Margaret Burroughs, and writer Zak Mucha (The Beggar’s Shore). Northwestern University School of Law. 3:30 PM

Clark Blaise (Time Lord: Sir Sandford Fleming and the Creation of Standard Time) expounds upon “The Creation of Standard Time.” Alliance Francaise. 4 PM

Clive James offers “A Critical Perspective” on his wide range of literary work. Chicago Cultural Center. 4 PM

Victor Villasenor (Rain of Gold) presents “Family Stories.” Saint James Cathedral. 4 PM

“Peninsula” Performance by the Peter Sparling Dance Company “celebrating Michigan’s diverse cultural and geographic landscapes.” Harold Washington Library Center. 8 PM Sold-out.


“The Gould ‘Hours,’ a Medieval Best Seller” Panel with Newberry rare books curator Paul Saenger, art historian James Marrow, and Northwestern professor emerita Sandra Hoffman. Newberry Library. 10 AM

Sue Miller (The Good Mother) presents “Time, Memory, and ‘The Story of My Father.'” Loyola University. 10 AM

Tom Wolfe reads from his new novel, I Am Charlotte Simmons. Merle Reskin Theater. 10 AM Sold-out.

EU Literary Panel Artist Claudia Traudt leads a discussion with writers Claudio Magris (Italy), Liane Dirks (Germany), Vladimir Vertlib (Austria), and Joakin Montero (Spain). Alliance Francaise. 11 AM

Maxine Hong Kingston and Nuala O’Faolain The memoirists present “The Father/Daughter Dance”; moderated by Public Square board chair Lisa Lee. Northwestern University School of Law. 11 AM

Bharati Mukherjee (The Tree Bride) discusses “The Hindu Concept of Time.” Newberry Library. noon Sold-out.

“Parallel Lives” Pablo Helguera’s “fugue in five biographies” combines music, spoken word, and visual art to examine the lives of five “fascinating yet obscure visionaries”; Renaissance Society president Hamza Walker interviews Helguera following the performance. Museum of Contemporary Art. noon

Patricia Williams reads from her memoir, Open House: Of Family, Food, Friends, Piano Lessons, and the Search for a Room of My Own. Loyola University. noon

William Kennedy (Ironweed) presents “A Place in Time” in an interview with Pepperdine University chair of great books Donald Marshall. First United Methodist Church. 12:30 PM

Debra Dickerson (The End of Blackness) discusses “The ‘Self-Appointed Spokesperson’: Bearing Witness or Carpetbagging?” Harold Washington Library Center. 1 PM

Andrew Sean Greer reads from his novel The Confessions of Max Tivoli. Alliance Francaise. 1:30 PM

Scott Turow and Laura Kipnis interview each other about “crimes of love” in their respective books. Northwestern University School of Law. 1:30 PM

Juan Cole (Sacred Space and Holy War) discusses “The Sunni-Shiite Split.” Chicago Historical Society. 2 PM Sold-out.

James Gleick (Isaac Newton) presents “Relatively Absolute (and Vice Versa).” Loyola University. 2 PM Sold-out.

Pankaj Mishra (The End of Suffering: The Buddha in the World) talks about “The Buddha in His Time.” Newberry Library. 2 PM

Lawrence Weschler and Ira Glass Weschler discusses his book Vermeer in Bosnia: Cultural Comedies and Political Tragedies in a conversation with This American Life host Glass. DePaul University Student Center. 3 PM

“Swing Time: Klezmer and All That Jazz” Musical program with the Chicago Klezmer Ensemble and jazz trumpeter David Young. Harold Washington Library Center. 3:30 PM Sold-out.

Jonathan Galassi and Scott Turow Poet and Farrar, Straus & Giroux president Galassi and novelist Turow discuss the writer/editor relationship in a program called “The Time It Takes.” Newberry Library. 4 PM

Mohsin Hamid (Moth Smoke) talks about “Pakistan Today.” Chicago Historical Society. 4 PM

“Memoirs and Time” Scholars Mary Ann Caws, Christie McDonald, Jacqueline Taylor, and Rosemary Lloyd discuss “ways of visualizing and memorializing events, places, and persons from one’s past.” Loyola University. 4 PM

“Slow Food: Peace of Bread” Rose Spinelli screens her video Baking Bread (2001, 30 min.), about the cultural importance of bread in Sicily; she’ll be joined by food writer Janine MacLachlan to discuss “the meaning of food in our lives.” Alliance Francaise. 4 PM

Roddy Doyle reads from his latest novel, Oh, Play That Thing; students in Northwestern’s jazz studies program will perform Louis Armstrong works as a complement to Doyle’s talk. First United Methodist Church. 4:30 PM

“Time Capsules” Performance by pianist Kevin Cole. Merle Reskin Theater. 4:30 PM Sold-out.

“Campaign of the Century” Writer Upton Sinclair’s 1934 bid to become governor of California is depicted in this new musical by Steven Lutvak and Robert L. Freedman. Merle Reskin Theater. $10. 6:30 PM

Alliance Francaise 54 W. Chicago

Art Institute Fullerton Hall, Michigan & Adams

Chicago Cultural Center Claudia Cassidy Theater, 78 E. Washington

Chicago Historical Society 1601 N. Clark

DePaul University Student Center 2250 N. Sheffield

Facets Cinematheque 1517 W. Fullerton

First United Methodist Church 77 W. Washington

Harold Washington Library Center 400 S. State

Harris Theater for Music and Dance 205 E. Randolph

Loyola University Rubloff Auditorium, 25 E. Pearson

Merle Reskin Theater DePaul University, 60 E. Balbo

Museum of Contemporary Art 220 E. Chicago

National-Louis University second-floor atrium, 122 S. Michigan

Newberry Library 60 W. Walton

Northwestern University School of Law Thorne Auditorium, 375 E. Chicago

Quigley Preparatory Seminary 103 E. Chestnut

Roosevelt University Ganz Hall, 430 S. Michigan

Saint James Cathedral 65 E. Huron

Symphony Center Armour Stage, 220 S. Michigan

Three Arts Club 1300 N. Dearborn