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Ta-Nehisi Coates, Jill Soloway, Alan Alda & More Added To Chicago Humanities Festival Events

By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Aug 14, 2017 4:14PM

Ta-Nehisi Coates / Getty Images / Photo: Anna Webber

The Chicago Humanities Festival fall program will be Fallfest/17: Belief, taking place in various locations around Chicago from Oct. 28 through Nov. 12. Based around the central question, "What do we mean by 'Belief'?" it will attract some great thinkers and luminaries from across the arts, education and politics.

This morning organizers announced the next round of headliners for Fallfest/17: Belief. Ta-Nehisi Coates will join NPR host Krista Tippett for a live taping of her program, On Being. Transparent and I Love Dick creator Jill Soloway will appear to join in a discussion of her own work. Actor Alan Alda will interview biologist Edward O. Wilson about his work in sociobiology. Astronaut Scott Kelly will make an appearance discussing his record for unbroken days of living and working on the International Space Station. And Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson will open the first day of Fallfest/17: Belief in Oct. 28th, and be honored with the Chicago Tribune Literary Award.

This latest wave joins previously announced headliners, former Vice President Al Gore, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power, author Ron Chernow, and Reza Aslan, host of CNN's Believer.

The full line-up and schedule will be announced on Sept. 6.

Tickets for the live taping of On Being and Samantha Power’s program will go on sale to Chicago Humanities Festival members at 10 a.m. on Aug. 23, and on sale to the general public on Aug. 28.

Tickets for many of the other headlining events
will go on sale to Chicago Humanities Festival members on Sept. 19, and on sale to the general public on Sept. 26.