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The IHC is presenting the 2015 Public Humanities Award to Howard Tullman, CEO of the startup incubator 1871, for fostering a vibrant relationship between the humanities and business. Learn more about Howard and his accomplishments, and save the date for the Public Humanities Award Luncheon on Thursday, May 14, 2015.

PP Event

Join the Illinois Humanities Council for a lively and engaging public discussion on where we are as a nation on the issues of women's healthcare rights with award-winning author, journalist and poet Katha Pollitt. Katha Pollitt, writer of the "Subject to Debate" column for The Nation has "been hailed for her brilliance, wit, and great insight into politics, social issues, and women’s rights." Her most recent book, Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights, makes a powerful argument for abortion as a moral right and social good. Pollitt will be interviewed by WBEZ's Natalie Moore for this important, inclusive discussion on reproductive justice, personal freedoms, gender and culture.


The IHC is hosting two more Reporting Back neighborhood dialogues to inform forthcoming multimedia news stories produced by teams of journalists and community residents. Meet the journalists, share your perspectives, and take part in a crucial conversation about how media can more effectively tell the stories of neighborhoods affected by gun violence, March 4 in Bronzeville and March 16 in Humboldt Park.

Art OpenICE

Saxophonist Steve Lehman and recent Grammy-winning pianist Cory Smythe work at the margins of jazz and contemporary music. See them Saturday, March 7th at Constellation in the next edition of the monthly OpenICE series. Their performance will use the sound explorations of New York composer Alvin Lucier as a jumping-off point. After, they’ll talk with Ina Pinkney, the chef behind the former Ina’s Restaurant and a regular contributor to the Chicago Tribune's Dining Section.

MoMS App

"It's in a way instilling some civic pride and awareness and having the whole community come together and celebrate that and learn something." --Ron McCutchen, Princeton Library
The IHC's Museum on Main Street program brings Smithsonian traveling exhibitions to small museums, libraries, and historical societies in Illinois to celebrate and explore local heritage within the context of a broad national theme. The IHC will bring the Smithsonian exhibition, Water: Resource for Life, to Illinois in 2016, and is looking for organizations in Illinois interested in hosting the exhibition. Click here for more details about bringing Water: Resource for Life to your Illinois community.
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