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George Saunders, Misty Copeland, and Sybrina Fulton & Tracy Martin headline CHF’s Winter programs
The Chicago Humanities Festival is pleased to announce that Chicago-area native and short story master George Saunders, Misty Copeland, the first African American woman to be the principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre, and Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, parents of Trayvon Martin, will headline CHF’s Winter line-up with programs in February and March.
Fulton and Martin come to Chicago for a pair of intimate evenings to discuss the life of their son and the renewed, national conversation on equity and justice for people of color in America that followed his death. The Chicago Urban League and DuSable Museum of African American History are partnering with CHF for the February 16 and February 17 programs. The February 17 event will take place at the DuSable Museum.
On March 2, Saunders will discuss his much-anticipated first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo. Set, for the most part, over the course of a single night, Saunders reimagines the death of Willie Lincoln, its effect on the grief-stricken President, and how young Willie navigates the bardo, a sort of purgatory between life and the afterlife.
Copeland has singularly redefined the expectations of who can be a principal ballerina, all while inspiring a new generation to try their hand at ballet. She comes to CHF to discuss her path to the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House, the challenge of diversifying classical ballet, and perseverance in the face of poverty, racism, and injury. Copeland will wrap up the CHF NOW’s Winter program series on March 23. Award winning journalist and broadcaster Robin Robinson will join Copeland in conversation.
Tickets for CHFNow’s Winter 2017 schedule go on sale to CHF members on Wednesday, January 4, and to the general public on Thursday, January 12. Tickets can be purchased at tickets.chicagohumanities.org.