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2018 is the Year of Graphic! at the Chicago Humanities Festival. Notable headliners for the Spring iteration of Graphic! include world-renowned artist and activist Ai Weiwei, Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, The Roots’ Questlove, Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett, award-winning documentary filmmaker Errol Morris, and writer Ian Buruma. The Spring Festival will run from April 24 to April 29.

Graphic! is the CHF’s first-ever year-round theme. Graphic! will consider our rapidly evolving visual society by charting its expressions, opportunities, and limits. CHF’s programs this spring and fall will consider Graphic! from angles and mediums ranging from photography and mesmerizing screens to the coarsening of our language and politics.

Additional presenters this spring include author Clemantine Wamariya (The Girl Who Smiled Beads) who grew up in the Chicago-area after a six-year, seven-country odyssey fleeing the Rwandan genocide, investigative reporters Michael Isikoff and David Corn (Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump), young adult author Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give), graphic novelist Thi Bui (The Best We Could Do), and The Nation’s sportswriter, Dave Zirin. The festival will also consider the decline of democracy around the world, and histories of the iPhone, the remote control, and the Rorschach test. It will also devote a program to a discussion of The Bachelor’s diehard fan base—“Bachelor Nation”—and much more.

CHF will also convene a pair of panels: one featuring New York Times reporters who have been covering #MeToo and another looking at the ways the Times, Chicago Tribune, and Axios are integrating infographics and other forms of data visualization into their daily reporting. In a similar vein, artist Stefanie Posavec will be speaking to the ways in which she uses data to create expressive art and in turn make massive amounts of data more familiar and accessible.

“We’re bringing some of the most creative minds across art, design, media and storytelling,” said Marilynn Thoma Artistic Director Alison Cuddy. “They have a deep understanding of the potential and challenges of graphic technologies, and it will be exciting to see their experiments up close and in person.”

“Our annual Spring Festival has become a vital part of our year-round programming. This year’s lineup, building on our theme of Graphic!, dives deeply into art and design, as well as some of the pressing realities of our contemporary world—from the #MeToo movement to the global refugee crisis to often overlooked sites of American history,” said Executive Director Phillip Bahar.

To download a digital copy of the Spring program guide, visit chf.to/graphicspring. Tickets to all Spring Festival events and CHF Presents James Comey: Higher Loyalty go on sale to CHF members on Thursday, March 22 at 10 a.m. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, March 28 at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available at tickets.chicagohumanities.org and by calling the CHF Box Office at 312-605-8444, Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets range from $10-$40.

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