Past Programs

Illinois Humanities presented:


In August 1968, the protests at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago had a massive impact on society. Public Media Institute in partnership with Illinois Humanities examines this movement 50 years later, by curating events, exhibitions, radio programming, and Chicago premiere of The Radicalization Process to bring the community together to talk about the future of the past. LEARN MORE

Continuing Ed: Parents and the Future of Illinois Public Schools

What should we expect from public education? How can schools best serve the diverse needs of their students? Continuing Ed. was a yearlong, statewide series of free public programs that put parents and schools back at the center of conversations addressing these difficult questions. LEARN MORE

Crowd Out Chicago

Leading up to the October 1, 2017, 3 PM performance from a 1000-voice choir, Illinois Humanities will be hosting a series of community conversations and performances in each of Chicago's 50 wards. LEARN MORE

Data, Democracy, and the Human Story

The phenomenon known as “big data” is changing the way businesses, governments, and citizens collect and use information. Join us for a set of interdisciplinary conversations examining how this information explosion is impacting our society and culture, from social media to surveillance and privacy. LEARN MORE

Engagement Fellowship at the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

In partnership with the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting, the 12-month Illinois Humanities Engagement Fellowship deepens our efforts to strengthen connections and build collaboration between journalists and the communities they cover throughout the state of Illinois. LEARN MORE

Everyone’s a Designer/Everyone’s Design

Everyone’s a Designer/Everyone’s Design was a glimpse inside the unique homes of five Chicago residents and an interactive display of objects and stories the exhibition collected as it traveled to Calumet Park, Indian Boundary Line Park, Austin Town Hall, and Tuley Park. LEARN MORE

Illinois Capitol Forum on America’s Future

Capitol Forum supports teachers in their social studies classrooms, addresses global issues affecting democracy, and encourages civic participation among students. Collaboration with Illinois State University's History Department allows teachers and students opportunity to benefit from the University's resources and campus. LEARN MORE

Illinois Speaks

Community-driven, small group conversations that strengthen society by fueling inquiry and conversation about the ideas and works that shape our culture. LEARN MORE

Immigrant Landscape

Immigrant Landscape was a series of nature walks in 2019 at the Sand Ridge Nature Center where participants discussed with a historian and naturalist the hidden role of weeds in shaping Illinois. LEARN MORE

OpenICE: Concerts and Conversations

Produced by ICE in partnership with Illinois Humanities, this series of intimate performances and workshops is located in intimate, unique spaces. LEARN MORE

People-Powered Publishing Conference

Strengthening the connections between journalists and the communities they cover LEARN MORE

ProPublica Illinois Engagement Challenge Award

Engaging Illinois residents in the investigative reporting process through inclusive, interactive community-building experiences. LEARN MORE

Reporting Back

Advancing Illinois Humanities’ commitment to strengthening society by fueling inquiry and conve, Reporting Back takes a new approach to creating stories that engage and empower the citizens they represent: by making public dialogue a central part of the reporting process from square one. LEARN MORE

Seeding Change? The Future of Our Farms and Communities

A three-part series looking at the connections between the future of agriculture and the future of rural Illinois communities - gathering people through conversations and meals. LEARN MORE

Sojourner Scholars

The Sojourner Scholars Program is an immersive, 3-week, college-level humanities program for high school students to promote intellectual growth, community, and civic participation. Through a series of seminars covering disciplines such as philosophy, film studies, history, and literature, the Sojourner Scholars program aims to both nurture student’s intellectual pursuits and support their emergence as critical and creative citizens. LEARN MORE

Talking Service: A Veterans Discussion Group

Talking Service is free and open to veterans, regardless of age, gender, or length of military experience. Groups in Aurora, Effingham, Carbondale, and Anna will meet during the Fall of 2016. LEARN MORE

The Jack Wing Society

Our business programming is supported in part by the Jack Wing Society, named in honor of our former board chair John A. “Jack” Wing, a leader in the finance industry and a tireless advocate of the humanities. LEARN MORE

The Oedipus Plays: Fate, Redemption, and Justice

A Community Reading Group + Theatre-Going Series LEARN MORE