Press Release


IHC part of Chicago Public Radio’s Chicago Amplified, a new web-exclusive audio library of diverse educational events recorded throughout the Chicago region.

Chicago—The Illinois Humanities Council (IHC) is one of eight of the initial partners for Chicago Public Radio’s Chicago Amplified, aweb-exclusive audio archive of Chicago-region public educational programs at The web archive not only makes these events available for future broadcast, but also for immediate listener download. With the collaboration of eight initial partners including Young Chicago Authors, Chicago Public Library, Community Media Workshop, and The Field Museum, Chicago Amplified was created in 2006 to bring wider distribution to some of the most exciting and informative public programming happening throughout the Chicago region.

Bringing these lectures, conversations, and panel discussions together in a web-exclusive audio archive, this project aims to both increase access to this ongoing public discourse and encourage us all to join it. Chicago Amplified offers the opportunity to explore new topics and share others’ experiences through educational projects facilitated by some of the world’s foremost scholars, authors, artists, policy makers, and community leaders.

Some of the recent IHC programs that have been included in the on-line audio archive include: What’s the Deal with the Veil? Women in the Islamic World, a presentation by Political Science Professor Farhat Haq using scriptural and theological sources to discuss the important role of women in Muslim culture; An Introduction to Irish Musicby performer, teacher, and broadcaster Bryan Kelso Crow; and Illinois Women and the Winning of Women’s Suffrage, a presentation by dramatist Leslie Goddard who creates vivid portraits of some of history’s most memorable women.

For more information about Chicago Amplified, visit Further information about the Illinois Humanities Council may be obtained by visiting or calling 312.422.5580.

The Illinois Humanities Council is a nonprofit educational organization [501 (c) 3] dedicated to fostering a culture in which the humanities are a vital part of the lives of individuals and communities. Organized in 1973 as the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the IHC creates programs and funds organizations that promote greater understanding of, appreciation for, and involvement in the humanities by all Illinoisans, regardless of their economic resources, cultural background, or geographic location. The IHC is supported by state, federal, and private funds.


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