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Humanities 2020 Mellon Foundation Grant

Lake Forest College’s Humanities 2020, a partnership initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, works to enhance and advance humanities education through engagement with the issue of racism in the Chicagoland area.

Upcoming Events

Free Street Theater - 50 Years of History and Collaboration Methods Workshop

Wednesday  November 10 | 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. | Hixon Hall

Register for the Free Street Workshop. Space is limited.

Free Street Theater returns to Lake Forest College after an on-campus workshop in 2019 and a remote workshop in 2020. Professor Chloe Johnson in collaboration with Free Street Theater explores the history of Free Street Theater creating work that address racism and inequality in the Chicagoland area. The workshop will feature Free Street’s story gathering and storytelling methods.

From Free Street Theater’s website: “At Free Street, all of our original shows use a complex community-engagement process to develop material, inviting diverse groups of people to talk, play, and problem-solve.  We specialize in bringing people together to discuss difficult issues in fun, complicated, and deeply human ways.”

Humanities 2020 Monthly Snack Chat

A monthly lunchtime conversation with Humanities 2020 Faculty Fellows, Staff, and Students about grant initiatives and how those initiatives are engaging in the issue of racism in the Chicagoland area.

    • Wednesday December 1 | 11:55 a.m. - 12:55 p.m. | Tarble Room

    Register here to help us order the correct amount of food for the event

    Chicago Humanities Festival: Illinois Poet Laureate Angela Jackson: A Celebration

    Saturday November 13 | 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. | Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts

    Email for attendance and travel information.

    This program is presented in partnership with the Poetry Foundation and Lake Forest College.

    When  Angela Jackson was named Illinois Poet Laureate in 2020, she quoted her legendary predecessor Gwendolyn Brooks, saying ‘Poetry is life distilled." A poet, playwright, and novelist, Jackson’s repertoire—including poetry collections like Pulitzer Prize-nominated  It Seems Like a Mighty Long Time and American Book Award-winning novel  Where I Must Go—cements her place next to Brooks among Chicago literary giants.

    Our very own Professor RL Watson joins this celebration of Jackson’s remarkable career in one essential afternoon with an amazing line-up of poets reading and performing, emceed by the fabulous poets Parneshia Jones and Avery R. Young.

    Humanities 2020 Mellon Grant Team

    Desmond Odugu
    Chair of Education
    Associate Professor of Education

    Ryan Walters
    Humanities 2020 Grant Coordinator

    Davis Schneiderman
    Krebs Provost and Dean of the Faculty
    Professor of English

    Brighten Jelke
    Academic Assistant for Virtual Technology

    Anna Jones
    Associate Dean of the Faculty
    Professor of History