Exploring the Humanities
Scholar chosen to lead Chicago Humanities Festival.
Matti Bunzl, a professor of anthropology and the director of the Program in Jewish Culture and Society in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been appointed as the next artistic director of the Chicago Humanities Festival, the largest humanities festival in the U.S. The appointment was effective at the conclusion of the 2010 festival. The three-week-long festival, first held in 1989, attracts thousands of visitors to Chicago each fall for a celebration of ideas. The festival brings together novelists, scholars, musicians, archaeologists, historians, artists, performers, playwrights, theologians, poets, architects, policy makers, and others to offer performances, screenings, exhibits, and discussions on a theme of universal interest.