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Humanities Fest lineup: Citizenship debates, Patton Oswalt and Elvis Costello

Humanities Fest lineup: Citizenship debates, Patton Oswalt and Elvis Costello

You can let the planned appearances of musician Elvis Costello and well-known comics Patton Oswalt and Aasif Mandvi fool you into thinking the 2015 Chicago Humanities Festival might be leaning toward pop culture this year. Don't. The annual fall think-a-thon marks the beginning of its second quarter-century with a schedule that feels especially meaty. On a festival theme of "Citizens," speaker after speaker will address such topics as race relations in the wake of Ferguson and the indiscriminate data mining of the National Security Agency. The schedule, announced Tuesday afternoon, also includes a first-ever Pilsen Day to spotlight that Chicago neighborhood. "I...

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