In its 19th year, the Chicago Humanities Festival offers
Chicagoans a wide range of lectures, films and performances during its Fall
schedule, this year from October 3rd to November 16th. A full list of CHF
Programs for 2008 can be found at http://www.chfestival.org.

Eli’s Cheesecake has enjoyed a long term relationship with CHF
traditionally providing desserts for the CHF Annual Gala. Our educational
partner, Wright College, has also been a long time supporter of the CHF as one
of the few community colleges in the country that uses the Great Books
Curriculum.

Last year, Eli’s was delighted to work with Wright to bring
Richard Fishman, Professor and Chairman of the Creative Arts Council at Brown
University to Wright to speak about the Elm Tree Project.

This year we are honored that Colonel Eileen Collins, the first
women space shuttle pilot and commander, will speak at Wright as part of the
19th Annual Chicago Humanities Festival on Thursday, October 30th. The program
at 7:30pm is free to students and is only $5 for the general public. We are very
grateful to the City of Chicago Department of Aviation for supporting the
program.

Colonel Collins has been recognized as one of America’s most
admired woman. Her last mission was in July 2005 when she commanded the Space
Shuttle Discovery’s historic “Return to Flight” mission. This was NASA’s first
manned flight following the loss of the Shuttle Columbia.

As a child in Elmira, New York, Collins dreamed of becoming a
pilot. Because her family lacked the funds to send her away to college, Collins
first post-secondary degree was an associate’s degree in mathematics and science
at Corning Community College. This led to a bachelors degree at Syracuse
University and masters degrees from Stanford and Webster University.

In a time when math and science skills are so important and
there is a need for more students to see their careers can start at a community
college and take them literally to space, we are honored to welcome Colonel
Collins to Wright College and the 19th Annual Chicago Humanities
Festival.