One of our favorite times in Chicago is the weeks of the Chicago Humanities Festival. It was our honor to be a part of CHF history on Friday, October 27th when the 17th Annual Festival opened with a presentation by CHF
Artistic Director, Lawrence Weschler (“Ren”) on the “Graphics of Solidarity” which is part of his new book entitled “Everything that Rises: A Book of Convergence.”

This was both the first event of the CHF and Ren’s first event upon his arrival at O’Hare for the Festival. Appointed in January as its first Artistic Director, Ren has an outstanding background in the humanities as an author of 12 books and 20 years as a staff writer for the New Yorker Magazine as well as directing the New York Institute for the

Wright College has a long partnership with the Humanities Festival in connection with the Great Books Program and Wright also has a significant Polish American population. There was a capacity crowd for the presentation and for the reception afterwards that included Eli’s Cheesecake.

The theme of the 17th Annual Chicago Humanities Festival is “Peace and War: Facing Human Conflict.” The CHF continues through November 12th and information on programs can be found at


Eli’s President, Marc Schulman, Wright College Executive Dean of Instruction, Cynthia Cordes, and Wright President, Charles Guengerich, congratulate Lawrence Weschler on his outstanding presentation at Wright