Chicago Humanities Festival: Tony Kushner and Jeremy McCarter: Radical Stories



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>How has America been made and remade by men and women who dream of a better world? Why do we tell and retell their stories? Jeremy McCarter, author of Young Radicals: In the War for American Ideals and co-author with Lin-Manuel Miranda of Hamilton: The Revolution, brings forth an urgently needed conversation about the challenge and the necessity of depicting American dreamers with Tony Kushner, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Angels in America, the Academy Award-nominated screenplay of Lincoln, and the forthcoming The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures. Join us for a timely discussion about American ideals and the people who fight for them.

>A book signing will follow this program.

>This program is generously underwritten by Sally and Michael Feder and is presented in partnership with the Chicago Humanities Festival.

>*Ticketholders for this event may enter the museum with their event ticket beginning at 10:30. To enter earlier, please purchase a separate museum admission ticket.

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class="standard-sand">About the Speakers

>Jeremy McCarter is the author of Young Radicals: In the War for American Ideals and the co-author with Lin-Manuel Miranda of the bestseller Hamilton: The Revolution. He has written about culture and politics for New York, Newsweek, The New York Times, and Buzzfeed. He spent five years on the artistic staff of the Public Theater in New York. He studied history at Harvard and lives in Chicago.

>Tony Kushner's plays include A Bright Room Called Day; Angels in America, Parts One and Two; the musical Caroline, or Change and the opera A Blizzard on Marblehead Neck, both with composer Jeanine Tesori. Kushner is the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize, two Tony Awards, three Obie Awards, two Evening Standard Awards, an Olivier Award, an Emmy Award, two Oscar nominations, and the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award, among other honors. In 2012, he was awarded a National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama. He lives in Manhattan with his husband, Mark Harris.

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