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Oct. 18, 2005 Press Contact: Josh Schonwald
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City’s oldest humanities festival to celebrate art, music, literature this Saturday

If you’ve ever wanted to take a tour of residential architecture in historic Hyde Park, learn about Abraham in the Islamic tradition or catch a crash course on Shakespeare’s King Lear, you’re in luck. The 26th annual University of Chicago Humanities Open House is offering Chicagoans of all ages a chance to investigate all the various achievements of the human mind at the city’s oldest festival of humanities and the arts.

Presented free of charge this Saturday, Oct. 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. by the University’s Division of the Humanities, this year’s program features more than 30 tours, seminars and readings by University of Chicago faculty on subjects from art and language to philosophy and music. More than 900 visitors are expected to spend the day on the University campus, learning from many of Chicago’s most distinguished scholars.

The Humanities Open House is free and open to the public. For more information and a complete list of the day’s program, visit, call (773) 702-3175 or email

Participants are encouraged to visit the Web site and register in advance, or call for mail-in registration materials. Limited on-site registration is available on the day of the event at Walker Museum, 1115 E. 58th St.
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