It’s Not All Talk at Chicago Ideas Curiosity Series 2017


Alec Baldwin will take a break from wearing orange this spring to speak at Chicago Ideas’ Curiosity Series.

The Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actor and writer will be talking about his memoir, Nevertheless, and he’ll be just one featured speaker in the series that will run from the end of February to May. The Vera Institute of will kick off the series on Thursday, February 23, by reimagining the current prison system and critically discussing the question, “What is prison for?”

A few other events include the director of the MIT Media Lab, Joi Ito, speaking about the intersection of creativity and technology, and the satirist Bassem Youssef, who will be talking about how he became the “Jon Stewart of the Arab World.” Chicago Ideas has events for the curious — from the future of gender to the future of human and artificial intelligence.

Gabrielle Zuckerman, director of programming at Chicago Ideas, wrote in a press release that “our audience is looking for ways to make a tangible difference in their communities—which is why all 2017 Curiosity Series events are accompanied by ‘action events’ intended to help attendees move the needle.”

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Questlove from the 2016 Curiosity Series

Tickets start at $15 and the events will take place at various venues across the city.

The other events in the Curiosity Series include:

  • Improving Society Through Tech: A Conversation with Joi Ito (March 15, 6:30–7:30pm, tickets go on sale on February 15)
  • The Joke is Mightier than the Sword with Bassem Youssef (March 27, 6:30–7:30pm, tickets go on sale February 24)
  • In Conversation: Alec Baldwin Beyond the Screen (April 11, 6:30–7:30pm, April 11, tickets go on sale March 2)
  • Future of Intelligence: Human, Machine and Extraterrestrial (May 11, 6:30–8:00pm, tickets go on sale March 30)

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Photo courtesy of Sona Jones of Chicago Ideas.

Colin S. Smith
Colin S. Smith

Colin Smith thinks that Chicago right now is the place to be for music. He works for Illinois Humanities, is a freelance writer, and plays psychedelic-pop songs with his band.