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The 2014 Bughouse Square Debates

The 2014 Bughouse Square Debates

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 4:20pm

Join Rick Kogan and the Newberry Library in demonstrating that Chicago’s long and proud history as a hub of free speech is alive and well! The program starts at noon with stimulating and entertaining performances by the Shakespeare Project of Chicago, led by Stephen Spencer, and with the Environmental Encroachment Marching Band. Be part of the outspoken citizenry in Shakespeare’s Julius Ceasar and hear Brutus and Marc Antony’s famous speeches, as well as other rhetorical greats from Shakespeare.

The Debates will begin at 1 pm and will offer a stimulating afternoon of public speech. See this year’s Altgeld Award for Free Speech winner and enjoy music by the Environmental Encroachment Marching Band. Bring your loudest heckling voice, mount the open soapbox, and keep free speech alive and well. Take it to the park this summer!

We are delighted to announce that journalists Mick Dumke and Ben Joravsky have won the 2014 John Peter Altgeld Award for Freedom of Speech. They have won for their outspoken, persistent, and uncompromising reportage of significant political and economic corruption in Chicago and Illinois. The Altgeld Award is named for the former Illinois governor who pardoned the anarchists wrongfully convicted of the 1886 Haymarket bombing.

Soapbox Speakers:

Jamie Albert, The Blame Pattern: The Most Important Function in Society
Mike Brennan, Illinois Single Payer Coalition, How to Guarantee Health Care as our Human Right
Mike Flores, Everything We Know About Joseph McCarthy Is Wrong
Joe Iosbaker, Antiwar Committee Chicago, Syrian Democracy and “Moderate” Syrian Rebels: An Oxymoron and a Flimflam
Erwin Lutzer, The Supremacy of Jesus: A Savior Who Can Lead Us into God’s Presence
Enrique Perez, Why Rahm is STILL Unbeatable, However…
AJ Segneri, On the Back of Labor
Brian Terrell, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, Drones–Murder by Remote Control

And more!

The main Bughouse Square Debates page has more more information about the program.
The 2014 Bughouse Square Debates are generously sponsored by William Blair & Company.

Cost and registration information: 

This program is free and open to the public.




Washington Square Park
901 N. Clark St.
Chicago , IL