The 2014 Bughouse Square Debates

Environmental Encroachment Marching Band at the Bughouse Square Debates, 2013
Environmental Encroachment Marching Band at the Bughouse Square Debates, 2013
Rick Kogan at the Bughouse Square Debates, 2013
Rick Kogan at the Bughouse Square Debates, 2013
Saturday, July 26, 2014

Noon - 4 pm

Washington Square Park (a.k.a., Bughouse Square), 901 North Clark Street (across from the Newberry)

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. Don Washington will lead the Mayoral Tutorial, an interactive, investigative, agitational and educational volunteer public policy blog/website/public events cooperative. 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
  • Kristine Hernandez, Judged
  • John Holtgreve, The Redeeming Power of the Market
  • Jill Howe, Incarceration: A Tale of Teaching in Chicago Public Schools
  • Joe Iosbaker, Antiwar Committee Chicago, Syrian Democracy and “Moderate” Syrian Rebels: An Oxymoron and a Flimflam
  • Brandon J. Johnson, “Public Education and Civil Rights”
  • Erwin Lutzer, The Supremacy of Jesus: A Savior Who Can Lead Us into God’s Presence
  • Jorge Mújica, Arise Chicago, The Immigrant Child Invasion
  • Enrique Perez, Why Rahm is STILL Unbeatable, However…
  • Lucky Pierre, 1000 Actions for Chicago Torture Justice
  • Regional Relationships (Ryan Griffis and Sarah Ross), City Pig, Country Pig
  • A.J. Segneri Foundation for a United Front, On the Back of Labor
  • Scott K. Summers, Illinois Green Party, There’s No Place Like Homelessness: The Scourge of Homelessness in America
  • Brian Terrell, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, Drones–Murder by Remote Control

Food trucks:

5411 Empanadas
Gelato D’Oro
Haute Sausage

Keep the spirit of Bughouse Square going with more free speech at the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Word Weekend. After the Bughouse Square Debates, Environmental Encroachment Marching Band will parade from Bughouse Square to Word Weekend at the MCA. Please join us!

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.
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