This year, Bughouse Square—a historic epicenter of speechifying in Chicago—is wherever you are.
Bughouse 2020, hosted by the Newberry Library and co-sponsored by the Society of Smallness, GCE Lab School, and the Washington Square Park Advisory Council, was held virtually the afternoon of July 22. Throughout the afternoon, a series of speakers got on their virtual soapboxes to hold forth on the theme of VOTING.
- Introductions: Elizabeth Cummings, Sarah Wilson
- Early History of Bughouse Square: Paul Durica
- Bughouse Reborn: Rick Kogan
- Youth Soapbox hosted by the GCE Lab School. Speakers: Shay Guerra, Gimena Servin, Hiu To.
- The Society of Smallness: Georgina Valverde
- Open Soapbox, moderated by Dud Lawson and Jorge Mújica
- Musical Interludes throughout, introduced by Cate Harriman; musicians Phillip Armstrong and Greg Woods of Mosaic Soul Ensemble, playing retro music recorded in Washington Square Park.
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Pre-Bughouse Soapbox Series
Leading up to Bughouse 2020 on July 22, GCE Lab School and the Newberry are hosting a soapbox series that provides a platform for youth voices. Each soapbox event tackles a different theme with a different lineup of speakers.
- Monday, July 6: Sex and Gender, moderated by Jackie Kaplan-Perkins. Watch a recording of the event.
- Monday, July 13, at noon: Law and Order, moderated by Judge Robert F. Harris.
- Monday, July 20: Environmental Justice and Sustainability, moderated by Stef Funk.
This virtual program is free and open to all. Reserve your free tickets now.