July 27, 2013 · 12:45 PM
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UPDATE: Please join us after for food at Quang Noodle at 804 N State St. Location on Google Maps
Let’s go to Chicago’s annual free speech celebration for a lively afternoon of spirited soapbox debates, heckling and music! This contest is also a test of composure for speakers in the face of heckling *if* they even inspire hecklers. Winner takes home a huge plastic pickle. We had a lot of fun attending last year!
Chicago Skeptics very own Marcus Davis is slated to speak from a soapbox! His talk "Just Asking Questions About Conspiracy Theories and Social Media” will give a humorous and informative look at conspiracy theories and the role of the media and social networking in perpetuating belief in them.
“In the ‘20s and ‘30s Bughouse Square (officially Washington Square) was the equivalent of London’s Hyde Park, a noisy setting for soapbox debates, demonstrations and freespeaking loonies” - Phyllis Magida former Chicago Tribune columnist
This annual event is free. Show up at your leisure during the event. Public transit is recommended but parking garages are nearby: http://www.newberry.org/directions
Feel like ranting? Contact the Newberry Public Programs Department at (312)[masked] or email [masked] if you are interested in participating in the Soapbox Debates or in Open Soapbox.
For more information: http://www.newberry.org/bughouse-square-debates