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Bughouse Square Debates (plus skeptic Marcus steps up to the soapbox!)

  • Jul 27, 2013 · 12:45 PM
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http://www.newberry.org/sites/default/files/styles/lightbox-overlay/public/text-pages/Bughouse%20Square%207-25-09%20NL-56%20%281%29.JPG?itok=zdfOEgg3

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.

 

http://www.newberry.org/sites/default/files/styles/lightbox-overlay/public/text-pages/NL-Bughouse-Studs%20Terkel-1989.jpg?itok=RheScvT2

“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

 

http://www.newberry.org/07272013-2013-bughouse-square-debates

 

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

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  • Jennifer C.

    We are walking over to Quang early. Any stragglers can meet us at the restaurant.

    July 27, 2013

  • Marcus

    For all who'd like to join us, after the event we're meeting up at nearby Quang Noodle on 804 N State St for food.

    July 26, 2013

    • the m.

      Sounds good. We can congregate by the library steps at 4pm (between library and park) and walk over to the restaurant as a group.

      July 26, 2013

    • the m.

      Latecomers are welcome to meet us there!

      July 26, 2013

  • Brian

    Sounds interesting. Illinois be there. Is there a specific spot where the heathens congregate?

    July 21, 2013

    • Marcus

      We'll have a sign with the meetup logo. Also, I don't want to give away the game, but I'll be noticeable.

      July 24, 2013

  • Jennifer

    We're in the unfortunate position of having three different events on the same day (The Evolution of Army Ants, Skeptics Under the Stars, Bughouse Square Debates). I hope you attend whichever event seems the most fun to you...they all have fun-ness and skeptical ties.

    June 15, 2013

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