This program will be held virtually on Zoom. Register for free in advance.
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, will be held virtually the afternoon of July 22.
Throughout the afternoon, a series of speakers will get on their virtual soapboxes to hold forth on the theme of VOTING.
Drop in for some of the 3-5 minute speeches, or stay for the whole festival of ideas, takes, bluster, and oration.
Want to get on your virtual soapbox and be part of the program? Submit an idea for a short speech. Newberry staff will review your proposal and get back to you about participating in Bughouse 2020.
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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.