Wed, 12/04/2019 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

On Wednesday, December 4th, CHF will observe JAY-Z’s 50th birthday as the final event of its 30th anniversary fall season. Dr. Michael Eric Dyson will close out the Chicago Humanities Festival’s Year of Power and 30th anniversary with discussion of the life and times of Shawn Carter — JAY-Z — at 7:00 p.m. at the Gary Comer Youth Center.

Dyson’s biography of this seminal and uniquely American artist ranges from Brooklyn’s Marcy Projects and the release of “Reasonable Doubt” to the gilded towers of corporate America and “The Black Album.” “If America is essentially an idea, then JAY is its best embodiment,” Dyson writes. JAY-Z is the latest subject in a series of Dyson’s hip-hop biographies. Previously, Dyson profiled the lives of Tupac Shakur and Nas.

Tickets for this final event of the year are on sale to Chicago Humanities Festival members and the general public now.  Visit to buy tickets and learn more.

Tickets are $15 for members, $20 for the general public, and $10 for students and teachers.

Michael Eric Dyson on Jay-Z
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Gary Comer Youth Center
7200 S Ingleside Ave, Chicago, IL 60619