Jul 28th 2018

Join us for the annual festival of hot takes and provocative ideas! Soapboxes stationed throughout Washington Square Park give orators a platform for speaking their minds on anything from #MeToo to U.S. diplomacy.

In the end, one person will remain standing as the Dill Pickle Champion Soapboxer.

Throw yourself into the oratorical fray by signing up as a soapboxer, or simply enjoy the speeches, the food trucks, and the music.

(To submit a proposal for a soapbox speech, please visit https://www.newberry.org/soapbox-speaker-proposal-form.)


Noon: Music by Environmental Encroachment

1 pm: Welcome and Introduction to Bughouse Square, Rick Kogan, Master of Ceremonies

1:10 pm: Presentation of the 2018 John Peter Altgeld Freedom of Speech Award to Robert J. Zimmer, on behalf of the University of Chicago

1:25 pm: Performance by Genesis Academy Summer Institute Students

1:35 pm: Main Debate

2:30 pm: Soapbox Speeches

3:30 pm: Performance by National Youth Poet Laureate Patricia Frazier

3:45 pm: Dill Pickle Awarded to the Soapbox Champion

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