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