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    Interpretive Dance by Benjamin Holliday Wardell

    Benjamin Holiday Wardell performs an interpretive dance piece during “Life’s Big Questions” at Chicago Ideas Week 2017. Wardell is the founder and creative director of The Cambrians, a contemporary global dance production network.

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    Life's Big Questions

    Dig into life’s most curious questions about happiness, truth, and beyond.

    Aasif Mandvi
    Actor, Writer & Comedian
    Renee Fleming
    Grammy Award–Winning Soprano & Creative Consultant, Lyric Opera of Chicago; Artistic Advisor, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
    Tiffany Shlain
    Filmmaker; Founder, The Webby Awards; Co-Founder, 50/50 Day & Character Day
    Ric Elias
    Co-Founder & CEO, Red Ventures
    Stephanie Gosk
    Correspondent, NBC News
    Brad Keywell
    Founder & Chairman, Chicago Ideas and Founder & CEO, Uptake

    What is happiness, and how does it influence our daily lives? What is the world asking of you? What do you think about right before you die? In this talk, we’ll dig into these big questions and go beyond by looking at new perspectives on some of life’s greatest mysteries.

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