Lena Dunham

For 25 years, the Chicago Humanities Festival has celebrated the questions that shape and define us as individuals, communities and cultures. Vibrant, year-round programming and a fascinating Fall Festival will give you the chance to engage with some of the world's most brilliant minds.

Collaborating with leading arts, cultural and educational organizations, it presents scholars, artists and architects, thinkers, theologians, and policy makers that change how we see the world, where we're from, and where we're going. Today the Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF) announced Lena Dunham: Not that Kind of Girl, a special event kicking off the Fall Festival season on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 at 6 p.m. at Thorne Auditorium, Northwestern University School of Law (375 E Chicago Ave). The Girls creator and star will discuss her upcoming book Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned" with Girls Executive Producer Jenni Konner.  

Lena Dunham wrote, directed and starred in the multi-award winning film Tiny Furniture (2010). She is the creator, executive producer, writer, and star of the HBO series Girls. Dunham graduated from Oberlin College in 2008 with a degree in creative writing and currently resides in New York City.

Dunham's latest project, a book of essays titled Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned," will be published Sept. 30 of this year. David Sedaris raves, "It's not Lena Dunham's candor that makes me gasp. Rather it's her writing - which is full of surprises where you least expect them. A fine, subversive book." Judy Blume describes Not That Kind of Girl as "always funny, sometimes wrenching, these essays are a testament to the creative wonder that is Lena Dunham."

The Oct. 6 Lena Dunham event kicks off the Fall Festival season, which also includes a special public event with David Brooks on Oct. 21 as part of the CHF Gala Benefit, as well as the 25th Anniversary Fall Festival, which will explore the theme of Journeys, Oct. 25-Nov. 9, 2014. Previously announced presenters include: author and editor Roxane Gay, jazz composer-pianist Vijay Iyer, filmmaker Guy Maddin, jazz vocalist René Marie, comedian and Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! panelist Paula Poundstone, Top Chef Masters winner Marcus Samuelsson, graphic novelist Marjane Satrapi, TV/film actress Victoria Tennant, and author/playwright Colm Tóibín. A complete Fall Festival schedule will be released in August at chicagohumanities.org/journeys. Tickets to the 25th Anniversary Chicago Humanities Festival go on sale to CHF members on Tuesday, Sept. 2 and to the general public on Monday, Sept. 8.  


Tickets to Lena Dunham: Not That Kind of Girl on Oct. 6 are $35, which includes a signed copy of Not That Kind of Girl. Tickets are on sale now to CHF Members and go on sale to the general public at Noon today. Tickets can be purchased at chicagohumanities.org or by calling the CHF Box Office at (312) 494-9509 Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To become a member, visit supportchf.org.


  • Oct. 6, 2014 - Lena Dunham: Not That Kind of Girl
    • Part of the Elaine and Roger Haydock Humor Series
  • Oct. 21, 2014 - The 25th Anniversary Gala Benefit
    • Honoring John and Jeanne Rowe and featuring a public program with David Brooks
  • Oct. 25-Nov. 9, 2014 - The 25th Anniversary Chicago Humanities Festival
    • Oct. 25 - The fourth annual Morry and Dolores Kohl Kaplan Northwestern Day on the Northwestern University campus
    • Oct. 26 - The eighth annual Hyde Park Day on the University of Chicago campus