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Trading Races

November 8 @ 6:00 pm

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Who’s Blacker, Maya Angelou or Harriet Tubman? What about Kanye West or Barack Obama?

Chicago artist Kenyatta Forbes has found a novel way to explore these questions with her incisive and playful card game, Trading Races. Featured in the Chicago Tribune, VICE News, and NPR, players are dealt five cards featuring famous figures and compete to convince one another that they hold the “Blackest” card.

With each ensuing hand, players dig deeper into the dynamics and complexities of race–Blackness in particular. At CHF, Forbes will join Ashlyn Sparrow, Learning Technology Director at The University of Chicago’s Game Changer Chicago Design Lab, to discuss how she created the game–and facilitate a few rounds. Come prepared to play cards, have fun, and participate in difficult but important conversations.

CHF strives to eliminate barriers by making the following services available to you:

  • wheelchair accessible seats,
  • aisle seating,
  • assistive listening devices,
  • american sign language interpretation,
  • open captions,
  • seating close to stage,
  • audio descriptions,
  • and large print or braille programs.

You may request accommodations from the audience services representative at 312-605-8444 or at access@chicagohumanities.org


Gallery Guichard
436 E 47th St
Chicago, IL 60653 United States
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Box Office Contact:
(312) 605-8444
Box Office Hours:
Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm


November 8
6:00 pm

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60 minutes
Special Notes
TAP members can book tickets by phone or at the door of an event. To order by phone, call the CHF box office at (312) 605-8444 and say you are a Teen Arts Pass holder to receive $5 tickets.