The CIW 5: Katie Pommier Will Go Behind the Headlines

In The CIW 5, we ask you to tell us the five CIW events that cannot be missed. Today’s subject: CIW’s Katie Pommier, who will be using CIW as an intellectual playground.

1. The Talk You’d Skip Work to See

Terrorism: Behind the Headlines (Wednesday, October 14, 4 – 5:30pm) I can’t wait to see Will McCants. His
book Founding Gods, Inventing Nations: Conquest and Culture Myths from Antiquity to Islam is a fascinating read (you should pick up a copy!), and if the other speakers were even half as interesting as he is, it would be worth skipping work to catch this Talk. Given that they’re going to be just as amazingly insightful about this complex topic, this is a must-see session.

Katie Pommier is eager to hear more about the relationship between food and health.

Katie Pommier is eager to hear more about the relationship between food and your health.

2. The Evening Talk You Plan to Invite All of Your Friends To

Life’s Big Questions (Tuesday, October 13, 7 – 8:30pm) covers at least one topic for everyone.

3. The Conversation You’re Anxious to Be a Part of

Food As Medicine (Monday, October 12, 6 – 7pm). I’m an athlete and have read and thought so much about how food affects us, physically and otherwise. I’m interested to learn more, hear new perspectives and get a glimpse into the latest science behind what we eat.

4. The Lab That You Can’t Wait to Explore

How to Sell Your Stuff Online with (Thursday, October 15, 1 – 3pm) is perfect for me. I have so many things I need to get rid of, but I don’t even know where to start. I can’t wait to hear from the pros about the best online spots to sell all of the things I never use.

5. The Speaker Whose Ideas Absolutely Fascinate You

Kate Bornstein (Life’s Big Questions, Tuesday, October 13, 7 – 8:30pm). Ze refers to herself as a queer and pleasant danger, and ze’s a bubbly, fascinating thinker who has appeared on stage, is a regular on I Am Cait and is an advocate for all “freaks,” “outlaws” and youth who are just trying to figure it all out. Ze really has such an incredible amount of life experiences and has found happiness through true authenticity. It seems we could all learn something from hir.

Erin Robertson is managing editor at Chicago Ideas.

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