Sept 20—22/ 2018

Revolution (noun)

  • A forcible overthrow of a government or social order, in favor of a new system.
  • A paradigm-shifting change in conditions, attitudes, ideas, or technologies.
  • The circular movement of an object around another; e.g., celestial revolutions.

Revolt (verb)

  • Take violent action against an established government or ruler; rebel.
  • Refuse to acknowledge someone or something as having authority.
  • Cause to feel disgust.

Revolve (verb)

Move in a circle on a central axis.
  • Revolve around: Treat as the most important element.
  • Consider (something) repeatedly and from different angles; think about, give thought to, consider, reflect on, mull over, contemplate, study, meditate on, muse on, deliberate about, cogitate on, dwell on, brood over, agonize over, worry about, ruminate on, puzzle over, speculate about, review
    E.g., the essential being of a humanist

Adapted from Oxford Living Dictionaries

The 2018 Buffalo Humanities Festival will foster a series of community conversations on these and other “revolutions” with a special emphasis on past, present and future movements effecting social, political and cultural change. From the events of 1776 and 1968, through the impact of the tech revolution and big data, to #metoo and Black Lives Matter in 2018, come join us as we examine revolution? versus REVOLUTION!

We are very excited to host New York Times bestselling author Angie Thomas as the spotlight speaker for the Buffalo Humanities Festival: Revolutions.


Angie Thomas was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi. Her novel The Hate U Give debuted at #1 on the New York Times best-seller list and was acquired by the Balzer + Bray imprint of HarperCollins Publishers in a 13-house auction. It has received starred reviews from 8 literary journals, one of the highest amounts received for a young adult novel, and has been published in over 20 countries. The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly both called it required reading. The film version will be released October 19, 2018 with George Tillman directing and Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg in the “starring” role.

Thomas holds a BFA in Creative Writing from Belhaven University and an unofficial degree in Hip Hop. She is an inaugural winner of the Walter Dean Myers Grant 2015, awarded by We Need Diverse Books. Thomas’ second novel On the Come Up will be released in 2019.