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Stuart Flack, Executive Director, joined the Chicago Humanities Festival staff in October 2007. He earned a Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Cornell University. He was a partner at the McKinsey & Company, where he provided consulting services in the areas of public affairs and marketing and, as its publisher and editor-in-chief, he built The McKinsey Quarterly into a leading international journal of business, economics and public policy. During his 20 years as a playwright, he has written Homeland Security, Sydney Bechet Killed a Man, Jonathan Wild, and American Life & Casualty. His plays have been produced at some of the leading theatres in the U.S. including Victory Gardens (here in Chicago), Southcoast Repertory Company ( Costa Mesa, CA), Culture Project ( New York, NY), Contemporary American Theatre Festival ( Washington, D.C.) and Interact Theatre ( Philadelphia, PA).