Beth Finke Author

NPR commentator Beth Finke is an award-winning author, teacher, journalist and a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant. She also happens to be blind.

“To face extraordinary challenges with grace and courage is remarkable in itself. To write about it as eloquently as Beth Finke does is a gift.” — Jean Thompson, author of  She Poured Out Her Heart


Upcoming Events

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April 19, Thursday, 11 am to 12:20 pm, Guest Lecture: Companion Animals in Society, University of Illinois Department of Animal Sciences, Foellinger auditorium, Urbana, Illinois 61801

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February 13, Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., Kindi Academy, presentation to children about blindness and Seeing Eye dogs, 5801 Westview Lane, Lisle, Illinois 60532

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January 31, Wednesday 9 pm, WGN Radio 720, The Download, Radio interview with host Justin Kaufmann, Chicago, Illinois

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January 16, Tuesday, 2018 1:15 pm,
Shedd Aquarium, Guest Experience Team
Accessibility Awareness Panel with Rachel Arfa, Brian Balcom, Laurie Viets.
1200 S. Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60605

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Mondays with Mike: Happy birthday, happy birthday to you

January 15

I posted last week about watching the documentary “The Most Dangerous Man in America,” about Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers. In that post, I noted that it reminded me that as unsettling as the current times are, our current times have got nothing on that era. Along those lines, this piece in the NY Times—which […]

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A love letter to Chicago’s cultural arts

January 14

This Tuesday afternoon I’ll be sitting on a panel at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium with a theater director, a mother of three school-aged children, and a lawyer. Theater director Brian Balcom uses a wheelchair, one of Laurie Viets’ children is on the autism spectrum, attorney Rachel Arfa is profoundly deaf and uses bilateral cochlear implants to […]

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I can’t give up hope

January 11

Okay. One last essay from that “What I hope for” prompt I assigned late last year. This one comes from Elaine Fishman. Look up the word “Delightful” in the dictionary, and you should find a photo of Elaine’s tiny face there. She and her husband Guy, a well-known Chicago architect, raised their four children in […]

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