2017-2018 Global Voices Performing Arts & Lecture Series

About the Global Voices Performing Arts & Lecture Series

The Global Voices Lecture Series hosts prominent speakers, round-table discussion groups, and special interest conferences and seminars. As a part of this program, leading figures from the world stage come to share their thoughts and exchange ideas with students and members of Chicago’s civic community on major issues facing the country and the world. The Global Voices Performing Arts Series provides a showcase for all performing arts at the University of Chicago's International House. The Global Voices Performing Arts Series has established a vibrant exchange with a wide range of Chicago-area cultural institutions, arts organizations, dance companies, ethnic and folk arts groups, and music and theater groups.

To view descriptions for past events, please visit our past program archives. If you are interested in having the Global Voices Program co-sponsor one of your events, please check out our rooms available for reservation and the Co-Sponsorship Application and Terms.

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2017-2018 Global Voices Performing Arts & Lecture Series

Wed., Sep. 20, 2017

Lecture: Audrey Petty, author of “High Rise Stories”

The Harris School of Public Policy kicks off the new academic year with the Diversity Luncheon, featuring a keynote address by Audrey Petty, author of High Rise Stories

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Wed., Sep. 20, 2017

Keynote Address: Valerie Jarrett

Join the International House Global Voices Lecture Series and Harris School of Public Policy as Valerie Jarrett discusses the crossroads of leadership, policy, and social change. Admitted students to the Harris School and the general public are invited to take part in this Keynote Address by these esteemed speakers. 

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Sat., Sep. 23, 2017

11th Annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival

Join International House as it celebrates the 11th annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival. This annual event features the finest artists in local, national, and international jazz. International House will host two programs on Saturday, September 23rd: Double Monk: Jeremy Kahn & Steve Million with Ariane Dolan and Andrew Cyrille & Bill McHenry.

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Wed., Sep. 27, 2017

Peace in the Age of Uncertainty

The International House Global Voices Program, Harris School of Public Policy, and Rotary International have a shared interest in recognizing that in this era of global conflicts, our definition of peace is evolving. During this event, the underlying causes or sources of conflict will be explored by several distinguished speakers.  

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Fri., Sep. 29, 2017

Eid Cultural Celebration and Banquet

The Muslim Students Association and International House invite you to the 26th Annual Eid al-Adha Banquet for an evening of learning, reflecting, and celebrating. Both Dr. Yamina Bouguenaya, a Muslim scholar and academic, and Khalil Ismail, a nasheed artist, will present. 

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Sun., Oct. 01, 2017

Centuries of Belarusian Singing Tradition: Siarhei Douhushau

Siarhei Douhushau will immerse guests in the centuries old singing tradition of Belarusian people. The songs were collected in the countryside of the Palessie region of Belarus. These songs touch all aspects of country life and represent the philosophy of the Belarusian people. 

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Tue., Oct. 03, 2017

Centuries of Belarusian Singing Tradition: Stary Olsa

Stary Olsa is a music group from Minsk, Belarus, which performs medieval, Renaissance, and early baroque music from Eastern Europe. They are interested in music from the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, particularly the 16th-century Astramiečava Manuscript, in addition to melodies popular across feudal Europe.

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Thu., Oct. 05, 2017

Speed Bumps, Traffic Calming, and Rebuilding the Built Environment

In this public talk, Paul Josephson will explore the history of traffic, the multitudinous failures to deal with it including repeated, ineffective measures to facilitate traffic rather than struggle with it. Using the speed bump as a case study of one among many ways to calm traffic, Josephson will examine how cities have attempted to come to grips with motorized traffic.

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Thu., Oct. 05, 2017

International House Celebrates “Founder’s Day” with Blues Legend Eddy Clearwater

Since 1932, International House has served the University of Chicago and greater Chicago community as a residential cultural center for international exchange and understanding. Celebrate 85 years of international friendship and public programming during the Founder’s Day Celebration featuring the high-energy “rock-a-blues” vocals and guitar of the legendary Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater. Reception begins at 6:00 PM, and the concert starts at 7:00 PM.

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Fri., Oct. 06, 2017

Barokksolistene - An Alehouse Session

Offering an ever changing and evolving look into the music of the English 17th Century tavern, Barokksolistene— a baroque ensemble founded and led by Norwegian violinist and Artistic Director Bjarte Eike— draw on their native influences and traditions to produce unique projects and programs. Enjoy an evening of seducing, touching, folky, and serious music, with Barokksolistene!

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Thu., Oct. 19, 2017

Gesture and Sign in Relation to Storytelling

Join the Global Voices Program, Neubauer Collegium, and the Center for Gesture, Sign, and Language for performances by deaf sign-language artists and hearing spoken-language artists as the performers incorporate gestures into their stories and oral poetry. A panel discussion with the artists and the Center directors will explore how gesture is a part of a piece from conception to performance. 

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Fri., Oct. 20, 2017

2017 Social Justice Address featuring Hedy Weinberg

Hear Hedy Weinberg, the Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Tennessee, as she delivers this year's Social Justice Address titled Bending the Bars: Mass Incarceration, Racial Disparities, and Criminal Justice Reform in 21st Century America.

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Sat., Oct. 21, 2017

Global Girls Performance and Cultural Showcase

Join International House Global Voices Program and Global Girls for cultural dance, music, and theater performances and a ceremony which honors individuals and organizations empowering women and girls locally and globally! 

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Sun., Nov. 05, 2017

Chicago Humanities Festival at International House

Since 1989, the Chicago Humanities Festival has presented hundreds of programs that aim to expose individuals to important ideas in Humanities-related disciplines. 

For the 27th annual Fallfest, the Chicago Humanities Festival will explore the theme of Belief, digging deeper into the question of what is “belief,” faith in the divine, commitment to a cause, conviction about the truth, and trust in our institutions. Through thought-provoking programs we will explore the idea of belief in its many forms.

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Sat., Nov. 11, 2017

4th International Korean Traditional Performing Arts Competition

For the 4th year of the IKTPA Competition, the International Korean Traditional Performing Arts Competition will showcase arts troupes and organizations from across the Midwest who will demonstrate a variety of performances that illustrate the artists' talents and their passion for Korean arts. The competition will encompass traditional dance, vocal, and instrumental performances. 

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Sun., Nov. 19, 2017

The Chicago Ensemble 41st Season, Program I

Offering an innovative mix of familiar masterworks and lesser-known repertoire performed in varied combinations of instruments and voice, the Chicago Ensemble has occupied a unique place in Chicago's cultural life for over 30 years.

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Fri., Dec. 01, 2017

Voices in Your Head

Voices in Your Head is a student-run a cappella group from the University of Chicago consisting of undergraduate students whose areas of study span as far as their musical tastes. The group strives to take new approaches to a cappella by reinterpreting popular music and using the human voice in new, innovative ways. 

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