Festival of Nations

March 29, 2023, 6:00PM-8:00PM, International House Assembly Hall

90th Anniversary Celebration Events

International House at The University of Chicago will commemorate its 90th anniversary with a year-long series of events beginning in Autumn 2022. These events will reflect on the history and mission of International House which is to enable students and scholars from around the world to live and learn together in a diverse community that build life-long qualities of leadership, respect, and friendship. This mission is achieved through globally focused public programs on campus and around the world, community outreach and engagement activities designed to foster diversity of thought and experience, and as active members of the International Houses Worldwide organization.

We hope you will join us for a wide range of programs planned for the 2022-2023 academic year as we celebrate 90 years of Welcoming the world. Championing diversity.

Founders Day Celebration: Opening Candle Lighting Ceremony

WED., OCT. 5, 2022

6:00PM-7:30PM
Assembly Hall

International House Graduate Student Fellows are invited to kickoff the 2022-2023 academic year with our Annual Candle Lighting Ceremony. The Candle Lighting Ceremony is held in conjunction with 'Sunday Supper' to bring together our community and symbolizes sharing experiences and knowledge with friends from many parts of the world. This year, the Candle Lighting Ceremony will be held in conjunction with the International House Founders Day Celebration in honor of our 90th year dedicated to programming that promotes international friendship and cultural exchange.

16th Annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival

WED., SEPT. 24, 2022

90th Anniversary | Global Voices Programs

International House is proud to support the 16th Annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival! Each year, this jazz celebration features the finest artists in local, national, and international jazz. This year, we will host Gustavo Cortiñas’ Desafio Candente and the Ernest Dawkins Quartet + Special Guests.

“Indian Classical Music: A Way of Life” with Amjad Ali Khan

THURS., OCT. 13, 2022

90th Anniversary | Global Voices Programs

Join International House as we partner with the UChicago Department of Music to welcome internationally renowned Indian classical sarod artist, Amjad Ali Khan. This intimate solo concert will be the highlight of his first residency week at the University of Chicago. Entitled “Indian Classical Music: A Way of Life,” the program includes an array of solo works accompanied by tabla. Maestro Khan will provide some reflections on the music, the culture, and his own life as a sarod performer.

Opera: An Inclusion – Issue #1: Politics & War

WED., OCT. 19, 2022

90th Anniversary | Global Voices Programs

Join International House as we partner with International Women Associates and The Nourishments Projects© for Opera: An Inclusion, a five-part series dedicated to appreciating opera beyond the world of coloratura and countertenor.

Human Rights at the Crossroads: Pozen Family Center for Human Rights 25th Anniversary Colloquium

THURS., OCT. 20, 2022

90th Anniversary | Global Voices Programs

Join International House as we partner with the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights to host their 25th Anniversary Celebration. This will be a cross-disciplinary colloquium examining the challenges facing the implementation of human rights in the global community. A distinguished panel of scholars and practitioners will share their insights on the politics and promise of the human rights project.

Diplomatic Encounters Series: A Conversation with HIROSHI TAJIMA, Consul-General of Japan

TUE., NOV. 1, 2022

90th Anniversary | Global Voices Programs

Launched in 2015, International House and UChicago Global joined forces with the Chicago Consular Corps to expand the Diplomatic Encounters Series to better connect the UChicago community with representatives of diplomatic missions from around Chicago and across the nation. In partnership with the Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS), we will be hosting HIROSHI TAJIMA, Consul-General of Japan in conversation with Susan L. Burns, Professor of Japanese History and Director of CEAS.

Opera: An Inclusion – Issue #2: Architecture and Botany

WED., NOV 9, 2022

90th Anniversary | Global Voices Programs

Join International House as we partner with International Women Associates and The Nourishments Projects for Opera: An Inclusion, a five-part series dedicated to appreciating opera beyond the world of coloratura and countertenor. Through the perspectives of architecture, botany, politics etc. — and without a blind, pedantic deference to reputed masterpieces — we will present operas in a thoughtful and amusing manner to highlight its elemental resonance with modern life.

OUTStanding Speaker Series – Victor Madrigal-Borloz, “From Wars Against Diversity To Inclusive Peace”

THU., NOV 10, 2022

90th Anniversary | Global Voices Programs

Join International House as we partner with the Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality, the UChicago Alumni PRIDE network, and the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights to host this OUTstanding speaker series event. Victor Madrigal-Borloz, Costa Rican human rights lawyer and the UN Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, will give a talk entitled, “From Wars Against Diversity To Inclusive Peace: Violence And Discrimination Based On Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity In Armed Conflict."

The Future of Democracy in Brazil: In conversation with Dilma Rousseff, former President of Brazil

WED., NOV 16, 2022

90th Anniversary | Global Voices Programs

Join us as we partner with the Institute of Politics, UChicago Global, and the Center for Latin American Studies to welcome former President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff. Rousseff, Brazil’s first female president, will discuss the prospects for safeguarding and strengthening the democratic rule of law in Brazil, the connections between Bolsonarism and Trumpism and the fate of democracy in an age of polarization and more. She will be in conversation with Simon Romero, national correspondent for The New York Times, who previously served as the paper’s Brazil bureau chief.

Giving Tuesday

TUE., NOV 29, 2022

Join International House as we take part in Giving Tuesday. Enjoy bites and wines from the Mediterranean while celebrating and supporting International House's 90th Anniversary! This event is open to everyone with a suggested Giving Tuesday donation of $10 at the door. Swag will be given at the event for donations. 

Giving Tuesday

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