Global Voices Performing Arts & Lecture Series

2023-2024 Global Voices Performing Arts &
Lecture Series

Thailand in Motion: A Journey to Thai Performing Arts

THU., JUN. 13, 2024

Join International House and the Royal Thai Consulate-General, Chicago as we present this special Diplomatic Encounters Series Program— Thailand in Motion: A Journey to Thai Performing Arts. 

Kevin Kwan – “Lies and Weddings” – Rachel DeWoskin

SAT., MAY 19, 2024

Join International House and the Seminary Co-op Bookstore as we partner to welcome Kevin Kwan to discuss his upcoming book "Lies and Weddings." He will be joined in conversation by Rachel DeWoskin. A forbidden affair erupts volcanically amid a decadent tropical wedding in this outrageous comedy of manners from the iconic author of "Crazy Rich Asians."

[SOLD OUT] Alumni Weekend 2024: Champagne Brunch and South Asian Music Ensemble

SUN., MAY 19, 2024

Join the International House community for a champagne brunch and performance by the University’s South Asian Music Ensemble. Guests will have the opportunity to mingle with the artists, current Graduate Fellows and International House Interns. Registration is required at

Alumni Weekend 2024: A Toast to International House — Around the World Wine Tasting

SAT., MAY 19, 2024

Join us for our annual Around the World wine tasting event as we conclude our 91st year of Welcoming the World, Championing Diversity. This time-honored reception will teach guests about wines from select regions across the globe while they enjoy food and music. Registration is required at

Alumni Weekend 2024: Keynote Conversation with Martha C. Nussbaum

FRI., MAY 17, 2024

Join us for a Keynote conversation with Professor Martha C. Nussbaum, Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, discussing her most recent book, Justice for Animals: Our Collective Responsibility with Claudia Hogg-Blake, PhD’22, teaching fellow in the humanities. A light luncheon will be served.

Alumni Weekend 2024: Dinner Reception and Annual Candle-Lighting Ceremony

THU., MAY 16, 2024

Join International House for a special dinner reception as we celebrate the end of the academic year and commemorate our shared experiences and knowledge with friends from across the world and our community. This event is by invitation only. This event is open exclusively to International House alumni, staff, and 2023-2024 Graduate Fellows and Interns.

Past & Future Commons

THU., MAY 9, 2024 - FRI., MAY 10, 2024

Join us for our second annual CEGU conference, where we will discuss the twin emergencies of climate change and biodiversity loss which have led to a revived interest in the past and future of "the commons"—in land that exits prior to or beyond private property, where social relations and natural resources are governed without the regulation of the state.

2024 Annual Public Lecture: Gina Dent

WED., MAY 8, 2024

Join International House as we host the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture (CSRPC) for its signature lecture featuring scholar-activist, feminist, and writer, Professor Gina Dent, on the topic of "Visualizing Abolition: How to Imagine a World Without Prisons."

Southeast Asia Night

WED., MAY 01, 2024

International House and the Asian Policy Forum celebrate the rich cultural tapestry of Southeast Asia, where the verdant mountains whisper ancient tales to the azure ocean. Please come and enjoy a night of food, cultural performances, and an unforgettable experience!

U.S. Commitment to Human Rights and Democracy in East Asia/DPRK

MON., APR. 29, 2024

Join International House, the Center for East Asian Studies, the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights, and the Asian Policy Forum as we welcome Ambassador Julie Turner, Special Envoy on North Korean Human Rights Issues at the U.S. Department of State.

Does the Truth Still Matter? In Conversation with Chris Christie

TUE., APR. 23, 2024

Join the Institute of Politics and International House Global Voices Program for a discussion with former Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie in conversation with Leigh Ann Caldwell, American political reporter for The Washington Post.

Lyubov Sobol – Can We Influence The Future Of Russia?

THU., APR 18, 2024

Join the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, International House, the Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts, the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights, the Chicago Forum for Free Inquiry and Expression, and the Chicago Center on Democracy, for an insightful discussion featuring Lyubov Sobol, a leading anti-war activist in Russia and close associate of Alexey Navalny.

Are Liberals Now Illiberal?

WED., APR. 17, 2024

Join us while we host an Institute of Politics conversation on civil discourse and opposing views in U.S. politics. This discussion is part of the IOP Counterpoint series and will feature experts from The New Republic, The Guardian, and The Atlantic.

A Night of Japanese Storytelling with San’yutei Ponta

MON., APR 15, 2024

Join us for an exciting evening of Japanese storytelling (rakugo) by rakugo-ka San'yutei Ponta II, held in conjunction with the Meiji Modern: Fifty Years of New Japan at the University of Chicago's Smart Museum of Art.

CHINA Town Hall: U.S.-China Relations with Kurt Campbell

TUE., APR. 9, 2024

Join us at International House for a special viewing of a CHINA Town Hall live webcast featuring U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, Kurt Campbell. PLEASE NOTE THE TIME CHANGE. THIS EVENT NOW BEGINS AT 5:30PM.

Lunch with Wu Fei

MON., APR 8, 2024

Join International House for a short guzheng performance followed by a conversation and audience Q&A.

100 Years Of China’s All-Female Yue Opera

SAT., APR 6, 2024

Join International House for a day of insightful presentations and performances commemorating the 100th anniversary of China’s all-female opera genre, Yue Opera. Featuring a keynote speech by Professor Jiang Jin and a special performance lecture by Plum-Blossom Award Winner Jun'an Wang.

“Ukraine: The Search for Justice” featuring Oleksandra Matviichuk

FRI., APR. 05, 2024

Please join International House, the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies (CEERES), and the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights as we welcome Oleksandra Matviichuk, head of the Kyiv-based non-profit organization Center for Civil Liberties, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2022. Ms. Matviichuk will be in discussion with Robert Pape, Professor of Political Science and Director of The Chicago Project on Security & Threats (CPOST) at the University of Chicago.

17th Annual Tetsuo Najita Distinguished Lecture ft. Anne Allison

THU., APR. 04, 2024

Join International House and the Center for East Asian Studies as we host the 17th Annual Tetsuo Najita Distinguished Lecture, "Being Dead Otherwise." The talk will feature Anne Allison, Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Duke University. 

The International Uranium Film Festival

SAT., MAR. 30, 2024

Join International House for our annual hosting of the International Uranium Film Festival, which will feature cutting edge films on nuclear issues around the world.

Iftar Dinner

THU., MAR. 28, 2024

Calling all UChicago students, undergraduate and beyond, to join us for a delicious Iftar Dinner to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan on March 28th at 7:00 PM!

Alexander Chula – “Goodbye, Dr Banda”

WED., MAR. 27, 2024

Alexander Chula will discuss Goodbye, Dr Banda: Lessons for the West from a Small African Country. He will be joined in conversation by Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer, founding Director of the Institute on the Formation of Knowledge at the University of Chicago, and the Helen A. Regenstein Distinguished Service Professor of Classics.

Giving Day – Festival of Nations

TUE., MAR. 26, 2024

Join us at International House to taste foods from around the world while supporting International House and Giving Day! The Festival of Nations is a traditional “international day,” event that dates back to the early years of International House. During the Festival, tables will be set up representing different countries. While students talk about their countries and serve food, there will be cultural performances to watch. Please join us and support I-House!

Nowruz Celebration

THU., MAR. 21, 2024

Join us at the International House as we celebrate the Persian new year, Nowruz, and embark on a journey of self-renewal!

Night at the Coliseum: A History of Political Conventions in Chicago

WED., MAR. 20, 2024

Hear about the contentious history – and lesson – of Chicago conventions, spanning almost 200 years, from those who know political assembling best. Featuring Bill Daley, former US Secretary of Commerce, author and journalist Jonathan Alter, Chicago Tribune columnist Ron Grossman, and Chicago journalist and political consultant Don Rose. Moderated by founding IOP director David Axelrod.

[RESCHEDULED] Stephan Palmié – “Thinking with Ngangas”

THU., MAR. 14, 2024

Join Stephan Palmié on a series of unusual comparative investigations of Afro-Cuban ritual and Western science hoping to challenge the rationality of Western expert practices, revealing the logic that brings together enchantment and experiment.

The Promise and Perils of AI

FRI., MAR. 8, 2024

As part of our International Houses Worldwide (IHWW) programming, join our sister house, International House Berkeley, for The Lodestar Executive Director's Speaker Series with I-House Alumnus Eric Schmidt, former CEO & Chairman of Google. Moderated by I-House Berkeley Executive Director and CEO Shaun Carver. They will discuss the promises and perils of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the context of the I-House mission.

International Women’s Day 2024 – Women’s Journey Towards Economic Equality

FRI., MAR. 8, 2024

Join us for an inspiring afternoon celebrating women's achievements and economic progress. Juliana Stratton, Marianne Bertrand, and Kristie P. Paskvan will discuss the fight for gender equality, challenges on the road to economic advancement, women's pivotal role in economic growth, and inclusive development.

Free Speech in a Time of War

TUE., FEB. 27, 2024

Join the Chicago Forum and International House Global Voices Program as we discuss the current speech climate at UChicago and the overlaps with the wider world.

Lunar New Year Celebration

MON., FEB. 12, 2024

Join International House, CEAS, Asian Policy Forum, Graduate Council, CUSA, & Harris Student Government for our annual Lunar New Year Celebration.

64th Annual UChicago Folk Fesitval

FRI & SAT., FEB. 09 & 10, 2024

Join the International House Global Voices Performing Arts Series as we support the University of Chicago Folklore Society for this two-day celebration of traditional and folk music from all around the world!

Battle for the Soul of Dalai Lama

WED., FEB. 7, 2024

In a recent article in Foreign Affairs, Dr. Lobsang Sangay delves into this battle for the soul of the Dalai Lama. Join us for a conversation on the intricacies of the succession to the 14th Dalai Lama. He will be joined by Tom Ginsburg, a Distinguished Service Professor of International Law at the University of Chicago.

The Doomsday Clock

TUE., FEB. 6, 2024

Join us just 2 weeks after the 2024 time on the Doomsday Clock has been set, for a conversation on the existential crises facing our planet with Rachel Bronson and Daniel Holz. In a conversation moderated by Neil Steinberg, they will discuss the newly announced time of the Clock and how we can turn back the hands of it.

Asian Night Market

TUE., NOV. 28, 2023

Join us for a night of food and drinks under the stars to celebrate and support the work of International House on Giving Tuesday! 

Veterans Day Recognition

FRI., NOV. 10, 2023

Please join the University of Chicago in recognizing our nation’s veterans during our annual Veterans Day Recognition!

The Role of the Mother in Counterterrorism

THU., NOV. 9, 2023

Please join The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts and International House for a discussion featuring Amal Hamada, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Gender Studies in the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University, Egypt.

Author Meets Readers: Alejandra Díaz de León

WED., NOV. 8, 2023

Please join International House Global Voices and the University of Chicago Immigration Workshop to discuss Alejandra Díaz de León and her recent book about transit migration through Mexico.

Megan Buskey – “Ukraine Is Not Dead Yet”

TUE., NOV. 7, 2023

Join International House as we partner with Seminary Co-op Bookstores for an Author Night with Megan Buskey on her book "Ukraine Is Not Dead Yet: A Family Story of Exile and Return." The discussion will be followed by a Q&A.

Día de Muertos

THU., NOV. 2, 2023

Join us at the International House Assembly Hall for a special celebration of Día de Muertos including various food and fun activities!

Dipesh Chakrabarty – “One Planet, Many Worlds” – Linda M.G. Zerilli

MON., OCT. 30, 2023

Join International House as we partner with Seminary Co-op Bookstores and the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory (3CT) for an Author Night with Dipesh Chakrabarty on his book One Planet, Many Worlds: The Climate Parallax, Chakrabarty. He will be joined in conversation by Linda M.G. Zerilli. 

Human Rights and the Future of Afghanistan ft. Nader Nadery

TUE., OCT. 24, 2023

Join International House and The Pozen Family Center for Human Rights as we partner with The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts and The Chicago Council on Global Affairs to present a conversation on human rights and the future of Afghanistan with Nader Nadery, Former Human Rights Commissioner, Afghanistan; Peace Negotiator; and Senior Fellow at the Wilson Center.

U.S-China Relations: Where Do We Go From Here?

MON., OCT. 23, 2023

Join us for a moderated conversation with Professor Zhiguo He, Professor Chang-Tai Hsieh, and Professor Kenneth Pomeranz to discuss trade disagreements, governing philosophies, Russian relations, and the progress made in recent State meetings with the U.S. Secretary of State, Secretary of Commerce, and Secretary of the Treasury. The conversation will be moderated by Dr. Michael Kulma, Assistant Director of Programs and Communications, International House at the University of Chicago.

Sarah Newman’s “Unmaking Waste”

WED., OCT. 11, 2023

CISSR invites you to attend a book talk for Sarah Newman on October 11, 2023. Sarah Newman will be in a roundtable discussion with Claudia Brittenham, Pauline Goul, and Mariana Petry Cabral about her new book.

JB Pritzker: Progressive Governorship

TUE., OCT. 10, 2023

Join us as we welcome Illinois Governor JB Pritzker for a conversation with Wall Street Journal White House reporter Sabrina Siddiqui.

“Chosen” Screening with Director Joseph Juhn

FRI., OCT. 6, 2023

Join International House and the University of Chicago Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) for a screening event of the documentary film Chosen (2022). The screening will be followed by a conversation between Director Joseph Juhn and Mee-Ju Ro, Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Chicago, and a Q&A session with the audience.

2023 University of Chicago Global Health Symposium and Poster Session

THU., OCT. 5, 2023

Join the Susan and Richard Kiphart Center for Global Health and Social Development and the Center for Global Health at the University of Chicago for student presentations on global health and development research, internships, and other learning experiences from the summer of 2023.

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17th Annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival

SAT., SEP. 23, 2023

International House is proud to support the 17th Annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival! Each year, this jazz celebration features the finest artists in local, national, and international jazz. 


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