Global Voices Programs

2013-2014 Global Voices Performing Arts & Lecture Series

2013 Hyde Park Jazz Festival

Sat., Sep. 28, 2013

For yet another year, International House plays host to the Hyde Park Jazz Festival! This annual festival features the finest artists in local, national and international jazz.  This year, join us as we feature the Jeff Parker Trio and the Tomeka Reid Quartet!

Global Voices Author Night with David Kilcullen

Mon., Oct. 07, 2013

In Out of the Mountains: The Coming Age of the Urban Guerrilla, David Kilcullen offers a groundbreaking look ahead at what may happen after the war in Afghanistan ends. He analyzes four megatrends--population growth, urbanization, coastal life, and connectedness-and concludes that future conflict is increasingly likely to occur in sprawling coastal cities and in underdeveloped regions of the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia. Deeply researched and compellingly argued, Out of the Mountains provides an invaluable roadmap to what national governments, cities, communities and businesses can do to prepare for a future in which all aspects of human society-including, but not limited to, conflict, crime and violence-are rapidly changing.

Global Voices Author Night with Bill Ayers

Wed., Oct. 09, 2013

Public Enemy: Confessions of an American Dissident tells Bill Ayers's story from the moment he and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn, emerged from years on the run and rebuilt their lives as public figures, often celebrated for their community work and much hated by the radical right. In the face of defamation by conservative media, including a multi-million dollar campaign aimed solely at demonizing Ayers, and in spite of frequent death threats, Bill and Bernardine stay true to their core beliefs in the power of protest, demonstration, and deep commitment.  Ayers reveals how he has navigated the challenges and triumphs of this public life with steadfastness and a dash of good humor.

37th Season Chicago Ensemble Concert Series

Sun., Oct. 13, 2013

For more than 30 years, The Chicago Ensemble has brought a fascinating array of chamber works to Chicago audiences. Offering an innovative mix of familiar masterworks and lesser-known repertoire performed in varied combinations of instruments and voice, The Chicago Ensemble occupies a unique place in Chicago's cultural life. Join us for the first performance of the Ensemble’s 37th season!

Global Voices Author Night with Ronny Edry

Tue., Oct. 15, 2013

In March of 2012, Ronny Edry, a frequent Facebook user, posted a photo of him and his young daughter standing behind the bold words, “Iranians, we will never bomb your country. We [heart] you”. The image garnered international attention and initiated the peace campaign “Israel Loves Iran”, focused on alleviating tension between the long-rivaled countries.

Maria Costa’s “Macho Men and the Women Who Love Them”

Wed., Oct. 16, 2013

In this inspiring and hilarious one-woman standup show, feisty actress/comedian Maria Costa confesses her struggles in loving a traditional “macho” man and takes a sharp look at relationships, women's issues, cultural diversity and family dynamics.

Association for Japanese Literary Studies Conference

Fri., Oct. 18, 2013

This year's Japanese Literary Studies conference, “Performance and Japanese Literature,will be a reflection on literary scholarship that go beyond traditional concepts to incorporate linguistic and cultural performativity, ritual, and the activities of literary criticism and publication as they function as performances.

Yoshio Hayakawa and Masahide Sakuma

Fri., Oct. 18, 2013

Two Japanese popular music legends perform together for one night only as part of the Conference on Performance and Japanese Literature!

Global Voices Author Night with Debora Spar

Mon., Oct. 21, 2013

Dr. Spar is the president of Barnard College, arguably the most important all-women’s college in the United States. In Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection—a fresh, wise, original book— she asks: Why, a half century after the publication of Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique, do women still feel stuck?

2013 MSA Eid Al-Adha Banquet

Fri., Oct. 25, 2013

The MSA Eid Al-Adha Banquet annually brings the campus community together to reflect on the theme of community building through service, while enjoying a hearty meal and listening to inspiring speakers and performers.

Mercy Killers

Mon., Oct. 28, 2013

In "Mercy Killers," a new one-man play, Joe struggles with the uniquely American experience of losing your health care in the land of plenty. Join us for a viewing of the play and a panel discussion with the playwright, UCMC health practitioners, and members of the community concerned about our health care system.

6th Annual Chicago International Education Conference

Fri., Nov. 01, 2013

Under the theme "Global Citizenship in K-12 Education," the 2013 Chicago International Education Conference explores strategies for teachers and administrators to engage students and internationalize their classrooms. Jenny Buccos, the founder and director of and recognized by President Obama as a 2012 “Champion for Change”, will present the keynote address.  More speakers and breakout sessions will follow.

Global Voices Author Night with Alex Prud’homme

Mon., Nov. 04, 2013

Today, 90 percent of natural gas wells use fracking. Though highly effective, the process-which fractures rock with pressurized fluid-has been criticized for polluting land, air, and water, and endangering human health. Alex Prud’homme’s Hydrofracking explores both sides of the debate, from the economic and political benefits of fracking to the health dangers and negative effects on the environment, and offers clear answers to a range of fundamental questions, including: What is fracking fluid? How does it impact water supplies? Who regulates the industry? How much recoverable natural gas exists in the U.S.? What new innovations are on the horizon?

The Evolution and Reform of Health Care Delivery

Thu., Nov. 07, 2013

Join us as Dr. David Meltzer M.D., Ph.D. hosts a talk and discussion on "The Evolution and Reform of Health Care Delivery: from Marcus Welby to Hospitalists and Back Again". Dr. Meltzer will review the history of health care delivery, its evolution and future as we struggle to make health care delivery efficient, effective, and meaningful for both the patients and their physicians.

Screening of “Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience”

Tue., Nov. 12, 2013

Directed and produced by Audrey Geyer, “Our Fires Still Burn” dispels the myth that American Indians have disappeared from the American horizon, and reveals how they continue to persist, heal from the past, confront the challenges of today, keep their culture alive, and make great contributions to society.  This event includes a 6PM dance performance and Indian taco dinner and a 6:45PM-9PM screening followed by discussion with director and cast.

Global Voices Author Night with Sudhir Venkatesh

Wed., Nov. 13, 2013

Venkatesh joins us at International House to discuss his latest book, Floating City: A Rogue Sociologist Lost and Found in New York’s Underground Economy. In this book, he returns to the streets to connect the dots of New York’s divergent economic worlds and crack the code of the city’s underground economy. Based on interviews with prostitutes and socialites, immigrants and academics, high end drug bosses and street-level dealers, Floating City exposes the underground as the city’s true engine of social transformation and economic prosperity—revealing a wholly unprecedented vision of New York.

Global Voices Author Night with Richard Grossman

Thu., Nov. 14, 2013

In recent years, the world has been rocked by major economic crises-- most notably the devastating collapse of Lehman Brothers, which triggered the breathtakingly destructive sub-prime disaster. What sparks these vast economic calamities? Why do our economic policy makers fail to protect us from such upheavals?

Alash Ensemble in Concert

Sun., Nov. 17, 2013

The Alash are masters of Tuvan throat singing, a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. What distinguishes this gifted trio from earlier generations of Tuvan throat singers is the subtle infusion of modern influences into their traditional music. One can find complex harmonies, western instruments, and contemporary song forms in Alash’s music, but its overall sound and spirit is decidedly Tuvan.

Gingarte Capoeira Presents: Zumbi’s Celebration

Sat., Nov. 23, 2013

Gingarte Capoeira celebrates the legacy of Zumbi, the last leader of the Quilombo dos Palmares, the fugitive slave community of colonial Brazil and creators of the capoeira fighting tradition. Come try out the Brazilian fighting dance for yourself at this evening of workshops and activities!

WHPK Jazz Film Screening: “A Great Day in Harlem”

Sat., Nov. 23, 2013

“A Great Day in Harlem” is the first film in WHPK and 59th St. Jazz’s “Reel Jazz” film series. This documentary chronicles the 1958 editorial shoot that became a historic jazz event based on a photo taken on 126th Street—magnificent for the sweep of history represented by those men and women standing between two stoops of a brownstone, many of them surrendering their lives to the pursuit of creative excellence.

37th Season Chicago Ensemble Concert Series

Sun., Nov. 24, 2013

For more than 30 years, The Chicago Ensemble has brought a fascinating array of chamber works to Chicago audiences. Offering an innovative mix of familiar masterworks and lesser-known repertoire performed in varied combinations of instruments and voice, The Chicago Ensemble occupies a unique place in Chicago's cultural life.

Why Do the French Leave France?

Mon., Dec. 02, 2013

The French Club will be hosting prominent French député (member of the National Assembly) Frédéric Lefebvre in conversation with WBEZ journalist and immigration expert Alexandra Salomon to discuss the topic "Why do the French Leave France?" Under this wide umbrella, our speakers will explore many of the fascinating but critical social and fiscal issues that have been motivating recent French emigration.

Voices in Your Head Concert

Wed., Dec. 04, 2013

Co-ed campus a cappella group Voices in Your Head is proud to present their annual fall concert at the International House!  We are also pleased to announce that we are featuring guest groups, The Northwestern Undertones and International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella 2013 Finalists, No Comment!

Film Screening and Discussion: “After Tiller”

Wed., Jan. 22, 2014

The acclaimed documentary "After Tiller: Furthering the Struggle for Reproductive Rights” intimately explores the highly controversial subject of third-trimester abortions in the wake of the 2009 assassination of Dr. George Tiller. The directors, Martha Shane and Lana Wilson, have created a moving and unique look at one of the most incendiary topics of our time, and they've done so in an informative, thought-provoking and compassionate way.  A panel discussion with filmmmaker Martha Shane will follow the screening.

Elections and Democracy in the Middle East

Sat., Jan. 25, 2014

Anticipating an exciting election period for several important regional actors in the Middle East, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies presents three panels on local and presidential elections in Algeria, Turkey and Iran. The panels will provide a platform to foster discussion about contemporary Middle Eastern political issues, and will offer alternative and nuanced perspectives on the many meanings of democracy in a post-Arab Spring Middle East.

37th Season Chicago Ensemble Concert Series

Sun., Jan. 26, 2014

For more than 30 years, The Chicago Ensemble has brought a fascinating array of chamber works to Chicago audiences. Offering an innovative mix of familiar masterworks and lesser-known repertoire, performed in varied combinations of instruments and voice, The Chicago Ensemble occupies a unique place in Chicago's cultural life.

Scandinavian Symphonic Sampler with VOX 3 Collective

Tue., Jan. 28, 2014

This program features the Lakeview Orchestra and its associate conductor Joshua Mather, in works from Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. Repertoire includes a sinfonia from 18th century Sweden, Grieg's suite based on the dramatist and philosopher Ludvig Holberg, and Nielsen's Suite for Strings. Prior to the symphonic concert, vocalists from VOX 3 Collective enhance the experience with songs for piano and voice from these three Scandinavian countries. Helpful narration helps contextualize the works and deepen understanding of the music.

Chinese New Year Gala

Sun., Feb. 02, 2014

Come celebrate the year of the horse with a Chinese New Year party featuring traditional Chinese dumpling making, student performances, fun games and activities.

Global Voices Author Night with Allan Friedman

Wed., Feb. 05, 2014

In Cybersecurity and CyberWar: What Everyone Needs to Know, Allan Friedman discusses the cybersecurity issues that challenge everyone: politicians wrestling with everything from cybercrime to online freedom; generals protecting the nation from new forms of attack while planning new cyberwars; business executives defending firms from once unimaginable threats; lawyers and ethicists building new frameworks for right and wrong.

Global Voices Author Night with Danny Postel, Afra Jalabi, and Bernardine Dohrn

Tue., Feb. 11, 2014

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres describes the three-year Syrian bloodbath as "the worst humanitarian disaster since the end of the Cold War." More than 130,000 Syrians have lost their lives, an average of 6,000 flee every day, and hundreds of thousands are on the brink of starvation, with no access to food or medical supplies, in besieged towns across the country.  Three longtime writers and activists — Danny Postel, Bernardine Dohrn and Afra Jalabi (two of them contributors to the recent book The Syria Dilemma, which The Progressive named one of the best books of 2013)— will discuss the origins and contours of the Syrian conflict, the response of the US peace movement to the war, and recent international efforts in solidarity with the Syrian people.

Mapping the Unseen: Science Film Showcase

Wed., Feb. 12, 2014

How do we measure or observe the world just outside our reach? In this program, presented by Imagine Science Films, a spectrum of scientist-filmmakers investigate our near, and perhaps not-so-near, surroundings. Abstract phenomena and complicated communications systems are visualized via animation and computer modeling. Each film, or set of films, will be followed by discussion of the themes between scientists and filmmakers.

Beautiful Love: A Dinner Concert With Paulinho Garcia

Fri., Feb. 14, 2014

Chicago's Brazilian gem, vocalist and guitarist Paulinho Garcia, infuses American songbook standards with bossa nova soul on his new solo album Beautiful Love during this romantic Valentine's Day dinner concert.

Salaam, Love: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex, and Intimacy

Tue., Feb. 18, 2014

There are millions of Muslim men trying to figure out the complicated terrain of love, sex, and relationships just like any other American man. In Salaam, Love, Ayesha Mattu and Nura Maznavi provide a space for American Muslim men to speak openly about their romantic lives, offering frank, funny, and insightful glimpses into their hearts—and bedrooms.

Law School Musical

Thu., Feb. 20, 2014

The Law School Musical began in 1984 and has been entertaining audiences, distracting students from their schoolwork, and parodying professors ever since!  Written, choreographed, orchestrated, directed and performed from scratch every year, the musical showcases the hard work and dedication of the Law School's creative and talented student body.

Black History Month Celebration of 59th Street Jazz with the Marquis Hill Septet and WHPK Radio

Sat., Feb. 22, 2014

You won't want to miss the WHPK Jazz Format 4th Annual Black History Month celebration of jazz, "Our Gift to the World."  This year's concert features The Marquis Hill Septet with Marquis Hill, trumpet/flugal horn; Christopher McBride, alto saxophone; Justin Thomas, vibraphone; Joshua Ramos, bass; Makaya McCraven, drums; and Juan Pastor, percussion. Special guest Willie Pickens will be awarded the REACH Award.

Global Voices Author Night with Kenan Trebincevic and Julia Lieblich

Wed., Feb. 26, 2014

Join Bosnian refugee Kenan Trebincevic, author of The Bosnia List: A Memoir of War, Exile, and Return, as he tells his gripping story of escaping genocide and then returning to his homeland.  Julia Lieblich will also discuss her book Wounded I Am More Awake: Finding Meaning After Terror, co-authored with Esad Boskailo, which tells the story of a Bosnian concentration camp survivor who becomes a psychiatrist so he can help other survivors of trauma heal and find meaning.

Michio Kaku: The Future of the Mind

Thu., Feb. 27, 2014

For the first time in history, the secrets of the living brain are being revealed by a battery of high tech brain scans devised by physicists. Now what was once solely the province of science fiction has become a startling reality. Recording memories, telepathy, videotaping our dreams, mind control, avatars, and telekinesis are not only possible; they already exist.  In The Future of the Mind, Dr. Kaku takes us on a grand tour of what the future might hold, giving us not only a solid sense of how the brain functions but also how these technologies will change our daily lives. He even presents a radically new way to think about "consciousness" and applies it to provide fresh insight into mental illness, artificial intelligence and alien consciousness.

Global Girls Cultural Showcase

Sat., Mar. 01, 2014

Join us as we honor individuals and organizations empowering voices and impacting women and girls locally and globally!  The highlight of the afternoon includes culturally diverse performances from organizations that represent a variety of traditional performing arts from around the world.  Awards recognizing individuals and organizations will also be presented throughout the event.

Film Screening and Discussion: American Promise

Mon., Mar. 03, 2014

American Promise, a documentary that traces two African-American boys' journey from kindergarten through high school graduation, finds the greatest challenge for the families--and perhaps the country--is to close the black male educational achievement gap, which has been called "the civil rights crusade of the 21st century." The screening will be followed by audience discussion with Professor Cathy Cohen and a panel of African-American parents of Lab School children.

WATCH: Leading America’s Big Cities in the 21st Century

Thu., Mar. 06, 2014

On March 6, the Institute of Politics and International House presented a panel discussion featuring Mayors Rahm Emanuel of Chicago, Bill DeBlasio of New York City, Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles, and Kasim Reed of Atlanta.  View the full video here!

Gingarte Capoeira Women’s Performance

Sat., Mar. 08, 2014

In celebration of Women's History Month, and on the heels of Black History Month, Gingarte Capoeira Chicago presents Mulheres da Capoeira, an evening performance which will feature acts by Gingarte Capoeira cultural dance company, master teacher Dill Costa and special guest female capoeiristas.

Global Voices Author Night with T.V. Paul

Tue., Mar. 11, 2014

In The Warrior State: Pakistan in the Contemporary World, noted international relations and South Asia scholar T.V. Paul tackles what may be the world's most dangerous powder keg and untangles a fascinating riddle. In many states across the developing world, military-led regimes have experienced impressive economic growth and have evolved into at least partially democratic states. Yet Pakistan, a heavily militarized nation, has been a conspicuous failure. Its economy is in shambles, propped up by international aid, and its political system is notoriously corrupt and unresponsive.  What explains Pakistan's unique inability to progress?

Shadows into Light: Exploring Debussy’s “Pelleas et Melisande”

Sun., Mar. 23, 2014

Not seen in Chicago since the early 1990s, the dreamlike atmosphere and mythic setting of Debussy's opera can seem esoteric or maddening. With hazy harmonies and symbolic language, where does one even begin to understand the action, much less the music? Guided by renowned baritone Richard Stilwell, with musical performances provided by members of VOX 3 Collective, this not-to-miss event unlocks one of the first major modern works in style and substance.

Eastern European Folk Festival

Fri., Mar. 28, 2014

As one of the largest festivals showcasing Balkan and Eastern European folk music, dance, and culture in the U.S., this celebration attracts enthusiasts from all over the country to sing, dance, and eat all weekend long!

Research on CEO Leadership Behaviors in Chinese Organizations with Professor Lynda Jiwen Song

Thu., Apr. 03, 2014

Lynda Jiwen Song is an associate professor and vice department head of the Department of Organization and Human Resources at the School of Business, Renmin University of China.  Inspired by Chinese management practices, Professor Song identified three organizational exchange mechanisms: strong organizational culture, mutual investment employment approaches, and transformational leadership behaviors of CEOs. She also examined the interaction between Chinese CEOs’ authoritative, task-oriented and caring leadership behaviors and top management team support, and its effect on middle managers’ performance.

The Human Person, Economics, and Catholic Social Thought

Thu., Apr. 03, 2014

Join us for a panel discussion with Gary Becker, University of Chicago; Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago; Mary Hirschfeld, Villanova University; F. Russel Hittinger, University of Tulsa; and Rachel Kranton, Duke University exploring fundamental convergences and divergences in the conception of the human person in the fields of economics and Catholic social thought.

Reason and Esotericism in Shi’i Islam

Fri., Apr. 04, 2014

A one-day symposium on 'Reason and Esotericism in Shi'i Islam', aimed to be part of a regular series of events bringing together junior and senior scholars and open to the general public interested in Shi'ism in all its varied forms, from all perspectives and periods. The symposium will feature 4 panels from pre-modern to modernity.

Making Hinduism a “World Religion”: Before and After Swami Vivekananda

Tue., Apr. 08, 2014

As part of events surrounding the Vivekananda Visiting Professorship, established by the Indian Ministry of Culture to commemorate the legacy of Swami Vivekananda and to enrich scholarly life at the University of Chicago, Sir Christopher Bayly of Cambridge University, who will be part of the faculty for Spring Quarter 2014 and 2015, will offer a talk entitled "Making Hinduism a 'World Religion': Before and After Swami Vivekananda.”

Global Voices Author Night with ACLU President Susan Herman

Thu., Apr. 10, 2014

ACLU President Susan Herman speaks about her newest book, Taking Liberties: The War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy. In the wake of the worst attack on American soil, the United States took on policies both at home and abroad that changed the world in many significant ways. Although critical discussion of policy trends in light of our civil liberties is always necessary, such conversations seem particularly important in light of recent revelations about the NSA's dragnet spying programs.

America’s Most Wanted: Hip-hop, the Media, and the Prison-Industrial Complex

Sat., Apr. 12, 2014

"America's Most Wanted" examines the prison crisis by placing two of America’s most influential industries in the crosshairs: corporate-owned media and entertainment. From exploring trends in national news coverage to debating narratives that dominate hip-hop music and popular culture, a provocative panel of scholars, activists and artists will consider the ways these industries reinforce the status quo of mass incarceration. This forum will also scrutinize how various corporations beyond media and entertainment fuel what activists deem “the prison-industrial complex.”

Global Voices Author Night with Josh Ruebner

Thu., Apr. 17, 2014

As the White House continues to invest significant political capital in trying to broker Israeli-Palestinian peace, author, speaker and activist Josh Ruebner will discuss his new book, Shattered Hopes: Obama's Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace, and shed light on why the United States has been unable to achieve success despite more than twenty years of effort.

“Culture Shock!” A Festival of Afro-Caribbean Fashion, Dance, Music, and More

Sat., Apr. 19, 2014

Join the African and Caribbean Students Association for their biggest event of the year.  "Culture Shock!" will challenge your preconceived notions of the African and Caribbean experience. Come join us for a showcase of music, dance, fashion, comedy, and food, and explore African- and Caribbean-inspired content from the diaspora.

Global Voices Author Night with Shadi Hamid

Tue., Apr. 22, 2014

The Global Voices Author Night Series presents Shadi Hamid, discussing his new book, Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East.  Hamid draws on hundreds of interviews with leaders and activists from across the region to advance a new understanding of how Islamist movements change over time.

Is Religion Ruining Our Politics?  A Dialogue with E.J. Dionne and Ramesh Ponnuru

Tue., Apr. 22, 2014

From social issues to civil rights, from economic policy to international relations, what is the proper role of religion in politics today?  And what can these traditions teach us about our common history – and our future?  Join the Institute of Politics as it hosts the National Review’s Ramesh Ponnuru and the Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne in a thought-provoking dialogue, as part of UChicago Spirit Week.

J.A. Atanda Memorial Lecture

Wed., Apr. 23, 2014

Join us for the 2nd Annual J.A. Atanda Memorial Lecture, "Indirect Rule and the Elasticity of Politics and Power," with Professor Toyin Falola of the University of Texas at Austin.  He is the author of numerous books and essays and the series editor of major presses and publications, including his acclaimed memoir A Mouth Sweeter Than Salt.

Teaching at Urban Universities Conference

Fri., Apr. 25, 2014

The International House Global Voices Lecture Series and UChicago Graduate Student Affairs are proud to present the third annual Teaching at Urban Universities Conference. This year’s conference features UChicago alumni and faculty from various departments who will discuss what it takes to get hired and succeed at urban universities.

37th Season Chicago Ensemble Concert Series

Sun., Apr. 27, 2014

The International House Global Voices Performing Arts Series presents the Chicago Ensemble's fourth program in their series of chamber music concerts.  This concert features some of the eclectic and off-the-beaten-path repertoire for which the group is known, including works by Beethoven, Max Reger, and William Walton.

Global Voices Author Night with Dylan Yeats and John Kuo Wei Tchen

Mon., Apr. 28, 2014

The Global Voices Author Night Series presents Dylan Yeats and John Kuo Wei Tchen on their new book, Yellow Peril!: An Archive of Anti-Asian Fear.  Written by two dedicated scholars, Yellow Peril! is the first comprehensive repository of anti-Asian images and writing, and surveys the extent of this iniquitous form of paranoia.

La Chose Franco-arabe: Exploring Centuries of Franco-Arab Relations

Tue., Apr. 29, 2014

American media portrayals of French society during the 2005 Paris riots highlighted the kinds of deep racial tensions that were later characterized by Andrew Hussey as "the long war between France and its Arabs."  In this talk, eminent scholar Henry Laurens (College de France) will explore the complexities of Franco-Arab relations in a broader context in which French and Arab identities not only compete with each other, but also mutually support and complement each other.

Global Voices Author Night with Dan McMillan

Wed., Apr. 30, 2014

The Holocaust is the defining event of the twentieth century. Yet for too long we have treated it as incomprehensible, as a catastrophe so terrible that it escapes human understanding. Historians have explored the many sources of this tragedy through specialized research, but none have pulled all the causes together in a comprehensive analysis.  In How Could This Happen: Explaining the Holocaust, historian Dan McMillan distills a vast body of scholarship into an explanation of the genocide’s many causes, revealing how one of the world’s most advanced societies could commit murder on such a massive scale.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration with Tsukasa Taiko

Fri., May. 02, 2014

Join us as we celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at I-House!  This year we will feature Tsukasa Taiko, a program of Asian Improv aRts Midwest that offers taiko drum instruction, education, and performances. As a leading taiko ensemble in the Midwest, Tsukasa Taiko aims to preserve and pass on the traditional concepts of taiko as a cultural legacy.

Thompson House Presents: Marrow

Sat., May. 03, 2014

Thompson House Presents features Marrow, an indie rock band- the newest project of Kids These Days' Liam Cunningham, Macie Stewart, and Lane Beckstrom, joined by Matt Carroll, Walbom, Nina Coomes, Lauren Feldman, Lukas Hager, and Dan Brier.

8th Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

Sat., May. 03, 2014

The Undergraduate Philosophy Conference is an annual event dedicated to showcasing student scholarship in the field of philosophy. Undergraduates from colleges and universities around the country are invited to present their research papers and receive feedback.

Latin American Policy Forum

Thu., May. 08, 2014

The Latin American Policy Forum is organized by Latin American Matters, a University of Chicago Harris School student organization that aims to bring policy debate from Latin America to the University of Chicago.  The forum will feature ten speakers from across the region who will speak on security, democracy, economic development, and financial inclusion.  Leonel Fernandez, former president of the Dominican Republic, will give the keynote address.

China and the World: Business, Politics & International Relations in the Age of an Asian Superpower

Sat., May. 10, 2014

The University of Chicago’s China and the World conference will examine the changing face of Chinese foreign policy and the future of national politics and society in China. Featured panelists will analyze some of the headwinds currently facing China from an economic and diplomatic perspective, covering financial and economic transformation in China, international relations in the age of an Asian superpower, social change, and Chinese politics. 

National Forum on Police Crimes

Fri., May. 16, 2014

On May 16 – 17, 2014,  the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (NAARPR) will host the national forum "Stop Police Crimes – Defend Human Rights – Free All Political Prisoners”. This national forum, initiated by the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, will bring together founding members, organizers, scholars & activists from Chicago, the Bay Area, New York, Los Angeles, Baltimore, and other cities. Panelists will discus how police crimes affect labor rights, immigrant rights, LGBTQ rights, women, and the repression of people for progressive political activities - the very things that spurred the founding of NAARPR over forty years ago.

WHPK Jazz Film: The Bootleg Series Volume One

Sat., May. 17, 2014

In honor of Miles Davis’s birthday (May 26, 1926), the WHPK Jazz Format’s REEL Jazz Film Series will be screening The Miles Davis 1967 European Tour, also featuring Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams.  A discussion with WHPK Jazz Format DJs will follow the screening.

Festival of Nations

Sun., May. 18, 2014

Join International House residents and Chicago-based community organizations for an afternoon of cultural celebration featuring food, music, dance and exhibits from around the world. Enjoy a showcase of many artistic talents of the I-House resident community-a community of many languages and cultures.  Join friends and neighbors of International House and experience colors, rhythms, and flavors from across the globe. Fun for all ages!

Panel on Fossil Fuel Divestment

Mon., May. 19, 2014

Join Professors Raymond Lodato, Elisabeth Moyer, James Sallee, and Raymond Pierrehumbert as they present various arguments for and against fossil fuel divestment, particularly in the case of the University of Chicago. Students will ask the panelists prepared questions about financial, institutional, scientific, and moral aspects of divestment.  A Q&A session with the audience will follow.

Voices From North Korea

Thu., May. 22, 2014

Two defectors from North Korea come to campus to talk about their escape and share testimonies about their lives and struggles inside the Hermit Kingdom. The audience will learn about the experiences of these refugees and the human rights abuses they encountered and overcame, then have the opportunity to ask questions and learn about ways to take action.

Global Voices Author Night with Daniel Drezner

Mon., Jun. 02, 2014

In The System Worked: How the World Stopped Another Great Depression, Drezner, a renowned political scientist and international relations expert, contends that despite the massive scale and reverberations of this latest crisis, the global economy has bounced back remarkably well. Examining the major resuscitation efforts by the G-20 IMF, WTO and other institutions, he shows that, thanks to the efforts of central bankers and other policymakers, the international response was sufficiently coordinated to prevent the crisis from becoming a full-fledged depression.

Robert H. Kirschner, M.D., Memorial Human Rights Lecture with Dr. Paul Farmer

Thu., Jun. 05, 2014

Dr. Paul Farmer of Harvard Medical School and Partners in Health will give a lecture entitled "Health and Human Rights: Lessons from Haiti and Rwanda." This annual lecture series honors the life and work of Robert H. Kirschner, M.D., noted forensic pathologist and a founder of the University of Chicago Human Rights Program.

Voices In Your Head Presents: Our Songs Know What You Did in the Dark

Fri., Jun. 06, 2014

Voices In Your Head is proud to present their scandalous spring concert at the International House, featuring Northwestern's Purple Haze!  Voices In Your Head is a co-ed, student lead a cappella group from the University of Chicago, consisting of both undergraduate and graduate students. Founded in 1998, the group has recently gained ground in the national collegiate a cappella scene, being featured on a number of national a cappella compilation albums and competing in national a cappella festivals. Its unique repertoire includes original pieces as well as an eclectic mix of pop, R&B, rock, and alternative music. The group competes annually in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) and travels nationally to perform at a cappella festivals and tours.

International House Around the World Wine Tasting

Sat., Jun. 07, 2014

Join us for an international wine-tasting reception, presented as part of the University of Chicago Reunion Weekend!  Reconnect with old friends and current International House graduate students while enjoying a showcase of fine wines from Argentina and around the world.

The Community Fellows Program Presents: “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder

Sat., Jun. 07, 2014

Since its premiere in 1938, this award-winning play has been called by many "the best American play ever written." Come see International House residents from more than ten counties perform this poetic, beautiful piece examining life and death and everything in between in a small New England town.

37th Season Chicago Ensemble Concert Series

Sun., Jun. 08, 2014

The Chicago Ensemble presents the final program in the group’s series of chamber music concerts!  Michelle Areyzaga, soprano, much acclaimed for the beauty of her singing, rejoins the Ensemble along with Ricardo Castañeda, oboe, Mathias Tacke, violin, and the Ensemble’s artistic director and pianist, Gerald Rizzer. The sixth program in this year's series features J. S. Bach Cantata arias for soprano, oboe, violin and piano; G. P. Telemann Trio-sonata for oboe, violin and piano; W. A. Mozart Aria: Non piu, tutto ascoltai for soprano, violin and piano; Francis Poulenc Sonata (1962), for oboe and piano, and other beloved masterworks, rarely heard gems, and contemporary works by composers around the world.  Arrive early to enjoy a reception with the musicians at 2:30PM.

Make Music Chicago 2014

Sat., Jun. 21, 2014

Make Music Chicago returns to International House for its fourth year! Join us at International House to enjoy an afternoon of free performances. Musicians, amateur and professional alike, join in celebrating Hyde Park’s own iteration of this fantastic global event. Over 500 cities around the world come together on the longest day of the year to celebrate music and music making.


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Chicago, Illinois 60637-2997

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