Global Voices Programs

2015-2016 Global Voices Performing Arts & Lecture Series

Yoko Noge and the Jazz Me Blues: Celebrating 20 Years of Chicago Asian American Jazz

Fri., Oct. 02, 2015

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival with an evening of music from Yoko Noge and the Jazz Me Blues Band. Yoko Noge, a transplant from Osaka, Japan, moved to Chicago in 1984 to pursue her interest in blues music. The Jazz Me Blues, formed in 1987 by Yoko and five legendary Chicago musicians, melds an incredible mix of Chicago blues, jazz, Japanese music and Yoko’s compositions. The band has performed at the Chicago Blues Festival, the Chicago Jazz Festival, and the Asian American Jazz Festival.

International House Founder’s Day Celebration featuring Eddy Clearwater

Sat., Oct. 03, 2015

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 83 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. Buffet begins at 6:00, music at 7:00.

Experience Korea in Chicago

Thu., Oct. 08, 2015

Learn about Korean culture and modern history through a panel discussion, the screening of the blockbuster Korean film Ode to My Father, and the launch of the K-Friend in Mid-America website. There will be Korean food too!

Eid al-Adha Banquet

Fri., Oct. 09, 2015

Commemorating the end of the Hajj (pilgrimage) and grounded in the roots of Abrahamic sacrifice, Eid-al-Adha is a true feast and celebration.  Join the Muslim Students Association as we honor this holiday two and a half weeks after its occurrence.  This edition of the annual Eid Banquet will feature food from Al-Bawadi Grill, one of the premier Palestinian restaurants in all of Chicagoland, and compelling entertainment.

Carol J. Adams: The Sexual Politics of Meat Slideshow

Tue., Oct. 13, 2015

Carol J. Adams will present the Sexual Politics of Meat Slideshow, a dynamic and challenging discussion of women and animals in contemporary pop culture, drawing on theory discussed in her landmark book The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory.

The Chicago Folklore Ensemble Presents: The World in Chicago

Thu., Oct. 15, 2015

From the Serbian mountains of blood and honey to the passionate coasts of Argentina, rattling buses tearing through Thai countryside and back to sweet home Chicago, we'll take you on a journey around the world atop a carpet of music and story. String-quartet and storyteller come together to narrate the sounds, tastes, emotions stored in the memories of Chicago immigrant musicians.

Plenty Ladylike: An Evening with Senator Claire McCaskill

Thu., Oct. 15, 2015

Join the IOP to welcome U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill as she discusses the setbacks and sexism she faced in her journey to become the first female senator in Missouri history, and the strategizing and steadfastness it took to get her there. In her new book Plenty Ladylike, Senator McCaskill shares how she became accepting of her own ambitions for a political career, and how other young people can, too.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi

Fri., Oct. 16, 2015

Nancy Pelosi is the Democratic Leader of the House of Representatives in the 114th Congress.  From 2007 to 2011, she served as the first woman Speaker of the House, and she has led House Democrats for more than a decade.  Pelosi has represented San Francisco, California's 12th District, for 28 years.  In 2013, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

Nahuel Pennisi in Concert

Sat., Oct. 17, 2015

Nahuel Pennisi is a renowned Argentinian folkloric guitarist and vocalist who has performed around the world. Celebrate the release of his first album of original songs, including collaborations with some of Argentina's musical legends. 

Their City and Ours: A Baffler Forum on Developmental Disorder

Sat., Oct. 17, 2015

Join us for an afternoon discussion of Rick Perlstein’s “There Goes the Neighborhood: The Obama Library Lands on Chicago,” a shocking tale from The Baffler’s new issue (no. 28), along with Chris Lehmann’s “Having Their Cake and Eating Ours Too,” mordant observations on the emerging mutant donor class in America. Not enough fun to drag you off your couch? Writer and attorney Tom Geoghegan, joining Perlstein, Lehmann, and activist educator Jitu Brown will discuss the case for and against the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. Come, all ye faithful defenders of clean air, lake water, and natural light and join us for an afternoon of talk about politics, art, vanity, social class, and developmental disorder in Chicago.

SSA Social Justice Address with K. Sujata

Fri., Oct. 23, 2015

K. Sujata, a strong advocate for women and girls, will give this year's SSA Social Justice Address, entitled "Gender Bias: Can We End It?"  She has broad experience in Chicago's philanthropic, business and nonprofit communities. She serves as president of Chicago Foundation for Women, a grant making organization dedicated to increasing resources and opportunities for women and girls in the greater Chicago area.

The Road to 2016 with Jorge Ramos

Wed., Oct. 28, 2015

Join the University of Chicago Institute of Politics as Jorge Ramos, journalist and anchor for Univision and Fusion, assesses the 2016 election and the state of Latino voters in America.

BDS and the Ethical Obligation to End Complicity in Oppression

Thu., Oct. 29, 2015

Join us for a talk by Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the international movement for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) of Israel, in which he will discuss the intellectual, legal, and moral reasons for supporting the boycott as a means of non-violent resistance.

Chicago Ensemble Fall Concert

Sun., Nov. 01, 2015

Join The Chicago Ensemble for its 39th season of eclectic classical chamber music performances, featuring Gerald Rizzer, artistic director/piano, and leading Chicago artists. Every concert offers a wide-ranging program of beloved masterworks, rarely heard gems and contemporary works by composers around the world. Enjoy an intimate setting, complimentary reception and informal spoken program notes that provide the perfect chamber music experience.

ACM Global Connections Concert: Korean Composers

Fri., Nov. 06, 2015

Chicago’s Access Contemporary Music teams up with the Seoul-based Korean National Composers Association to present a concert of music from three generations of leading contemporary Korean composers. The music will be performed by ACM’s resident ensemble Palomar, on flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion.

International Korean Traditional Performing Arts Competition

Sat., Nov. 07, 2015

As part of our series of Korean cultural events sponsored by the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Chicago, International House proudly presents a Korean instrumental, dance, and voice competition, with a grand prize of $1,000 and certificates from the Governor of Illinois.

Veteran’s Day Recognition

Wed., Nov. 11, 2015

University veterans and other community members will gather to observe the posting of the Colors and hear from Provost Eric Issacs, Professor John Cacioppo, Director of the Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience, and a student representative of the Veterans Outreach Committee. Following the presentation, guests are invited to stay for a light lunch reception.

Lenka Lichtenberg & Fray

Thu., Nov. 12, 2015

Czech-born Canadian chanteuse Lenka Lichtenberg creates soundscapes of mesmerizing grandeur and beauty. Singing in six languages, Lichtenberg ranges from innovative expressions of Eastern European and Middle Eastern traditional music to her own compositions which meld European roots with North American jazz, Brazilian samba, Indian classical and more, into soulful global grooves. Her Toronto-based band Fray is comprised of global fusion, jazz and traditional musicians from around the world.

InterGenerational Model UN 2015

Sat., Nov. 14, 2015

The InterGenerational Model United Nations (InterGenMUN) conference is a unique opportunity for participants of all ages and walks of life to step into the shoes of UN Ambassadors and debate a range of issues on the UN agenda. This half-day program is designed as a teaching and learning conference and is intended for both novices and delegates with prior Model UN experience. Delegates will be joined by notable local and national leaders in civic affairs, international relations, and social issues. The keynote address will be delivered by Mark Schlachter, Director, Office of Public Affairs and Outreach, Bureau of International Organization Affairs, U.S. Department of State.

Merchants of Doubt Screening and Discussion with Bob Inglis

Mon., Nov. 16, 2015

Merchants of Doubt takes audiences on a satirically comedic, yet illuminating ride into the heart of conjuring American spin. Filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the curtain on a secretive group of highly charismatic, silver- tongued pundits-for-hire who present themselves in the media as scientific authorities – yet have the contrary aim of spreading maximum confusion about well-studied public threats ranging from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals to climate change.  The screening will be followed by a Q&A with former Congressman Bob Inglis, Director of the Energy and Enterprise Initiative at George Mason University.

Save Our Sisters

Tue., Nov. 17, 2015

As state violence rises among communities of color, issues of rape and domestic violence lay buried in the ground, leaving us to wonder: Do #BlackWomensLivesMatter? Join panelists Zerlina Maxwell, Jamilah Lemeiux, and Dr. Dawne Dupart as we bring these issues to the forefront of the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

Michael Vickers on the Modern Middle East

Wed., Dec. 02, 2015

International House welcomes Michael Vickers, former Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence within the United States Department of Defense, to speak about the challenges facing the modern Middle East, including global jihad, sectarian conflict, and state collapse.  His lecture will be followed by a Q&A moderated by Professor Robert Pape, director of the Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism.

History, Hope, and Responsibility: A Dialogue on the Civil Rights Movement

Sat., Jan. 09, 2016

Please join us for a resident dialogue on the current struggle for equality, specifically looking at mass incarceration and the school-to-prison pipeline. This program will engage the works of Dr. King and author/CNN contributor Van Jones, who will be one of the guest speakers for the University celebration on Monday, January 11 at 6:00PM at Rockefeller Chapel.

I-House Open Mic

Thu., Jan. 14, 2016

Snap along if you like! Perform, study, or chill with a coffeehouse vibe at the I-House Open Mic!

Celebrating India Awakes

Thu., Jan. 21, 2016

Dr. Ausaf Sayeed, Consul General of India, will present on the current state of India as part of the University of Chicago Diplomatic Encounters Series. Following will be a screening of the documentary India Awakes, as well as a discussion with Bob Chitester, CEO of Free To Choose Media and executive producer of India Awakes; Tom Palmer, executive vice president for international programs at the Atlas Network; and Jim Tusty, co-writer and director of India Awakes.

The Jubilee Project Presents: The Road Less Traveled

Fri., Jan. 22, 2016

The Jubilee Project is a 501c3 organization that exists to tell stories that inspire change through filmmaking. They will be screening a few of their new projects, then opening the floor for a discussion led by Jason Lee.  A smaller meet-and-greet will take place before the talk to allow a more personal space to get to know the Jubilee Project.

Global Voices Author Lecture with Dr. Adam S. Cifu, MD

Tue., Jan. 26, 2016

A professor of medicine at the University of Chicago, Dr. Adam S. Cifu will discuss his book Ending Medical Reversal: Improving Outcomes, Saving Lives. Medical Reversal happens when doctors start using a medication, procedure, or diagnostic tool without a robust evidence base - and then stop using it when it is found not to help, or even to harm, patients. 

State of the Race: Primary Predictions

Wed., Jan. 27, 2016

Join the Institute of Politics for an evening of presidential predictions and campaign analysis. IOP Director David Axelrod and his panel of experts will examine the state of the 2016 race, which campaigns are surging, and which candidates’ hopes of the presidency are on life support.

International Food Festival

Sat., Jan. 30, 2016

Enjoy cuisine from all over the world! The Asian Students Union brings together a variety of cultural RSOs for a night of great eats and performances representing all the cultures and communities the University of Chicago has to offer.

TEDxUChicago Speaker Salon with Professor Wendy Freedman

Mon., Feb. 01, 2016

Professor Wendy Freedman, astronomer, former director of Carnegie Observatories, and TED speaker, will be addressing her topic of expertise of the observational side of cosmology. Her talk: “A Great Leap towards Astronomical Discovery,” will focus on the expansion of the universe, dark energy, and dark matter, as well as talk about her current Giant Magellan Telescope Project in Chile.

Blood Oil: A Global Voices Author Lecture with Leif Wenar

Wed., Feb. 03, 2016

Leif Wenar, Chair of Philosophy and Law at King's College, London, will discuss his book Blood Oil: Tyrants, Violence, and the Rules That Run the World.  Blood Oil shows how the West can lead the world’s next great moral revolution by ending its dependence on authoritarian oil, and by getting consumers out of business with the men of blood. The book sets out a grand strategy for upgrading the global system—for realizing new rules that will make us more secure at home, more peaceful abroad, and better able to solve pressing global problems like climate change.

UChicago Presents: Third Coast Percussion

Fri., Feb. 05, 2016

The ever-inventive Third Coast Percussion brings the idea of using a single type of material in performance—a wood table, in the case of Belgian composer Thierry de Mey’s piece, and a drumhead in Donnacha Dennehy’s new work inspired by playing techniques of the Irish bodhrán drum. The ensemble rounds out the program by honoring Steve Reich’s 80th birthday with his iconic Sextet.

The Chicago Ensemble Program II

Sun., Feb. 07, 2016

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. Program II features Bohuslav Martinů’s Piano Quintet No. 2, H 298 for string quartet and piano; Gabriel Fauré’s Song Cycle: La Bonne  Chanson, for baritone, string quartet, and piano; and Ludwig Thuille’s Piano Quintet in Eb Major, op. 20, for string quartet and piano.

Wil Sands on Waiting for Mother Russia: Ukraine’s Frozen War

Wed., Feb. 10, 2016

Photographer Wil Sands will discuss his photo series Waiting for Mother Russia – In Two Acts in advance of the exhibition’s opening on February 11th. His work explores the impact of Ukrainian clashes with Russian loyalists on the civilian experience.

ACM Global Connections: Catalonian Composers

Fri., Feb. 12, 2016

Access Contemporary Music’s Global Connections series continues with music of several composers from Mallorca, Barcelona, and other parts of Catalonia as part of a collaboration with the SIRGA Festival.

Black History Month Celebration of Jazz featuring Dee Alexander

Sat., Feb. 13, 2016

Dee Alexander's talents span every music genre, from Gospel to R&B, from Blues to Neo-Soul. Yet her true heart and soul can be experienced in their purest form through her performance of Jazz music. From a soft, sultry traditional ballad, to a contemporary Jazz-Funk groove; from a high flying swing, to a scat-filled romp, Dee Alexander delivers each style with a passion and love of music that comes across in each and every note, and with a style and grace that is truly her own.  Also featuring Junius Paul, Miguel De La Cerna, and Yussef Ernie Adams.

Roots and Rhymes: The Great Migration

Sat., Feb. 20, 2016

Soul Cafe and the Global Voices Program at International House presents Roots and Rhymes: a Black Culture Showcase in collaboration with local Chicago artists. To commemorate The First Great Migration, we will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of a movement that has since irrevocably shaped Chicago. Come experience the diversity Chicago's arts community has to offer.

The Honorable John Huntsman

Mon., Feb. 22, 2016

In light the of the recent state visit by President Xi, recent controversy over cyber attacks, and the developments in the Chinese economy, former Ambassador to China, current Chairman of the Atlantic Council, and former Republican presidential candidate John Huntsman sits down with the Institute of Politics to provide his insights and analysis on the US China relationship as well as the state of American politics. How will the future of the relationship between these two geopolitical and economic superpowers shape the world? 

Rhythms and Dances from the Balkans

Sun., Feb. 28, 2016

John Kuo, the director of the Chicago-based ensemble Balkanske Igre, and Galia Kuo, Bulgarian folk dancer, will give a lecture-demonstration on dance rhythms of the Balkans. John and Galia will demonstrate the unique musical rhythms of different areas in the Balkans and teach the audience how to recognize, count, and understand them.

Alash Ensemble

Wed., Mar. 02, 2016

The members of Alash, Tuvan throat singers, demonstrate a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. Masters of traditional Tuvan instruments as well as the art of throat singing, Alash are deeply committed to traditional Tuvan music and culture. At the same time, they are fans of western music. Believing that traditional music must constantly evolve, Alash subtly infuse their songs with western elements, creating their own unique style that is fresh and new, yet true to their Tuvan musical heritage.

One Earth Film Festival presents: My Stuff

Sat., Mar. 05, 2016

Petri Luukkanen, 26, is amidst an existential crisis when he begins filming My Stuff. He arrives at the idea that his happiness might be found by rebuilding his everyday existence. What does he really need – and what about all that stuff? See what he discovers about himself and the “stuff” he really needs.

The Chicago Ensemble Program III

Sun., Mar. 06, 2016

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. Program III features Francis Poulenc’s 1948 Sonata for cello and piano; Cesar Franck’s Sonata in A Major for violin and piano; and Maurice Ravel’s 1914 Trio in A Minor for violin, cello, and piano performed by Olga Kaler (violin), Andrew Snow (cello), and Gerald Rizzer (piano).

Najita Distinguished Lecture in Japanese Studies

Mon., Mar. 07, 2016

The Tetsuo Najita Distinguished Lecture series was launched in 2007 by the Committee on Japanese Studies at the Center for East Asian Studies to honor the legacy of Tetsuo Najita, Robert S. Ingersoll Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of History and of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, and his contribution to the university during his long career. This year’s keynote lecture will be given by Yoko Tawada.  A one-day symposium titled “Where Literature Begins: The Practice and Poetics of Multilingual Address” will accompany the lecture. The panelists for the symposium are: J. Keith Vincent (Boston University), Brett de Bary (Cornell University), Bettina Brandt (Penn State), Yasemin Yildiz (UIC), Andrew Long (Northwestern).

The Battle Over Free Speech on College Campuses

Wed., Mar. 09, 2016

Is the First Amendment under attack on college campuses? The Atlantic, Salon, The New York Times, and The Washington Post have all published pieces about the complex balance between free speech and political correctness on college campuses. 2015 was a pivotal year for this discussion across the country and leaves Americans wondering: How did we get here? Where do you draw the line, if any, between First Amendment rights and offensive speech? Are speech codes and safe spaces needed on campuses? And what responsibility do colleges have to create a climate that encourages an open and respectful exchange of ideas?

Eastern European Folk Festival

Fri., Mar. 18, 2016

One of the largest festivals in the U.S. showcasing the folk music, dance, and culture of the Balkans and Eastern Europe, this festival attracts enthusiasts from all over the country. Guided by master dance teachers and inspired by virtuoso musicians you’ll dance, sing, and jam all weekend long! Be enthralled by splendid performances of music and dance at the Saturday evening concert. Sample mouth-watering delicacies prepared by expert Balkan cooks. Finally, don’t miss the Sunday evening post-festival dinner and party.

Lobbying Against Cancer: Representative Marcus Evans on Cancer Advocacy

Wed., Mar. 30, 2016

South-side native State Representative Marcus Evans speaks on Cancer Advocacy and ways to be active on the political side of the cancer fight.  Rep. Evans will be introduced by Dr. Kathy Goss, Director of Strategic Partnerships at the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center, who will open the event by talking about her experience lobbying in DC for research funding.

The South Side with Natalie Moore and Rick Perlstein

Thu., Mar. 31, 2016

In THE SOUTH SIDE: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation, born and bred Chicagoan and WBEZ reporter Natalie Moore provides a contemporary snapshot of a fundamental issue facing her native city today: segregation on the South Side. She will be joined in conversation by Rick Perlstein, author of Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan.

Indian Consulate Film Screening: For Here or To Go?

Wed., Apr. 06, 2016

Set against the backdrop of the 2008 recession, For Here or To Go? is a comedy drama about the many personal battles faced by immigrants living in America. American in mind and Indian at heart, this is a contemporary story of ambition and ambivalence fueled by one’s immigration status that characterizes the dilemma of modern cultural displacement.

Space: Speculation and Exploration

Sat., Apr. 09, 2016

Each year, Chicago Society holds an academic conference in the spring, featuring a keynote address and several panels. This year, the theme is "Space: Speculation and Exploration." The conference aims to foster public science education by connecting professors and experts on space from various fields of science, economics, politics, and fiction with students and community members. Speakers will include leading experts on the science, business/politics, and fiction of space for each panel, including from NASA and other space-related organizations as well as universities.

Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War

Tue., Apr. 12, 2016

Burning Country explores the complicated reality of life in present-day Syria with unprecedented detail and sophistication, drawing on new first-hand testimonies from opposition fighters, exiles lost in an archipelago of refugee camps, and courageous human rights activists. Yassin-Kassab and Al-Shami expertly interweave these stories with an incisive analysis of the militarization of the uprising, the rise of the Islamists and sectarian warfare, and the role of Syria’s government in exacerbating the brutalization of the conflict.

The ACSA Network

Fri., Apr. 15, 2016

Playing off of the title of the 2010 movie "The Social Network", this year's theme will explore the many ways the African/Caribbean Diaspora explore their connections to different places, people, and cultures through social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube and Vine.

The Water Next Time: Changing Wavescapes in the Anthropocene, South and North

Fri., Apr. 15, 2016

This presentation by MIT professor Stefan Helmreich looks toward a future in which waves are not only known differently, through new kinds of computer modeling, for example, but also become differently composed material phenomena than once they were.  Professor Helmreich will deliver a history of ocean wave modeling in order to anchor an ethnographic report on how scientists think about whether waves may be transforming in synchrony with the political, economic, and social scene of the Anthropocene.

The Chicago Ensemble Program IV

Sun., Apr. 17, 2016

Program IV features J.S. Bach’s Contrapunctus I from Art of the Fugue for oboe, violin, viola, and cello; Benjamin Britten’s Phantasy Quartet op 2 (1932) for oboe, violin, viola, and piano; and Gabriel Fauré’s Quartet No. 2 in G Minor, op. 45 for violin, viola, cello, and piano; as well as two winners of the Discover America VIII Competition: John Russel’s Piano Trio (2012) for violin, cello and piano; and Roger Zare’s Irlandzki Polonez (2012) for oboe, violin, cello, and piano. These works will be performed by Ricardo Castañeda (oboe), Mathias Tacke (violin), Rose Armbrust Griffin (viola), Andrew Snow (cello), and Gerald Rizzer (piano).

UChicago Green Careers Panel

Thu., Apr. 21, 2016

This panel-style event will feature 4 environmental professionals offering insight into a diverse range of related fields, such as environmental law, environmental consulting, urban planning, non-profits, and governmental organizations. Discussing their current job experiences, they will speak to their personal work, professional trajectory, skills they find most valuable, and challenges they have faced. The speakers will provide an opportunity for students in Environmental Studies, Environmental Science, Political Science, Public Policy, Economics, and anyone with an interest in a “green” career, to gain a better understanding of the opportunities in an evolving and relevant field, and aid them in finding their own potential career path.

CSRPC Annual Public Lecture featuring Kathleen Cleaver

Thu., Apr. 21, 2016

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture's founding conference, and the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party, we are pleased present Kathleen Neal Cleaver for our 2016 Annual Public Lecture.  From 1967 until 1971, Cleaver was the Communications Secretary of the Black Panther Party, and the first woman member of their Central Committee.  Professor Cleaver currently lectures in legal history, civil rights history, and slavery and the anti-slavery movement at Emory University School of Law.  She will use this lecture to focus on the role of women in the Black Liberation Movement, then and now.

Portuguese Language Connection

Sat., Apr. 23, 2016

Students from UChicago, Northwestern University, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign gather to present projects and learn about Brazil.

Turks and Armenians: Nationalism and Conflict in the Ottoman Empire

Mon., Apr. 25, 2016

Professor Justin McCarthy will discuss his new book, which provides a framework for understanding Ottoman-Armenian relations. McCarthy challenges existing assumptions and contributes to the most central problem of late Ottoman historiography with a new interpretation explaining the conflict between the Ottoman Empire and its Armenian minority. 

Kalapriya Center for Indian Performing Arts presents Aham Sita

Wed., Apr. 27, 2016

Sita, a powerful metaphor in Indian culture, is revered as the perfect wife, steadfastly faithful to her husband Rama, the prince of Ayodhya. A blend of dance, music, poetry and the spoken word, Aham Sita frames 5 crucial moments in the life of this epic woman.

Jose Orduña on The Weight of Shadows

Thu., Apr. 28, 2016

José Orduña discusses The Weight of Shadows: A Memoir of Immigration & Displacement. Tracing his story of becoming a US citizen, Orduña’s memoir explores the complex issues of immigration and assimilation.

Tsukasa Taiko

Sun., May. 01, 2016

Experience the traditional concepts of Japanese art as a cultural legacy, to instill appreciation for artistic excellence, and to utilize these concepts in expanding and evolving the taiko (Japanese drum) art form with special guests from Fujima Ryu of Chicago (Japanese classical dance).

No Más Bebés: Film Screening and Discussion

Mon., May. 02, 2016

M.E.Ch.A. de UChicago presents a screening of the film No Más Bebés, which tells the story of immigrant mothers who sued county doctors, the state, and the U.S. government after they were pushed into sterilizations while giving birth at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center during the 1960s and 70s. The screening will be followed by a discussion with producer Professor Virginia Espino and featured plaintiff Consuelo Hermosillo.

Thirteen Festivals: A Ritual Year in Bengal with Ralph Nicholas

Tue., May. 03, 2016

Professor Ralph Nicholas began research on South Asian societies and cultures in 1960, when he was a graduate student at the University of Chicago.  He previously studied kinship, politics, and economics in rural West Bengal. The present work which forms the basis for this talk deals with the religious performances and rituals of ordinary people in a village in West Bengal.

Who Created Trump? A Conversation with Frank Bruni of the New York Times

Wed., May. 04, 2016

Donald Trump started as a comical blip on the road to the White House. Few in Republicans and Democrats took his candidacy seriously—but now with three months until the convention, Trump is leading in the delegate count. So, how did a candidate who was viewed as a reality star joke turn into a serious contender for President of the United States? Does the media give too much attention to Trump and sway the opinion of American voters? Or do American voters get the news they deserve?

Latin American Policy Forum 2016

Thu., May. 05, 2016

The 3rd Latin American Policy Forum is organized by Latin American Matters (LAM), a student organization at the Harris School of Public Policy, which aims to improve the position of the University of Chicago in Latin America, and to bring the policy debate from Latin American to our university community.  The keynote address will be given by Mr. César Gaviria, former President of Colombia (1990-1994) and former Secretary General of the Organization of American States – OAS (1994 – 2004).

ACM Global Connections – Irish Composers

Fri., May. 06, 2016

Access Contemporary Music’s three-concert Global Connections series concludes with a program of music by Irish composers presented in association with the Contemporary Music Centre in Dublin.  Three generations of living composers will be featured including a work by Jane O'Leary, ACM’s second-ever Composer Alive commission.  Presented in conjunction with the Contemporary Music Center in Dublin.

Asian Sound Revolution with Jin Hi Kim & Min Xiao-Fen

Sat., May. 07, 2016

Asian Sound Revolution features internationally acclaimed musicians Jin Hi Kim and Min Xiao-Fen, who each experiment with new approaches towards traditional East Asian instruments and musical genres.  Both artists have won numerous awards for their compositions and have focused their careers on artistic collaboration and education to bridge musical traditions across cultures and time.  Asian Sound Revolution presents both traditional and modern Korean and Chinese music and the blending of genres and cultural tropes that transcend national and regional borders.

US-China Relations Forum

Mon., May. 09, 2016

This one-day forum aims at taking the ongoing dialogue on U.S.-China relations to the next level and engaging students with leaders in policy, business, and academia. John S. (Jack) Wadsworth, Honorary Chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia, will deliver the keynote address, “The Challenges of Financial Markets and the Lessons of 2015,” and Henry Paulson, former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, will deliver the keynote interview, “Dealing with a China in Transition.”  The forum will feature three panels: Foreign Policy, Climate Change, and Economy and Finance.

Studying Race Relationally: A CSRPC 20th Anniversary Conference

Thu., May. 12, 2016

This two-day conference seeks to invite scholars of race and ethnicity to the University of Chicago campus for an extended conversation on the relational nature of racialization in the United States. The conference will serve as a central program for the 20th anniversary celebration of the founding conference for the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture.

The Afro-Samba Jazz Concert: The Music of the Diaspora

Thu., May. 12, 2016

The Afro-Samba Jazz Concert brings together a group talented Brazilian and American musicians dedicated to the preservation of Brazilian music at its best. Dill Costa (vocal), Luciano Antonio (guitar/vocal), Heitor Garcia (drums/percussion), Jack Zara (bass), Marcin Fahmy (piano), and guest Pharez Whitted (trumpet), will perform the music from the one of the greatest recordings ever released in MPB (Música Popular Brasileira). Afro-Sambas, a partnership between guitar player Baden Powell and Vinicius de Moraes marked the most unforgettable music in search of the African roots and the Afro-Brazilian religion, Candomblé.

The Real Adam Smith

Mon., May. 16, 2016

What can a man with a plain name who lived over 200 years ago tell us about life today? Who was The Real Adam Smith? And why should we care?
In this two-hour, two-part documentary, Swedish author, commentator and Cato Senior Fellow Johan Norberg explores Adam Smith’s life, his ideas about morality and economics, and how the concepts he discussed in his books and lectures are still relevant today.

A Conversation on The Refugee Crisis in Europe

Tue., May. 17, 2016

Over a million refugees flooded to Europe in 2015 alone, and still more have arrived in the first few months of 2016. Refugees come from areas as diverse as the Balkans, West and South Asia, and Africa, and they traverse through the hazardous Mediterranean Sea and Southeastern Europe to seek asylum. The massive influx of people into Europe has caused a multitude of challenges for the European Union, including which refugees to accept, how to patrol borders, and where to relocate refugees. Join the Consul General of Germany, Dr. Herbert Quelle, and Professor Hakan Karateke for the Diplomatic Encounters Series' discussion about the refugee crisis in Europe.

Argonne OutLoud: The End of Water as We Know It

Wed., May. 18, 2016

We are witnessing the end of the golden age of water. Freshwater was once abundant, cheap and safe for humans, but that is changing rapidly. Water technology and management figure to shape the 21st century much like oil conflicts influenced the 20th century. Access to clean water will affect everything from how our food is raised to how our economies function. Dr. Seth Darling, Argonne National Laboratory scientist and University of Chicago Institute for Molecular Engineering Fellow, will discuss how we got to this point, what lies ahead, and what can be done now to respond and adapt.

The 3 Ridges: Imagination, Critical Thinking and Action

Thu., May. 19, 2016

Diego Suárez presents his educational project that strives to create dialogue not only among different disciplines, but also cultures and ways of living. The research he will present has been conducted comparatively in public, private, and rural schools in central Mexico, southern Mexico, and Chicago. Through concepts, numbers, pictures and musical notes, the aim is to strengthen awareness and respect to build caring communities.

Lumen Christi Institute Lecture

Thu., May. 19, 2016

As part of the Eighth Annual Conference in Economics and Catholic Social Thought, a continuing exchange between research economists, bishops, and scholars, the Lumen Christi Institute presents a symposium entitled “Caring for our Common Home: Economics, Environment, & Catholic Social Thought.”

Festival of Nations

Sat., May. 21, 2016

Join International House residents, alumni and various Chicago-based community organizations for an afternoon of cultural celebration featuring food, music, dance and exhibits from all over the world. There will be crafts, activities, and much more!

Chicago Ensemble Program V

Sun., May. 22, 2016

Program V features F. J. Haydn’s Trio in F Major, Hob. XV:6 for flute, cello, and piano; Gabriel Pierné’s Sonata da Camera, op. 48 (1926), for mezzo-soprano, flute, cello, and piano; Maurice Ravel’s Chansons Madécasses (1926) for mezzo-soprano, flute, cello, piano; Jesus Guridi’s Seis Canciones Castellanas (1941) for mezzo-soprano and piano; Ned Rorem’s Trio (1960) for flute, cello, and piano; and Discover America VIII competition winner Patrick Castillo’s Incident (2010), for cello and piano. These will be performed by Stacy Eckert (mezzo-soprano), Susan Levitin (flute), Rebecca Zimmerman (cello), and Gerald Rizzer (piano).

In the Crosshairs: How Campaigns Use Data to Target Voters

Wed., May. 25, 2016

Did you know that campaigns also have access to your magazine subscriptions, loyalty card usage, licenses, permits, Internet searches, warranties, and even sweepstakes entries? There are no real restrictions to what information can be collected on you and sold. So, how do data companies collect this information? And how do campaigns use it to create targeted messages?  Two of America’s top political data strategists will provide their expertise on the subject.

2016 Presidential Election: The Effects of Political Rhetoric on Minority Communities

Thu., May. 26, 2016

As the United States gears up for another presidential election, it can credibly be said that the American public has never encountered such political polarization. Minorities have become the scapegoat of candidates on their way to further contextualize political agendas and motivations.  What will be the outcome of such agendas, and how are they risking a clearer future ahead for the fostering of dialogue? How can we address them?  At this year’s Chicago Interfaith Gathering, the Niagara Foundation explores lessons in dialogue among minorities and promoting peace after or during such political polarization.

The Subtle Surfaces of Wickedness: From Nigamasarma to the Occupation of Palestine

Tue., May. 31, 2016

Wickedness, perhaps a more personal quality than the abstract notion of evil, is worthy of study, especially when we move away from brute malevolence, often terrifying but boring, to more complex inner states, in which choice may or may not be accessible. This lecture will explore, first, a South Indian vision of the wicked, taken from Tenali Ramakrishna's Panduranga-mahatmyamu. To test a different model, Professor Shulman’s experiences in the Palestinian territories, specifically the South Hebron Hills, with settlers, soldiers, judges, bureaucrats, and policemen will be examined, at least in part in a comparative light, and with frequent sidelong glances to Mahatma Gandhi and Vivekananda.

CANCELLED:Where Did All the White Criminals Go: Reconfiguring Race on the Road to Mass Incarceration

Fri., Jun. 03, 2016

CANCELLED and rescheduled for fall quarter. The Reproduction of Race and Racial Ideologies Workshop presents a lecture by Khalil Gibran Muhammad.  Dr. Muhammad is the director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of the New York Public Library. In July, he will join the Harvard faculty as Professor of History, Race, and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and Suzanne Young Murray Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

International Wine Tasting

Sat., Jun. 04, 2016

Back by popular demand, this time-honored reception will help us learn about wines from select regions across the globe as we enjoy a musical performance by the acclaimed Chicago world music ensemble, Copacabana Trio and an appearance from the Passistas Samba Dance Troupe.

Global Voices: A Year in Review

Fri., Jun. 10, 2016

This past academic year, the Global Voices Lecture & Performing Arts Series launched the Global Voices Interview Series, a program which has enabled us to showcase some of the unique perspectives of our guests, ranging from New York Times columnist Frank Bruni to Chicago Blues Legend Eddie "The Chief" Clearwater. We present the links to these discussions below, as well as a selection of videos from our various lectures and performances throughout the year. We'd like to extend our thanks to all of the community members, attendees, and co-sponsors who made this a wonderful year and we look forward to another exciting year full of new events and programming, starting on September 24th with the Hyde Park Jazz Festival.


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