Global Voices Programs

2018-2019 Global Voices Performing Arts & Lecture Series

Harris School of Public Policy: Diversity Luncheon

Wed., Sep. 26, 2018

International House welcomes the Harris School of Public Policy for the 2018 Diversity Luncheon. This year's Common Read is The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation by Natalie Y. Moore. Join us for a talk by the author and an open discussion of the book and the issues it presents. 

International House Founder’s Day Presents: UChicago Latinx Heritage Month Celebration

Tue., Oct. 02, 2018

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 another year of international friendship and public programming during International House Founder's Day Presents: UChicago Latinx Heritage Month Celebration Featuring ¡Pachanga! 

Ballroom Bootcamp 2018

Sat., Oct. 06, 2018

Want to learn how to gracefully glide across a dance floor? Join International House and the Ballroom & Latin Dance Association to learn some of the most popular ballroom dances in the world! 

Industry & Industrialism in the Late Antique and Early Islamic Near East

Thu., Oct. 18, 2018

Join us for a two-day conference which will focus on the status and structure of industrial production in the Near East between the fourth and tenth centuries CE. While the vibrant agrarian and commercial activity of the time is well-documented, less is known about the state of industrial production.

IOP Speaker Series: The Impact of Populism & Nationalism on American Democracy

Fri., Oct. 19, 2018

Join International House and the UChicago Institute of Politics as we welcome National Review senior editor Jonah Goldberg for a conversation on his new book, Suicide of the West: How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics is Destroying American Democracy.

Will Kemp Returns: a Jigs Revival

Sat., Oct. 20, 2018

Back by popular demand, Consort favorite Steve Player with jigs, songs, and antics from Elizabethan England! International House welcomes the Newberry Consort as they revive their Jigs program with new ballads, new hijinks, and even more laughs, brought to you by singers and dancers, our violin band, lute and guitar, pipe and tabor, and bagpipe with costumes by Meriem Bahri.

2018-2019 Tetsuo Najita Distinguished Lecture: Yu Miri

Thu., Oct. 25, 2018

Join us for this year's Tetsuo Najita Distinguished Lecture entitled Myself Within Japan, Myself Within Fukushima with Yu Miri as she discusses and questions the concepts of home and nation-state, drawing on her family's story and her own experience with the city of Fukushima. 

Marking x8: Commemoration in Czech and Slovak History

Fri., Oct. 26, 2018

With the political upheavals of 1848, independence in 1918, the Nazi occupation of 1938, the socialist coup in 1948, and the Warsaw Pact invasion of 1968, Czech, Slovak, and Czechoslovak history are often reduced to the narratives of these ‘8s’. With a keynote lecture by David Cooper from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and speakers contributing perspectives from film, theater, Jewish studies, urban studies, and gender studies, this program creates a space for interdisciplinary approaches to the idea of commemoration, memory, and the making and managing of Czech and Slovak history and identity.

Let’s Grow Together: A Night of Comedy and Community

Sat., Oct. 27, 2018

Join International House as we host the University of Chicago Muslim Students Association's annual fall event, Let's Grow Together: A Night of Comedy and Community. This event will feature Ingrid Mattson, entertainment by Azhar Usman, and dinner from Al-Bawadi Grill. It promises to be an evening of good food, good performances, and good company.

Cabaret Connexion: Films and Razzle-Dazzles

Sun., Oct. 28, 2018

The 8-day international conference of the Chicago Paris Cabaret Connexion begins with a day of film screenings and two "Razzle-Dazzles" at International House to celebrate the history of cabaret from France to the United States. Filmmaker Cheryl E. Grant, French historian Jacques Protat (with singer Maryline Rollet), Chicago-based music historian Charles Troy and others invite you to explore the intimate art of cabaret performance. 

Chicago Humanities Festival

Sat., Nov. 03, 2018

Since 1989, the Chicago Humanities Festival has presented hundreds of programs that aim to expose individuals to important ideas in Humanities-related disciplines. The 2018 Fallfest will explore this year's theme—Graphic!—through thought-provoking programs featuring prominent speakers.

The Chicago Ensemble 42nd Season, Program I

Sun., Nov. 04, 2018

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 40 years. Piano trios by the great composers of the Classical period make up The Chicago Ensemble’s first program in the group’s ambitious 42nd season. 

5th International Korean Traditional Performing Arts Competition

Sat., Nov. 10, 2018

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

International Houses Worldwide Event: Seventy Years of India-US Relations: Prospects and Challenges

Tue., Jan. 08, 2019

International House at the University of Chicago is collaborating with the UChicago Delhi Center, the Indo-American Friendship Association, and the India Habitat Centre for this panel discussion that will examine the bilateral relationship between India and The United States both from an historical perspective and with a look ahead to the future. The panel will discuss and debate what the past seventy years has meant for the India-US partnership and will look ahead to prospects and challenges for the future.

The Chicago Ensemble 42nd Season, Program II

Sun., Jan. 13, 2019

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 40 years. Pieces by Schubert and Schumann make up The Chicago Ensemble’s second program in the group’s ambitious 42nd season. 

International Houses Worldwide Event: I-House Day Tokyo

Sun., Jan. 13, 2019

Join fellow Alumni and friends to celebrate the I-House spirit for I-House Day Tokyo on Sunday, January 13. I-House Days are a wonderful way to meet, reconnect and gather with fellow Alumni in your city.

Black String: A Lunch Conversation

Mon., Jan. 14, 2019

Join the University of Chicago's Center for East Asia Studies and International House as we welcome Black String members, Yoon Jeong Heo, Jean Oh, Aram Lee, and Min Wang Hwang to engage in a conversation about their music careers and impressive repertoire which focuses on improvisation as an important aspect of Korean traditional music and attempts to create a unique language through Asian intuition and musical idiom.

Kreisman Panel Discussion: Space, Equity, and Lessons Learned from the Housing Field

Wed., Jan. 16, 2019

International House hosts the Kreisman Initiative on Housing Law & Policy, a partnership between the University of Chicago Law School, Office of Civic Engagement, and the Mansueto Institute, which brings together the fields of urban science and law to advance housing scholarship and generate new ideas about cities and housing. The conversation will explore the definition of spatial inequity with panelists from academia, practice, policy, and activism. 

Pluralism in a Polarized Age: Navigating Our Deepest Differences Together

Thu., Jan. 31, 2019

In our increasingly polarized society, how do we speak to one another about our deepest beliefs? Can we even bring our personal religious and political convictions to bear in the university and other public spaces? And how does pluralism contribute to greater flourishing in our society? Join us as two of our nation’s leading voices on pluralism discuss their own beliefs and what it means to bring one’s whole person (including one’s religious, political, and ethical convictions) into the public square with confidence and humility.

Press Play > Globalizing Your Classroom Through Film

Fri., Feb. 01, 2019

The 11th International Education Conference will explore how educators can use films to bring international content into their classrooms. Sessions will be led by Milos Stehlik of Facets Multimedia, Amanda Friedeman of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, Christina Thornell of, and Fareed Mostoufi of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. 

Meet Sweet Honey In The Rock

Tue., Feb. 05, 2019

Sweet Honey takes center stage as part of the International House Global Voices Program. The ensemble presents stories and other selections in this special 45th anniversary celebration.

Readings in World Literatures Winter Lecture

Thu., Feb. 07, 2019

Join us for this annual event, this year led by Professor Malynne Sterstein. "Nabokov’s tragedy, then, worthy of an autobiography, could be said to be a personal modern tragedy: the story of a life in an age—historically and by one’s personal clock—where one dwells in exile from language per se, where translation—with its attendant miscommunications, mistakes, misrecognitions—is the only possible medium of communication.  It is all too easy to identify, to pretend to understand and to nod.  That move would take care of the exilic dilemma once and for all.  That’s an easy read.  But it’s also the truly cruel one."

Common Book Initiative

Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

Join Global Voices and the Center for Identity + Inclusion for this year's Common Book Initiative. As part of the University of Chicago’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, the UChicago Common Book Initiative strives to enhance campus climate and build community through a shared experience of reading the same book and engaging in dialogues across campus. Come discuss Thi Bui's graphic novel "The Best We Could Do" with peers and community members.

IOP Speaker Series: U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)

Thu., Feb. 21, 2019

Join us as we welcome U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) for a conversation with IOP Director David Axelrod. U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2016 after representing Illinois’s Eighth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives for two terms. She is an Iraq War Veteran, Purple Heart recipient and former Assistant Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Analyze Your Options

Fri., Feb. 22, 2019

The OCC and The Options Industry Council with the University of Chicago and Barron's Group invite you to hear representatives from the Options Industry Council, Barron's Group, TD Ameritrade, Charles Schwab, Fidelity, TABB Group, E*Trade, William Blair, Cboe, Box Options Exchange, Options Play, and SpiderRock.

4th Annual Green Careers Panel

Wed., Feb. 27, 2019

Join the Phoenix Sustainability Initiative to hear from four environmental professionals across a diverse range of environmental careers. Panelists will discuss their current job experiences, speak about their work and career trajectories, discuss the skills they find most valuable, and analyze challenges they have faced in their work. The panelists will also help students majoring in Environmental Studies, Environmental Science, Political Science, Public Policy, Economics, as well as anyone with an interest in a “green” career, to gain a better understanding of the opportunities present in an evolving and relevant field.

Black History Month: Celebrating Global Diversity in the African Diaspora

Thu., Feb. 28, 2019

The International House Global Voices Program and the Global Strategists Association invite you to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures represented throughout the Chicagoland area. The event will include networking and fellowship opportunities, as well as a speech from Keynote Speaker Ms. Phumzile Mazibuko, Consul General of the South African Consulate in Chicago.

South Asian Music Ensemble Winter Showcase

Sun., Mar. 03, 2019

The South Asian Music Ensemble is a special repertory ensemble in the Department of Music which explores a variety of classical, vernacular, and popular song styles from the Indian Subcontinent. The ensemble focuses on both vocal technique and instrumentalism, exploring various stylistic features, compositional forms, improvisational practices and performance conventions.

The Transatlantic Alliance: Opportunities and Challenges

Thu., Mar. 07, 2019

Join International House & The Chicago Eric M. Warburg Chapter of the American Council on Germany, in welcoming Alexander Kulitz. This free event will provide discussion with Alexander Kulitz, a member of the German Dundestag, as he discusses the opportunities and challenges posed by the transatlantic alliance.

The Chicago Ensemble 42nd Season, Program III

Sun., Mar. 10, 2019

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 40 years. Pieces by Haydn, Caplet, Muczynski, and Poulenc make up The Chicago Ensemble’s third program in the group’s ambitious 42nd season. 

54th Anniversary Spring Festival of Eastern European Music and Dance

Sat., Mar. 23, 2019

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. 

His Excellency President Nana Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana

Mon., Apr. 01, 2019

The International House Global Voices Program welcomed His Excellency President Nana Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana to discuss his fifty years of public service, his vision for the future of Ghana, and the relationship between Ghana and the United States. This event was co-sponsored with the Institute of Politics. Photos from the event can be found here and the video here.

Human Rights Crisis in Xinjiang

Thu., Apr. 11, 2019

The status of Western China's Muslim minorities has long been a sensitive point in Chinese domestic policy. But in the past two years, state pressure on these communities has drastically increased. This panel brings together activists, policy experts, and leading scholars on the human rights crisis in Xinjiang.

IOP: Live Recording of “The Axe Files” with Valerie B. Jarrett

Thu., Apr. 18, 2019

Join Interational House and the IOP as we welcome former White House Senior Advisor Valerie B. Jarrett for a live recording of “The Axe Files” podcast, hosted by Institute Director David Axelrod. She will discuss her path to public service, her perspective on news of the day, and her new book, Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward.

Nativism, White Power, and Anti Immigrant Violence in the US

Fri., Apr. 19, 2019

On April 19-20, 2019, Professors Kathleen Belew and Ramón Gutiérrez, of the University of Chicago’s History Department, will convene a two-day conference on “Nativism, White Power, and Anti-Immigrant Violence in the United States.” The conference will be broadly inclusive of current humanities and social sciences research on the conference themes.

UChicago Common Book Initiative: An Evening with Thi Bui

Mon., Apr. 22, 2019

Join International House for a conversation with Thi Bui, award-winning author of The Best We Could Do, the inaugural Common Book selection. The graphic novel details the author and her family's journey from Vietnam to the United States as part of the wave of the refugees in the 1970s. A book signing will take place after the lecture. 

So You Want to Start a Movement? Ai-jen Poo & George Goehl

Thu., Apr. 25, 2019

Join International House and IOP as we welcome community organizers Ai-jen Poo and George Goehl to discuss their life in organizing and their perspective on the grassroots movements affecting the direction of American politics – from climate change to labor rights and more.

Jazz Appreciation Month Concert – Spring is Here

Sat., Apr. 27, 2019

Join the International House Global Voices Performing Arts Series and WHPK 88.5 FM Jazz as we celebrate Jazz Appreciation month with our 9th Annual Jazz: Our Gift to the World event: A Tribute to the Jazz Crusaders. This event will feature the Ernest Dawkins Ensemble.

A Conversation with John Prendergast of the Enough Project

Tue., Apr. 30, 2019

Join the Masters of Arts in International Development and Policy Program and International House for a conversation with human rights and anti-corruption activist as well as a New York Times best-selling author, John Prendergast. Focusing on peace in Africa for over thirty-five years he founded and is the Director of the Enough Project, a policy organization aimed at countering genocide and crimes against humanity. Please join us at 5 PM for a reception before the lecture.

Dengue Fever

Thu., May. 02, 2019

Join International House as we welcome LA-Based Cambodian and indie rock band, Dengue Fever. Dengue Fever are recognized for their trademark blend of sixties Cambodian pop and psychedelic rock. 

‘Enchanted Islands: A Travelogue’ by Spektral Quartet

Sat., May. 04, 2019

International House and the University of Chicago Department of Music welcome the ensemble-in-residence Spektral Quartet as they present Christopher Trapani's Isolario: Book of Known Islands and the world premiere of Isolario: Book 2, a commission stemming from the quartet's time at the American Academy in Rome. Sharing the program's island theme is Schubert's riveting Rosamunde, a high drama harkening back to the island of Cypress in mythology.

Cinco De Mayo Celebration

Mon., May. 06, 2019

Join International House and UChicago Medicine for a night celebrating Cinco De Mayo and learning about healthcare initiatives among the Latinx population!

2019 CSRPC Annual Public Lecture: Jose Antonio Vargas

Tue., May. 07, 2019

Join us for the CSRPC's Annual Public Lecture featuring Jose Antonio Vargas, a noted journalist, filmmaker, and immigration rights activist. Born in the Philippines and raised in the United States as an undocumented citizen, Vargas has been vocal about the politics of immigration and the toll it takes on the American family, society, and beyond. Vargas recently won the Pulitzer Prize for his book, "Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen," and will also be doing a book signing as part of the event.

7th Annual LAM Forum: Challenges in Latin America: Democracy and Development

Fri., May. 10, 2019

The LAM Policy Forum provides an opportunity for renowned practitioners and world-class policy leaders to discuss Latin American policy issues with Harris School students and leading academic researchers in the Chicago area. In past years, the event has hosted relevant policymakers and leaders, such as former Latin American Presidents, current and former ministers, Latin American ambassadors to the US, and policy experts.

Dukati and Biseri Folklore Ensemble Annual Concert

Sat., May. 11, 2019

The Dukati and Biseri Folklore Ensemble brings Serbian and Macedonian traditions from the Balkans to the stage with authentic choreography, instrumental and vocal performances, and traditional costumes. The intricate traditions that the ensemble brings to life on stage are over one hundred years old and have been passed through families for generations. Ever since their beginning in 2009, the ensemble has been preserving folk tradition through their research, performance, and restoration projects. 

Our Gitanjali

Thu., May. 16, 2019

Join International House and the Chicago Folklore Society for Our Gitanjali, a night of Bengali music and reflection on the devotional songs of Rabindranath Tagore. This event is free and open to the public.

2019 UChicago Graduate China Forum

Sat., May. 18, 2019

Founded in 2015, The University of Chicago Graduate China Forum is one of the most important student-run forums in the Midwestern United States. It aims to promote intellectual exchange and bilateral cooperation between the U.S. and China by creating a platform for presenting diverse perspectives on contemporary U.S.-China issues.

Ben Rhodes Book Discussion

Tue., May. 21, 2019

International House and the Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts are hosting an event featuring Ben Rhodes, the Deputy National Security Advisor for former President Barack Obama. Rhodes will share anecdotes and a behind-the-scenes look at his time in the Obama Administration as chronicled in his New York Times bestseller, The World as It Is.

Memorial Day Program

Wed., May. 22, 2019

Join International House and the Office of the Provost to celebrate Memorial Day with former U.S. Under Secretary of the Army Patrick J. Murphy. Mr. Murphy was the Acting Secretary of the Army under President Obama and remained in the position until May 18, 2016. This event is free and open to the public with regestration.

2019 Kirschner Lecture: Dean Spade Solidarity Not Charity: Mutual Aid for Mobilization and Survival

Thu., Jun. 06, 2019

This annual lecture honors the life and work of Robert H. Kirschner, noted forensic pathologist and a founder of the UChicago Pozen Family Center for Human Rights. Dean Spade is an associate professor at Seattle University School of Law, where he teaches administrative law, poverty law, gender and law, policing and imprisonment, and law and social movements. Spade founded the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a nonprofit law collective that provides free legal services to transgender, intersex, and gender nonconforming people who are low income and/or people of color. He is the author of Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law, and he directed a documentary titled Pinkwashing Exposed: Seattle Fights Back!

Traditional Candlelight Ceremony & Reception

Fri., Jun. 07, 2019

Sunday Supper is one of the oldest traditions at International House. It dates back to the very early 20th century before the first International House in New York was established in 1924. The idea of Sunday Supper began with Harry Edmonds, a YMCA official in New York and founder of the International House idea, who often invited international students to his house for supper. Today, this event brings together the entire International House community. This event is exclusively for International House alumni and graduate students who are at least 21 years of age. Registration is required here.

“Science and Cinema” with Dr. Marius Stan, MBA’07

Sat., Jun. 08, 2019

Scientists and movie makers are creators driven by curiosity. Using different methods, they passionately create and communicate knowledge and emotions. With the expansion of computation and artificial intelligence, the scientific and artistic methodologies have increased in complexity and are evolving as partners in shaping the human society. In this talk, Marius Stan discusses the interplay between science and cinema using as examples video clips from movies and computer simulations.

The Chicago Ensemble 42nd Season, Program IV

Sun., Jun. 09, 2019

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 40 years. Pieces by Mozart, Bliss, Saint-Saëns, and Piston make up The Chicago Ensemble’s fourth program in the group’s ambitious 42nd season. 

Make Music Chicago

Fri., Jun. 21, 2019

Every June 21st, Make Music Chicago brings together Chicagoans to celebrate their ability to make music, regardless of age, ability or preferred musical style. Unlike a typical music festival, Make Music Chicago is open to anyone who wants to take part. Join us at International House to enjoy an afternoon of free performances by musicians, amateur and professional alike, celebrating Hyde Park’s own iteration of this fantastic global event.


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