2016-17 Article and Interview Series

Winter Quarter 2017

Global Voices "Roots and Rhymes: A Black Culture Showcase" 

On February 17, 2017, Sarah Zhou published an article in the Hyde Park Herald promoting the upcoming performing arts showcase in celebration of Black History Month taking place at International House. Read the article here


Brazilian Cultural Center to host annual family Carnaval at International House

On February 15, 2017, Rena Slavin published an article in the Hyde Park Herald promoting the upcoming Carnaval event at International House. Read the article here.


Global Voices I-House and WHPK Present Grammy-Nominated Jazz Guitarist Henry Johnson

On February 8, 2017, Calvin Wang published an article in the Hyde Park Herald promoting the upcoming jazz concert at International House, featuring an interview conducted by Hanna Pfeiffer. Read the article here.



Autumn Quarter 2016

"We Are Neighbors. We Need to Work Together:" An Interview with Miguel Fraga

Hanna Pfeiffer and Patrick Reilly

November 17, 2016

On Friday, November 17, 2016, Miguel Fraga, who has served as first secretary of the Cuban Embassy in Washington, DC since it reopened in July 2015, visited the University of Chicago’s International House to give a presentation on the state of Cuban-American relations. During his talk, Fraga emphasized the importance of establishing goodwill and respect between the two neighboring nations for their mutual benefit. After the presentation, Global Voices Metcalf Fellows Patrick Reilly and Hanna Pfeiffer sat down with Fraga to discuss US-Cuban relations and Fraga’s experiences as a Cuban diplomat. Read more


Chicago Ensemble to kick off 40th season at I-House

On November 9, 2016, Hanna Pfeiffer published an article in the Hyde Park Herald promoting the Chicago Ensemble's upcoming concert. Read the article here.


"Canada Would be Wise to Include the Inuit:" An Interview with Aaju Peter

Hanna Pfeiffer

October 27, 2016

Inuit rights activist Aaju Peter was born in Inuit Greenland, but she grew up in Denmark, away from her culture and language. She then moved to Canada and immersed herself in Inuit culture, volunteered for women’s and interpretation organizations, and graduated from Akitsiraq Law School. Currently, she runs a home-based sealskin garment business and travels to advocate for Inuit rights. On Thursday, October 27, Peter visited International House for a screening and discussion of Arctic Defenders, a documentary in which she is featured. During the film, Global Voices Metcalf Fellow Hanna Pfeiffer spoke with Peter about her experiences and her activism. Read more


"Solutions that Make Sense for Chicago:" An Interview with Chris Wheat

Caitlin Moroney

October 26, 2016

On October 26, International House hosted an event called “Climate Change Forum: A North American Perspective.” Building on last June’s North American Leaders’ Summit in Ottawa, where President Barack Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto agreed to coordinated action to fight climate change, this forum brought together government representatives from the United States, Canada, and Mexico, as well as representatives from environmental organizations from across Chicago, to discuss local and international strategies to fight climate change.

Before the event, Global Voices Metcalf Fellow Caitlin Moroney spoke with one of the Forum’s guests, UChicago alumnus Chris Wheat, about his work as chief sustainability officer and senior policy advisor for the office of Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel. Read more


"Argentina Has Work to Do On Its Own:" An Interview With Ambassador Martín Lousteau

Patrick Reilly

October 18, 2016

On October 18, Argentina’s ambassador to the United States, Martín Lousteau, visited the University of Chicago’s International House to discuss the political and economic challenges facing Argentina. An economist by training, Lousteau has a unique perspective on his country’s politics, having held a number of positions in Argentina’s private sector and government, including as Minister of Economy and Production of Argentina, as a Member of the Argentine Parliament representing the city of Buenos Aires, and, most recently, as a candidate in Buenos Aires’s 2015 mayoral election, in which he received 48.4 percent of the total votes. Before the event, Lousteau spoke with former Gate co-editor-in-chief Patrick Reilly about Argentina’s politics and its relationship with the United States. Read more

"Failure Is Not An Option Here:" An Interview With Professor Marc Edwards

Caitlin Moroney

October 14, 2016

On October 14, 2016, Marc Edwards, Charles P. Lunsford Professor of Environmental and Water Resources Engineering at Virginia Tech University, visited the University of Chicago’s International House. Edwards exposed that the mismanagement of public water systems caused a 2004 lead poisoning outbreak in Washington, DC, as well as the more recent crisis in Flint, Michigan. He discussed his role in these events in his October 14 lecture, entitled, “Perspectives on Environmental Injustice in the Flint, Michigan Water Crisis.” Before the lecture, Global Voices Metcalf Fellow Caitlin Moroney spoke with Edwards about his work in exposing environmental injustice. Read more


Justice in the Service of Equality: An Interview with Christiane Taubira

Patrick Reilly

October 10th, 2016

On October 10, Christiane Taubira, France’s former Minister of Justice, visited International House for a lecture entitled “Justice in the Service of Equality.” Taubira has over two decades of experience in French politics. From 1993 to 2007, she represented the French Overseas Department of French Guiana in France’s National Assembly, where she successfully fought for a 2001 law recognizing the slave trade as a crime against humanity. In May 2012, French President François Hollande named her Minister of Justice. In this role, Taubira was responsible for coordinating France’s response to the January 7, 2015 Charlie Hebdo attack, and the November 13, 2015 Paris terror attacks. After Taubira's lecture, Global Voices Interviews Editor Patrick Reilly spoke with her about her advocacy for justice and equality. Read more.