2015-16 Multimedia Series

Autumn Quarter 2015

Nahuel Pennisi in Concert

October 17, 2015

On October 17th, 2015, Argentinian folk singer Nahuel Pennisi performed at International House's Assembly Hall. The event was presented by the International House Global Voices Program and SylviaHevia Productions, and was co-sponsored by AARP Illinois, the Consulate General of Argentina in Chicago, and Yes! Press Chicago.


Korean Traditional Performing Arts Competition

November 7, 2015

The Global Voices Performing Arts Series, the International Korean Traditional Performing Arts Committee, and the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Chicago were delighted to present the Second International Korean Traditional Performing Arts Competition. The Committee seeks to establish the status of Korean arts and present excellence in Korean culture through professional dance activities. At this competition, amateur artists demonstrated their talents in the categories of Traditional Instruments, Korean Dance, and Traditional Voice, such as pansori and minyo.


Veteran's Day Recognition

November 11, 2015

In honor of University of Chicago veterans past and present, John T. Cacioppo, the Tiffany and Margaret Black Distinguished Service Professor in Psychology and Director, Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience, discuss social resilience – our capacity to foster and sustain positive relationships and grow as a result of life stressors – and its role within the military.


Merchants of Doubt: Panel and Q&A with Bob Inglis

November 16, 2015

On November 16th, former congressman Bob Inglis (R-SC) visited International House for a screening of the documentary Merchants of Doubt, an event co-sponsored by the University of Chicago's Energy Policy Institute. Inglis represented South Carolina’s 4th District, which covers the highly conservative Greenville-Spartanburg area, from 1993 to 1998 and again from 2005 to 2010. During his second term in Congress, he advocated for a tax on carbon pollution, to be offset by cutting taxes elsewhere. This position put him at odds with other conservatives, and in 2010, Inglis lost his congressional seat to a primary challenger. The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library recognized Inglis’s commitment to the environment in the face of political pressure by presenting him with its 2015 Profile in Courage Award. After leaving Congress, Inglis founded the Energy and Enterprise Initiative, which engages conservatives on the issue of climate change. You can learn more about this group at its website, RepublicEn.org.

Winter Quarter 2016

January Open Mic Night

January 14, 2016

The first open mic from International House. Enjoy the talents of International House residents and friends!


State of the Race: Primary Predictions

January 27, 2016

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.


TEDxUChicago Speaker Salon with Professor Wendy Freedman

February 1, 2016

Professor Wendy Freedman, astronomer, former director of Carnegie Observatories, and TED speaker, addresses the observational side of cosmology. Her talk: “A Giant Leap Towards Astronomical Discovery,” focuses on the expansion of the universe, dark energy, and dark matter, as well as talk about her Giant Magellan Telescope Project in Chile.


Blood Oil: Author Lecture with Leif Wenar

February 3, 2016

In his sweeping new ‘big picture’ book, Blood Oil: Tyrants, Violence, and the Rules That Run the World, one of today’s leading political philosophers Leif Wenar explores how the “resource curse” impedes democracy and development—and searches for the hidden global rule that puts shoppers into business with some of today’s most dangerous men. He discovers the same rule that historically licensed the slave trade and genocide and apartheid—a rule whose abolition has marked some of humanity’s greatest triumphs, yet that still breeds tyranny and war and extremism through today’s global resource trade.

Spring Quarter 2016

The South Side with Natalie Moore and Rick Perlstein

March 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 is joined in conversation by Rick Perlstein, author of Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan.


Tsukasa Taiko

May 1, 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 Discussion

May 2, 2016

M.E.Ch.A. de UChicago presented 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. Our No Más Bebés Film Discussion features Producer Virginia Espino & Plaintiff Consuelo Hermosillo.


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

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.


Argonne OutLoud: The End of Water as We Know It

May 18, 2016

Dr. Seth Darling, Argonne National Laboratory scientist and University of Chicago Institute for Molecular Engineering Fellow will discuss how we are approaching the end of the golden age of water, what lies ahead, and what can be done now to respond and adapt. He will also give an overview of the research Argonne is doing in this space, including innovative approaches to water treatment.


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

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.