Autumn Quarter 2016
Etno Grupa "Trag" Concert
September 29, 2016
The world-renowned ensemble Etno Grupa “Trag” performed at International House as part of the ensemble’s US tour this fall. The 10-person vocal-instrumental ensemble from Banja Luka, Serbia performed Serbian folk music.
Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson
October 7, 2016
The unpopularity of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton has left many Americans looking for a third option. Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party’s Presidential candidate, is currently the most favored third option.
Justice in the Service of Equality: A Public Lecture by Christiane Taubira
October 10, 2016
During this public lecture, Christiane Taubira, the former Minister of Justice in France, covers topics as diverse as same-sex marriage, slavery as a crime against humanity, and incarceration rates of youth of color. She has a long and rich history as a key political actor in regional, national, and European politics.
GenForward: Are Campaigns Hearing Millennials?
October 17, 2016
What young people think is at the center of this election. Campaigns, pundits, and pollsters are paying special attention to the political attitudes of this demographic and how they feel about issues from policing and gun violence to immigration and education. GenForward—a new survey of the Black Youth Project with the AP-NORC—provides monthly data on the political attitudes and policy preferences of Millennials with a focus on Millennials of color. What do these results tell us about how young adults experience and think about the world?
Home Improvement: Young Mayors Tackle Old Problems
October 20, 2016
The IOP welcomed three of the country’s top young mayors for a discussion on their innovative solutions to the challenges facing their cities. Panelists were Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, IN, Mayor Andrew Gillum of Tallahassee, FL, and Mayor Blair Milo of La Porte, IN. Former Mayor of Houston, Annise Parker, led the discussion.
Climate Change Forum: A North American Perspective
October 26, 2016
Government representatives from Canada, Mexico, and the United States joined together for a panel discussion on how North America is working to mitigate climate change while meeting shared objectives from the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21) and the North American Leaders' Summit. Following this, representatives from the City of Chicago and local organizations discussed initiatives to make Chicago a more sustainable city.
Winter Quarter 2017
CIA Director John Brennan
January 5, 2017
Following three decades of service at the CIA, Mr. Brennan was appointed Director by President Obama in 2013 and has worked at the forefront of the country’s counterterrorism and national security efforts. From the battle against ISIS to cyber attacks from Russia and China, how is the United States responding to growing threats to national security? What emerging threats are on the horizon? And how is technology changing the world of intelligence gathering? Director Brennan draws upon his vast experience at the agency to provide insight and analysis on the constantly evolving nature of threats and the role of US intelligence in world affairs.
America in the Trump Era: Covering Trump
January 26, 2017
The American public’s trust in the media is at an all-time low. People of all parties and all persuasions blame media bias for election results and public response. What were the media successes and failures of the 2016 election? How do America’s top media executives rate their organization’s performance? What did they do well? What mistakes did they make? How has the media landscape changed? And, looking forward, what challenges do they face covering a Trump White House?
Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro
February 1, 2017
Former Secretary Castro discusses his work rebuilding the housing market, increasing affordable homeownership and furthering the Fair Housing Act under the Obama Administration.
America in the Trump Era: JD Vance - Hillbilly Elegy
February 3, 2017
Author JD Vance discusses his best-selling memoir Hillbilly Elegy. “Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels. And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country.”
Chinese New Year’s Celebration “China Night”
February 4, 2017
Be amazed by the unique and entertaining Chinese music and dance performances.
America in the Trump Era: The Future of Health Care
February 8, 2017
What might ‘TrumpCare’ look like? Can President Trump provide universal coverage – as he has promised – without keeping much of what makes up the Affordable Care Act, from insurance mandates to taxes? What would repeal without full replacement mean for the 20 million-plus Americans who currently have coverage due to the law? What could fallout mean politically for Democrats and Republicans? What has worked with the ACA and what hasn’t? And could Democrats and Republicans work together on building on the ACA or coming up with an alternative?
Fake News, Alternative Facts, and the World of Misinformation with Buzzfeed’s Craig Silverman
February 13, 2017
How did America enter the ‘alternative facts’ era? How did Internet trolls who spread viral chain letters in the 90s & early 2000s morph into a monetized and politicized business? Who is gaining from the spread of false information? What is the responsibility of social network platforms to regulate ‘fake news’? And when does weeding out lies crossover into censorship? Craig Silverman has been dubbed the “Fake News Expert” and he presents how fake news trends have changed over the years and what the next big battle for news accuracy is.
America in the Trump Era: The Future of the GOP
February 16, 2017
With the 2016 campaign over and a controversial first month for the Trump presidency, the Republican Party is at a crossroads. The GOP controls all three branches of government, yet many Republic voters are divided in their support of the new administration. Can the GOP reconcile the factions within the party? What do these tensions mean for the future of the Party? And, what are the implications for the 2018 elections?
America in the Trump Era: S.E. Cupp & Van Jones
February 24, 2017
The International House and the Institute of Politics welcomed CNN political commentators S.E.Cupp and Van Jones to discuss the current state of politics in America. Moderating this discussion is David Axelrod, Director of the Institute of Politics.
Spring Quarter 2017
His Excellency John Mahama, Former President of the Republic of Ghana
April 3, 2017
His Excellency John Mahama, Former President of the Republic of Ghana was the 4th President of the Fourth Republic of Ghana, elected for a four-year term. At the end of his term in office, HE John Dramani Mahama joined the Economic Community of West African States mediation team to resolve the post-election political impasse.
Hashtags & Retweets: How the White House Uses Social Media
April 4, 2017
In the first 100 days of the Trump administration, President Trump has rewritten the rules of how the White House interacts with Americans and the press. From tweets to leaks, the IOP explores the role of new media in politics, the relationship of the press corps to the White House, and the power of 140 characters. Exploring these issues is Shailagh Murray, current fellow at the IOP and former Senior Advisor to then President Obama; and Ben Smith, the current editor-in-chief of Buzzfeed.
Trump’s First 100 Days: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly
April 19. 2017
The first 100 days of any Presidency tend to be the best opportunity to pass bills and change the status quo. President Trump has succeeded in making sweeping changes to environmental regulations through executive order, however, the Republican healthcare bill was withdrawn from consideration and his executive orders on immigration are facing major legal challenges. Going forward, what can we expect on other legislative fronts as the President’s first 100 days wind down? How will President Trump manage divisions within the Republican party in his legislative pushes for tax reform and the federal budget?
Mario Vargas Llosa: The Writer and His Demons, Lecture I
April 24, 2017
Nobel Prize-winning author Mario Vargas Llosa offers a fascinating testimonial about his own creative process. In his first lecture, Vargas Llosa discusses his novel "The Time of the Hero" (La ciudad y los perros) (1962).
Governor John Kasich (R-OH)
May 1, 2017
The Honorable John Kasich, Governor of Ohio and 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate, visted campus. Governor Kasich’s new autobiography, Two Paths: America Divided or United, revisits the tumultuous 2016 campaign and what it was like to be part of one of the most divisive presidential campaigns in American history. Governor Kasich will also share his hopes for the future and his take on Trump the candidate and Trump the president.
Mario Vargas Llosa: The Writer and His Demons, Lecture II
May 1, 2017
In his second lecture, Nobel Prize-winning author Mario Vargas Llosa discusses his novel "Conversation in the Cathedral" (Conversacíon en La Catedral) (1969).
Mario Vargas Llosa: The Writer and His Demons, Lecture III
May 8, 2017
In his third lecture, Nobel Prize-winning author Mario Vargas Llosa discusses his novel "The War of the End of the World" (La guerra del fin del mundo) (1981).
Mario Vargas Llosa: The Writer and His Demons, Lecture IV
May 15, 2017
In his fourth lecture, Nobel Prize-winning author Mario Vargas Llosa discusses his novel "The Feast of the Goat" (La fiesta del Chivo) (2000).
Power of the People: How to Mobilize a Movement
May 22, 2017
Micah White, the co-creator of Occupy Wall Street and author of The End of Protest: A Playbook for Revolution, explores best practices on how to organize a movement, the efficacy of protests as a way to enact change, and the role of electoral politics in a successful organization.
2017 Kirschner Human Rights Memorial Lecture with the ACLU’s David Cole
June 1, 2017
The International House Global Voices Program, the Pozen Family Center for Human, and the Institute of Politics welcomed the National Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) David Cole for the annual Robert H. Kirschner Human Rights Memorial Lecture series.
David Cole is the National Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union. As a professor at Georgetown University and attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights and the ACLU, he has litigated issues involving the use of secret evidence, the protection of flag-burning as political speech, supporting the free speech rights of immigrants, and against the suppression of peace advocacy criminalized as “material support for terrorism.”