2018-2019 Multimedia Series

Spring 2019

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

April 1, 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.


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

April 25, 2019

MacArthur "Genius" Fellow, Executive Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and community organizer Ai-jen Poo and husband and fellow community organizer George Goehl, joined the IOP 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. This conversation was moderated by Osita Nwanevu (AB'15, MPP'16), staff writer for The New Yorker.


Winter 2019

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

January 16, 2019

International House hosted 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 explored the definition of spatial inequity with panelists from academia, practice, policy, and activism.


Pluralism in a Polarized Age: Navigating Our Deepest Differences Together

January 31, 2019

Listen to 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. 


U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)

February 21, 2019

International House, the IOP, and The Pearson Institute welcomed U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) for a conversation with IOP Director David Axelrod. 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.


South Asian Music Ensemble

March 3, 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.


Autumn 2018

 UChicago Latinx Heritage Month Celebration

October 2, 2018

International House recently celebrated another year of international friendship and public programming through the 2018 Founder's Day Celebration, held in conjunction with the inaugural UChicago Latinx Heritage Month Celebration. The event included music, food, dancing, and more!


The Role & Responsibility of Artists to Right-wing Nationalism & Social/Religious Conflict

October 15, 2018 

Scholar, activist, and Carnatic vocalist TM Krishna presented a lecture on the role of arts and artists in leveraging institutional change in today's political and cultural climate. Krishna is a revolutionary force in Indian classical music and art as he works to release Carnatic music from its upper-caste confines, revitalizing it and making it relevant for today.


The Impact of Populism & Nationalism on American Democracy

October 19, 2018

International House and the UChicago Institute of Politics as welcomed 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.  In his third New York Times bestseller, Goldberg chronicles the societal missteps that, he argues, led to the present surge of populist and nationalist movements. Exposing “the West’s suicidal tendencies on both sides of the ideological aisle,” he offers a way forward to restore the health of liberal democracy.


Tetsuo Najita Distinguished Lecture: Yu Miri

October 25, 2018

This year's Tetsuo Najita Distinguished Lecture entitled Myself Within Japan, Myself Within Fukushima was given by Yu Miri. 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.


Chicago Humanities Festival 

November 3, 2018

​The 2018 Fallfest explores the theme of Graphic! through thought-provoking programs featuring prominent speakers. Nutritionist and nutrition policy advisor Marion Nestle reveals ways the food industry manipulates nutrition science to support its own profit goals—to the detriment of public health—and suggests what we can do to take back the truth.