Global Voices Programs: September 2014 - June 2015

2014-2015 Academic Year Global Voices Programs

Fri., Sep. 12, 2014

3rd International Kathak Festival

The 3rd International Kathak Indian Dance Festival will provide a forum for the convocation of Kathak scholars, musicians, choreographers, and critics where both experts and the public alike can come together to appreciate, debate, and learn about Kathak dance performance from September 12 through September 14.

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Sat., Sep. 27, 2014

Hyde Park Jazz Festival

For yet another year, International House plays host to the Hyde Park Jazz Festival! This annual event features the finest artist in local, national, and international jazz. The full line up of more than 40 programs can be found on the Hyde Park Jazz Festival Website. International House will be hosting Nicole Mitchell's Ice Crystals from 6:45 to 7:45pm and the Ernest Dawkins Quartet from 9:30 to 10:30pm. Read more about the festival in Howard Reich's Chicago Tribune article.

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Thu., Oct. 02, 2014

Founder’s Day Celebration featuring Luciano Antonio

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 82 years of international friendship and public programming during the Founders Day Celebration featuring Brazilian folk and bossa nova guitarist and vocalist, Luciano Antonio and friends.

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Thu., Oct. 02, 2014

Ukraine in Flames: A Roundtable on Recent Events in the Former Soviet Union

Panelists will include:

Robert Bird (moderator) - Slavic Languages & Literatures and CMS, University of Chicago

Andrei Gornykh - Mellon Visiting Professor, Slavic Languages & Literatures,
University of Chicago

Stanislav Markus - Political Science, University of Chicago

Marina Mogilner - History, University of Illinois-Chicago

Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern - History, Northwestern University

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Fri., Oct. 10, 2014

Eid Banquet and Cultural Celebration

Commemorating the ending of the Hajj (pilgrimage) and grounded in the roots of Abrahamic sacrifice, Eid-al-Adha is a true feast and celebration. Join the Muslim Students Association as we commemorate this holiday just a week after its occurrence on Friday, October 10th at 6pm at Assembly Hall at International House.

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Tue., Oct. 14, 2014

Global Voices Author Night with Emily Parker

In Now I Know Who My Comrades Are, Emily Parker, a State Department policymaker with years of on-the-ground experience, tells the stories of dissidents from China, Cuba, and Russia.  In all three countries, growing communities expose injustices, threatening governments that use fear as a tool of repression. These regimes now have a choice: become more open and accountable or fall victim to turmoil and instability. Now I Know Who My Comrades Are is a testament to the power of community in uncertain times.

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Wed., Oct. 15, 2014

Global Voices Author Night with Crystal Chan

Crystal Chan grew up as a mixed-race kid in the middle of the Wisconsin cornfields and has been trying to find her place in the world ever since. Over time, she found that her heart lies in public speaking, performing, and ultimately, writing. She has published articles in several magazines; given talks and workshops across the country; facilitated discussion groups at national conferences; and been a professional storyteller for children and adults alike.

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Sat., Oct. 18, 2014

Iranians and Other Middle Eastern Immigrants: Their Contributions to American Society

The 2014 conference, "Iranians and Other Middle Eastern Immigrants: Their Contributions to American Society" co-sponsored by DANESH Institute and the University of Chicago Center for Middle Eastern Studies, will focus on a variety of topics related to the recent history of immigration from Iran and other Middle Eastern countries to the United States, psychosocial and economic adjustment of such immigrants, cultural and social implications, immigrants’ contributions, their success stories, and other related topics.

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Sun., Oct. 19, 2014

Typhoon Haiyan, One Year Later: Remembrance and Reconstruction

A multi-media commemoration of the one-year anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan, a tribute to the resilience of Filipinos and the generosity of friends. The commemoration will feature a panel on rehabilitation as well as original artwork and music.

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Mon., Oct. 20, 2014

Global Voices Author Night with Clarence Page

Pulitzer Prize-winner Clarence Page showcases his new column collection, CULTURE WORRIER: Selected Columns 1984 – 2014: Reflections on Race, Politics and Social Change, published to coincide with the 30th anniversary of his first Chicago Tribune column. Page is held in high esteem not only for his wealth of knowledge and insight, but also for his incisive criticisms regarding society’s most pressing political and social issues. Join us as Mr. Page discusses his craft and perspective as one of the nation’s preeminent African-American writers and commentators on politics, pop culture, race and family.

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Fri., Oct. 24, 2014

SSA Social Justice Lecture with Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith, M.D.

A pioneer and innovator, Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith is among the nation's preeminent leaders in defining, researching, and treating violence. As a physician working in inner-city Boston, she broke new ground with her efforts to have youth violence defined as a public health crisis rather than as a criminal justic issue. 

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Mon., Oct. 27, 2014

Moving Dialogs, Global Exchange: Asia’s Influence

Rescheduled from Tuesday, October 28, speakers include Eddy Ocampo, co-artistic director of LevelDANCE and 2005 inductee to the Filipino Hall of Fame by the Filipino Association of America, joined by HT Chen, acclaimed New York based choreographer who has explored cultural intersectios for more than 30 years, along with other international artists and local scholars to be announced. Wang Yuanyuan, Artistic Director of the Beijing Dance Theater and Choreographer of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games will also be speaking. Moderator Phil Reynolds, an expert on Asian dance and Director of The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, will ignite a thought-provoking conversation about Asian culture through the lens of Asian dance styles and forms.

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Tue., Oct. 28, 2014

Diplomatic Encounters Speaker Series with His Excellency Abdulla Bin Mohamed Al-Khalifa

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the International House Global Voices Program present a Diplomatic Encounters Series with His Excellency Abdulla Bin Mohamed Al-Khalifa, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the United States. Joining the Ambassador are Mubarak Abdulla Buti, Cultural and Educational Counselor at the Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and Salman AlJalahma, Media Attache at the Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the United States. The talk will be moderated by Professor Hakan Karateke, Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

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Thu., Oct. 30, 2014

Graham Fuller: ISIS and the Challenge to Leadership in the Middle East

Join us as Graham E. Fuller and Robert A. Pape discuss ISIS, the latest threat to stability in the Middle East, and the absence of leadership in a region that has been embroiled in war, revolution, and racial persecution. Fuller is currently Adjunct Professor of History at Simon Fraser University after an esteemed career with the CIA, the National Intelligence Council, and the RAND Corporation. He is an expert on political Islam and the geopolitics of the Muslim world. Fuller is joined by Robert A. Pape, a Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago specializing in international security affairs.

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Sat., Nov. 01, 2014

Chicago Public Schools State Seal of Biliteracy Kick-Off Event

Come join us as we celebrate the planned adoption of the State Seal of Biliteracy by Chicago Public Schools! This adoption will help us support our vision of equipping all students with the linguistic and cultural competencies they need to be successful global citizens.

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Tue., Nov. 04, 2014

WHPK Pictures & Sounds Concert

WHPK and Global Voices are proud to host another installment of WHPK’s long-running perennial concert series Pictures and Sounds in the Assembly Hall of International House.  Pictures and Sounds features cream-of-the-crop experimental sound artists performing live accompaniments to video work of their choosing. The concert this year will surely prove to be one our best yet, with Rashad Backer from Berlin, Eli Keszler from New York City, and Josh Abrams’ Natural Information Society from Chicago performing live accompanied by interactive electronic video work from St. Louis artists Kevin Harris and Jeremy Kannapell. Past performances have featured internationally renowned artists such as Jason Lescalleet, John Wiese, and Bill Orcutt.

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Fri., Nov. 07, 2014

7th Chicago International Education Conference: Problem-Solving: Classroom, Community, and the World

Through presentations and discussions, the International Education Conference links curriculua that addresses global issues (e.g., world conflicts, human rights, climate change) and problem-solving strategies applicable to everyday dilemmas that students confront.

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Sun., Nov. 09, 2014

38th Season Chicago Ensemble Concert Series

The Chicago Ensemble opens its 38th season at International House with a program for strings and piano with two of the greatest works for chamber ensemble- Mozart's Piano Quartet in G Minor and Brahms' Piano Quartet in G Minor, as well as Wendy Lee's winning composition "My Cagey Companions" for Piano Quartet.

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Wed., Nov. 12, 2014

Global Voices Author Night with Robert Howse

Robert Howse is the Lloyd C. Nelson Professor of International Law at New York University Law School, where he serves on the advisory board of the Center for Law and Philosophy. In his new book, Leo Strauss: Man of Peace, Howse provides new readings of Strauss's confrontation with fascist/Nazi jurist Carl Schmitt, his debate with Alexandre Kojève about philosophy and tyranny, and his works on Machiavelli and Thucydides and examines Strauss's lectures on Kant's Perpetual Peace and Grotius's Rights of War and Peace. Moving beyond gossip and innuendo about Strauss's followers and the Bush administration,Howse provides an analysis of Strauss's writings on political violence and in stark contrast to popular perception, Strauss emerges as a man of peace, favorably disposed to international law and skeptical of imperialism – a critic of radical ideologies (right and left) who warns of the dangers to free thought and civil society when philosophers and intellectuals ally themselves with movements that advocate violence. 

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Thu., Nov. 13, 2014

Right to Education Tour Roundtable

The Right to Education Campaign at Birzeit University is sponsoring the first-ever US Right to Education Tour in November 2014. Ten students from the R2E campaign will spend two weeks touring college campuses in five different regions of the US.

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Fri., Nov. 14, 2014

Singapore 50 Years and Beyond: A Lecture with Jeffrey Winters

SAMSU and the International House Global Voices Program are organizing three forums over 2014-15 to highlight and discuss some of the contemporary challenges facing Singapore as it celebrates its 50th anniversary of independence in 2015. The first will feature Professor Jeffrey Winters (Political Science, Northwestern) as he lectures on "Oligarchy, Democracy, and Law in Singapore: The Politics of Wealth Power and Wealth Defense.”

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Sat., Nov. 15, 2014

Intergenerational Model UN

The InterGenerational Model United Nations (InterGenMUN) event, co-presented with the International House Global Voices program, is an opportunity for participants of all ages and walks of life to step into the shoes of UN Ambassadors and debate a range of issues on the UN agenda. This half-day program hosted by the United Nations Association-USA Greater Chicago Chapter, is designed as a teaching and learning conference and is intended for both novices and delegates with prior Model UN experience. Delegates will be joined by notable local and national leaders in civic affairs, international relations, and social issues. The InterGenMUN experience is meant to cultivate international understanding, life skills, and the attitudes necessary for responsible and active global citizenship. 

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Tue., Nov. 18, 2014

Science and Cinema: Argonne Lecture with Marius Stan

Dr. Marius Stan is a Senior Computational Energy Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory who also played Bogdan Wolynetz, the car wash owner and one-time boss of protagonist Walter White on the Emmy Award-winning TV series Breaking Bad. How did a scientist who had never acted before become a recurring character on one of the most critically acclaimed TV shows in American history? What unexpected parallels does he see between the scientific process and the filming process? Dr. Stan will answer these questions and more at this must-see event.

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Thu., Nov. 20, 2014

Ta-Nehisi Coates: The Case for Reparations

Ta-Nehisi Coates reignited a national conversation over reparations for African Americans with his 16,000-word cover story for the June issue of The Atlantic. The Case for Reparations argues that long after slavery ended, decades of racist policies and deliberate injustices – from Jim Crow to redlining – have continued to systematically wrong generations of African Americans, and “until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.” Join us as Ta-Nehisi Coates makes the case for reparations and why Chicago is central to his argument.

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Fri., Nov. 21, 2014

Voices in Your Head Fall Concert

Voices in Your Head is a co-ed, student-run a cappella group consisting of both undergraduate and graduate students whose studies range from Economics to Sociology to MD/PhD programs. The group’s self-arranged repertoire spans a unique mix of genres including pop, rock, and alternative music as well as original compositions. Founded in 1998, Voices has been nominated for and received numerous Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards for tracks such as “We Found Love” and “Bad Moon Rising”, which can be found on their latest EP, “The Singles: In My Mind”. The five tracks on the EP have also been selected and featured on all three major a cappella compilations: Voices Only, Sing, and Best of Collegiate A Cappella. Voices in Your Head competes annually in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCAs), releases recorded material regularly, and travels nationally to perform at a cappella festivals and tours.

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Mon., Dec. 08, 2014

Modi-Obama summit: A paradigm shift in India-US relations

India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi—once blocked from getting a U.S. visa—visited Washington to meet President Barack Obama in late September. This panel session examined India-US relations following this important meeting of the leaders of the world's two largest democracies.

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Tue., Jan. 13, 2015

Global Voices Author Lecture with Chad Broughton

Chad Broughton, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy Studies and Faculty Director of the Chicago Studies Program at the University of Chicago, follows the story of the displacement of a Maytag refrigerator plant from Galesburg, Illinois, to Reynosa, Mexico in his new book “Boom, Bust, Exodus.”

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Wed., Jan. 21, 2015

Iranian Intellectuals and the Islamic Revolution: Then and Now with Ali Banuazizi

The 2015 Talat and Isabelle Othman Lecture will feature Ali Banuazizi, Professor of Political Science at Boston College and Director of the Program in Islamic Civilization & Societies. He has held visiting appointments at the University of Tehran, Princeton, Harvard, and Oxford University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and M.I.T.  He served as the founding editor of the journal Iranian Studies, from 1968 to 1982, and is a past President of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) and the International Society for Iranian Studies (ISIS), and is currently Associate Editor of the Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World.

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Wed., Jan. 21, 2015

Bossa Nova: Six Strings and Six Languages

Bossa nova, a jazz-influenced, quiet version of Brazilian samba, has won the world over since 1960s. I-House resident Doyoung Lim, one of the few professional Brazilian guitarists in Korea, explores the international renditions of this popular music, performing bossa nova songs from Korea, United States, France, Italy, Argentina, and of course, Brazil.

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Sun., Jan. 25, 2015

The Economics of Wine

Back by popular demand after last year's sold-out event, we are fortunate to once again host divinity school alumnus Bill St. John, AM'77, AM'80, PhD'83, wine taster extraordinaire and wine writer for the Chicago Tribune.  He is joined by economist Ira Goldberg, MBA'91, for this educational wine tasting!  Join these two experts as they discuss the economic factors behind wine preferences.

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Tue., Jan. 27, 2015

Global Voices Author Night with Eric Posner & Geoffrey Stone

Join Eric A. Posner and Geoffrey R. Stone as they discuss Posner's new book, The Twilight of Human Rights Law.  Posner argues that the failure of enforcing human rights is due to the reality of governance. To ensure effectiveness, an understanding of development economics should be made the foundation of a new empirical system, where compliance can be judged on concrete metrics like poverty reduction rather than on ambiguous checklists of specific rights.

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Sat., Jan. 31, 2015

Chicago South Asian A Cappella Showcase

Join us as we welcome South Asian a cappella student groups from around the Chicago area, who will use a blend of Western and South Asian songs to bridge the gap between these cultures.

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Mon., Feb. 02, 2015

Global Voices Author Night with Rainer Hermann - Where is Turkey Headed?

Rainer Hermann, an international expert on the Middle East and long time correspondent for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, will present his analysis of the current affairs in Turkey with prospects for change and the challenges before the West. He has recently published a new book, Where is Turkey Headed?, a comprehensive examination of the changes that the last decades of Turkish politics have witnessed.

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Wed., Feb. 04, 2015

The Challenge of Inequality in Mexico

Despite a decade of economic growth and poverty reduction efforts, inequality still afflicts the largest economy in Latin America. A panel of scholars from Mexico and the U.S. will reflect on the problems and challenges that inequality poses for the future of Mexico.

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Sun., Feb. 08, 2015

Balkan Music and Dance

John Kuo, the director of the Chicago-based ensemble Balkanske Igre, and Galia Kuo, Bulgarian folk dancer, will give a lecture-demonstration on dance rhythms of the Balkans.

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Wed., Feb. 11, 2015

The New News

Today’s news is often provided via high-velocity headlines on easy to use online platforms. But how do these modern news media players impact journalism as a whole? Join the IOP as Rocco Castoro, Editor in Chief of VICE; Max Read, Editor in Chief of Gawker; and Ben Smith, Editor in Chief of BuzzFeed discuss media in the 21st Century. These pioneers of modern journalism will reflect on the nature of their work, how they view their roles as disrupters, and what’s next for journalism.

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Thu., Feb. 12, 2015

Global Voices Author Night with Robert Kagan: The Future of American Foreign Policy

Dr. Robert Kagan, Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Program at the Brooking Institution and foreign policy advisor for Hillary Clinton, will speak on the state of American foreign policy and national security, as well as the numerous challenges facing President Obama and his successor. 

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Mon., Feb. 16, 2015

Believer: My Forty Years in Politics with David Axelrod

Join the Institute of Politics as David Axelrod reflects on his four decades in the political arena. In offering a glimpse behind the closed doors of politics, he will discuss the turmoil and progress of his impressive career, and also speak about the importance of young people getting involved in politics.

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Fri., Feb. 20, 2015

Korean Lunar New Year

Join us for a Korean Lunar New Year celebration, featuring a round-table discussion on academic life with the Korean faculty members of the university and a dinner with authentic Korean cuisine.

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Sat., Feb. 21, 2015

Black History Month Jazz Concert with Ari Brown

You won't want to miss the 6th annual Black History Month celebration of jazz, sponsored by International House 59th Street Jazz and the WHPK Jazz Format.This year's concert features the Chicago-based Ari Brown Quintet, led by jazz tenor saxophonist and pianist Ari Brown.

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Thu., Feb. 26, 2015

Urban Subcultures, Pop Music, and Youth Movements in Latin America - Panel Discussion

Urban rock music is a genre that has long been associated with rebellion, anarchist politics, and marginalized urban youth. While London, Los Angeles, and New York are all cities that may come to mind as centers of punk countercultures, this genre also traveled south to cities like Medellin, Lima, and Santiago. Shane Greene (Indiana University), Hyejin Nah (NYU), Joshua Tucker (Brown), and Karl Swinehart will discuss the various musical styles to arise from punk's diffusion in Latin America.

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Thu., Feb. 26, 2015

Urban Subcultures, Pop Music and Youth Movements in Latin America - “Rodrigo D: No Future”

The first-ever Colombian film to be entered at Cannes, director Victor Manuel Gaviria utilizes his skills as a remarkable storyteller while employing local actors—six of whom were killed after the movie was completed— who were themselves inextricably tied up in the film’s fraught subject matter.  Although endowed with no appreciable musical talent, Rodrigo D is driven by a sense of alienation, disaffection, and anger to join a Colombian punk band. The film follows his rise through the ranks of a punker: first as a foot soldier for a motorcycle gang that terrorizes local villages and ultimately as a "big man," propelled throughout by crude violence and brutality.

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Fri., Feb. 27, 2015

Ani Cordero in Concert: Latin American Songs of Love and Protest

One of the founding members of Pistolera, Ani Cordero pays tribute to the voices of dissent through her new solo album Recordar, a critically acclaimed collection of her takes on some of Latin America's classic protest anthems.

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Sun., Mar. 01, 2015

Ghosts of Amistad Film Screening and Q&A with Marcus Rediker

This documentary by Tony Buba is based on Marcus Rediker’s book The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom. It chronicles a trip to Sierra Leone in 2013 to visit the home villages of the people who seized the slave schooner Amistad in 1839, to interview elders about local memory of the case, and to search for the long-lost ruins of Lomboko, the slave trading factory where their cruel transatlantic voyage began. The film uses the knowledge of villagers, fishermen, and truck drivers to recover a lost history from below in the struggle against slavery.

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Sat., Mar. 07, 2015

POSTPONED: The Science and Music of Old and New Violins

This event is no longer scheduled for March 7th, 2015.

A MacArthur Fellow and one of the world’s best violinmakers, Joseph Curtin will discuss the scientific differences in sound between famous classical violins (such as Stradivari and Guarneri) and contemporary ones.  A demonstration and concert by the Black Oak Ensemble will follow the lecture. 

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Sun., Mar. 08, 2015

38th Season Chicago Ensemble Winter Concert

For more than 30 years, The Chicago Ensemble has brought a fascinating array of chamber works to Chicago audiences. Offering an innovative mix of familiar masterworks and lesser-known repertoire, performed in varied combinations of instruments and voice, The Chicago Ensemble occupies a unique place in Chicago's cultural life. Due to severe weather on the original date, this concert has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 8, 2015.

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Tue., Mar. 10, 2015

Climate Change: Fact, Fiction and What You Can Do

Climate change – or as Doug Sisterson, Research Meteorologist at Argonne National Laboratory, prefers to call it, climate disruption – is probably the greatest challenge we face in modern society, yet many of us don’t fully understand the causes or the consequences. Sisterson will address the mixed messages we receive in media and elsewhere and will explore in detail the striking scientific data that points to trouble ahead. He will also talk about what we can do right now to help ensure a better outlook for our children, grandchildren, and beyond.

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Fri., Mar. 13, 2015

The Other Side of Immigration with Roy Germano

The Other Side of Immigration asks why so many Mexicans have migrated the United States and what’s happened to the families and communities they’ve left behind. Based on a National Science Foundation-funded survey of 700 Mexican households, this award-winning documentary challenges audiences to think about the many political, economic, and social causes and effects of mass migration from the Mexican countryside. Dr. Roy Germano, the filmmaker and University of Chicago alumnus (A.M. ’03), will be in attendance to answer questions after the screening.

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Sat., Mar. 21, 2015

Global Girls 4th Annual Showcase: Women and Girls Inspiring Change

Join us as we honor individuals and organizations empowering women and girls locally and globally! Highlights include a variety of performances including capoeira, ballet, and the Global Girls Everyday People Theatre Company.

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Sun., Mar. 22, 2015

38th Season Chicago Ensemble Concert

For more than 30 years, The Chicago Ensemble has brought a fascinating array of chamber works to Chicago audiences. Offering an innovative mix of familiar masterworks and lesser-known repertoire, performed in varied combinations of instruments and voice, The Chicago Ensemble occupies a unique place in Chicago's cultural life.

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Thu., Mar. 26, 2015

50th Annual Eastern European Folk Festival

One of the largest festivals in the U.S. showcasing the folk music, dance, and culture of the Balkans and Eastern Europe, the Eastern European Folk Festival attracts enthusiasts from all over the country. Join us for a weekend of dancing, music, and food!

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Mon., Mar. 30, 2015

2015 Tetsuo Najita Distinguished Lecture in Japanese Studies with Ryuichi Narita

Ryuichi Narita, Professor of History at Japan Women's University will give a talk entitled "The Various Routes of Post-WWII Japanese Intellectuals: Their Perspectives on the War and World."

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Mon., Apr. 06, 2015

Russia’s Real Stake in Ukraine with David Satter

David Satter is one of the world’s leading commentators on Russian affairs. He is a former Moscow correspondent and the  author of three books on Russia and the former Soviet Union as well as the director of an award-winning documentary film about the fall of the Soviet Union.

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Wed., Apr. 08, 2015

Diplomatic Encounter with the Consul General of Israel

The Diplomatic Encounters series connects the University of Chicago community with representatives from Chicago’s various diplomatic missions to engage them in open dialogue, and come to a better understanding of the issues, challenges, and opportunities various Middle Eastern countries face. This session will feature, Roey Gilad, Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest, who has served in various positions outside Israel including the UK, Jordan and Kenya, and was head of the Export Control Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Israel.

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Tue., Apr. 14, 2015

Scotland’s Journey To and Beyond the Referendum on Independence

This event will be led by the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament (the Speaker), Rt. Hon. Tricia Marwick MSP. This is part of an annual visit by the Scottish Parliament as part of Scotland Week.

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Wed., Apr. 15, 2015

International Conference Commemorating the Centennial of the 1915 Canakkale/Gallipoli Campaign

In commemoration of the centennial of the Gallipoli Wars, this event will feature the Turkish Consul General with Australian and New Zealand delegates.

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Thu., Apr. 16, 2015

Sacred Growth: Economics and the Environment with Marie-Monique Robin

Marie-Monique Robin is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. She received the 1995 Albert-Londres Prize, awarded to investigative journalists in France. She will discuss her film "Sacrée Croissance".

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Thu., Apr. 16, 2015

Global Voices Author Lecture with Chigozie Obioma

In a Nigerian town in the mid 1990s, four brothers encounter a madman whose mystic prophecy of violence threatens the core of their close-knit family. With Chigozie Obioma's bold debut, "The Fishermen," he emerges as one of the most original new voices of modern African literature, echoing its older generation's masterful storytelling with a contemporary fearlessness and purpose. He will be in conversation with Brady Smith (PhD '15).

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Sat., Apr. 18, 2015

The African & Caribbean Student’s Association Presents: Diaspora

Join the African and Caribbean Students Association in celebrating their 10th anniversary with “DIASPORA.” Through music, dance, fashion, comedy, and food, they will explore African and Caribbean inspired content from the diaspora.

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Sun., Apr. 19, 2015

A Murder in Tudor England: Solving a 500-Year-Old Mystery

This mysterious murder took place before the death of Henry VII in 1509. It involved government corruption, national security actions, illegal searches, and spying on citizens (sound familiar?). The murder will be solved with your help! Mark R. Horowitz, PhD’08, a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, will also illustrate intriguing parallels between Tudor society and 21st-century America.

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Mon., Apr. 20, 2015

The New Economic, Social Communitarian, and Productive Model in Bolivia

High natural gas and mineral prices propelled Bolivia’s 5% GDP average growth from 2006-2013. At the helm of Bolivia’s success is its wildly popular president, Evo Morales, who has recently won his third term with more than 60% of the vote, and the Minister of Economy and Public Finance, Luis Alberto Arce Catacora, a central figure in planning the country’s growing economy.

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Thu., Apr. 23, 2015

Empire of Chaos: Climate Change and the Political Ecology of American Power

In his 2011 book Tropic of Chaos, Christian Parenti explored the incipient era of climate wars, in which extreme weather is breeding banditry, humanitarian crisis, and state failure. In this talk, Christian Parenti returns to the themes of Tropic of Chaos in order to critically examine how climate wars have shaped and been shaped by global projections of American power.

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Fri., Apr. 24, 2015

Steve and Iqua Colson: 40 Years in the Moment

Experience a jazz concert with the Adegoke Steve Colson Quintet featuring Adegoke Steve Colson on piano, Rasul Siddik trumpet, Darius Savage bass, Ernest Dawkins reeds, Dushun Mosley drums as part of the 50th Anniversary of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians.

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Fri., Apr. 24, 2015

The Society for Social Research Spring Institute

This Institute convenes an interdisciplinary group of scholars to discuss matters of pressing importance to Sociology in particular and the social sciences more generally.

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Thu., Apr. 30, 2015

The Family in the Changing Economy

Archbishop Blase J. Cupich of Chicago will give the introductory remarks at this symposium, the Seventh Annual Conference on Economics and Catholic Social Thought. A panel of scholars from around the country will respond to his remarks.

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Thu., Apr. 30, 2015

Richard Flanagan on The Narrow Road to the Deep North

In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma death railway, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever. Richard Flanagan, winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize, will read from and discuss his acclaimed novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North.

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Fri., May. 01, 2015

Latin American Policy Forum

The 3rd Latin American Policy Forum is organized by Latin American Matters (LAM), a student organization at the Harris School of Public Policy, which aims to improve the position of the University of Chicago in Latin America, and to bring the policy debate from Latin American to our university community. This year's topic: 21st Century Challenges for Development in Latin America.

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Sat., May. 02, 2015

The Chicago Society presents: Technology and Society

"Technology and Society" is a daylong conference with over a dozen speakers, hailing from Merrill Lynch, Harvard, Civis, Imperial College London, and more, talking about a wide range of topics like artificial intelligence, big data, medical robots, and more.

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Sun., May. 03, 2015

38th Season Chicago Ensemble Concert

For more than 30 years, The Chicago Ensemble has brought a fascinating array of chamber works to Chicago audiences. The May 3rd program of the 38th season will feature composers Claudio Monteverdi, Henry Purcell, J. S. Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, Felix Mendelssohn, Johannes Brahms, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Dmitri Shostakovich, and Ernest Bloch in a program for soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, violin and piano.

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Wed., May. 06, 2015

Alash Ensemble Concert

Alash are masters of Tuvan throat singing, a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. Masters of traditional Tuvan instruments as well as the art of throat singing, Alash are deeply committed to traditional Tuvan music and culture.

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Thu., May. 07, 2015

Global Voices Author Lecture with Chris Woods

Chris Woods is an investigative journalist who specializes in conflict and national security issues. A former senior BBC Panorama producer, he has authored several investigations into covert U.S. drone strikes and their true effects.

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Thu., May. 14, 2015

Global Communities at UChicago Celebrates Korea

Global Communities at UChicago focuses on enhancing the experiences of global student communities on campus. The program features a student panel, plus a multi-perspective panel featuring panelists from UChicago and beyond discussing what Korea means to them, what opportunities are on campus, in Chicago, and relocating to Korea, and how best to build out and strengthen these networks.

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Sun., May. 17, 2015

Festival of Nations

The Festival of Nations is a true “international day” with dancing, singing, and sharing of food. It is a traditional event that dates back to the early years of the International House. Our fellow International Houses around the world also host annual Festivals. During the Festival, tables will be set up representing different countries. While people serve food at booths, there will be dancing, singing, and other cultural performances to watch!

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Wed., May. 20, 2015

The Honorable Mitt Romney

Rescheduled from April 9th, join the IOP as Governor Mitt Romney reflects on his storied career as a business executive, public servant, and presidential nominee, and shares insights on how best to forge our nation’s future.

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Thu., May. 21, 2015

The Great War of Our Time: The CIA’s Fight Against Terrorism from al Qa’ida to ISIS

On May 21, Michael Morell, former Acting & Deputy Director of the CIA, will come to the International House’s Assembly Hall to speak on his new book The Great War of Our Time: The CIA’s Fight Against Terrorism From al Qa’ida to ISIS. This event will feature insight into the country’s most important national security decisions of the past 15 years from one of the country’s leading national security professionals. 

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Wed., May. 27, 2015

Annual Swami Vivekananda Lecture with Dipesh Chakrabarty

As part of events surrounding the Vivekananda Visiting Professorship, established by the Indian Ministry of Culture to commemorate the legacy of Swami Vivekananda and to enrich scholarly life at the University of Chicago, Professor Dipesh Chakrabarty, Department of History at UChicago, will offer a talk entitled “Vivekananda’s Irish Disciple: Sister Nivedita.” This lecture will focus on the Indian life of Sister Nivedita (Margaret Elizabeth Noble, b. 1867) who arrived in India in 1898 as a disciple of Swami Vivekananda and died there in 1911. Her experience of India provides fascinating material for a cross-cultural history of the land and the people she encountered.

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Fri., May. 29, 2015

Tsukasa Taiko

Join us as we celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage month at International House with Tsukasa Taiko. Tsukasa Taiko is dedicated to understanding and strengthening Japanese American, Asian American, and Japanese identity.

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Thu., Jun. 04, 2015

Robert H. Kirschner, MD, Human Rights Memorial Lecture

This annual lecture series honors the life and work of Robert H. Kirschner, M.D., noted forensic pathologist and a founder of the University of Chicago Human Rights Program. This year, internationally recognized and award-winning Magnum photographer Susan Meiselas will draw upon her decades of experience documenting human rights issues across the globe.

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Fri., Jun. 05, 2015

Argonne OutLoud presents “Bacteria and You: A Love Story” with Dr. Jack Gilbert

Dr. Jack Gilbert, Environmental Microbiologist at Argonne National Laboratory and Associate Professor in the University of Chicago’s Department of Ecology and Evolution, will discuss the microbial life on the human body that outnumber our cells 10 to 1.

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Sat., Jun. 06, 2015

International House Around the World Wine Tasting

Back by popular demand, Chicago Tribune wine critic Bill St. John, AM’77, AM’80, PhD’83, will help us learn about wines from select regions across the globe.

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Sat., Jun. 06, 2015

Chicago Jazz Orchestra Concert

The world-class Chicago Jazz Orchestra will take over International House for a spirited evening filled with rich, lively music. Audiences will have the opportunity to hear a unique tribute to Ray Charles and originally transcribed musical arrangements that cannot be heard anywhere else.

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Sun., Jun. 07, 2015

38th Season Chicago Ensemble Concert

For more than 30 years, The Chicago Ensemble has brought a fascinating array of chamber works to Chicago audiences. The fifth and final program of The Chicago Ensemble’s 38th season holds music for soprano, flute, violin and piano by Bach, Debussy, Poulenc, Ibert, Villa-Lobos and a winner in the Ensemble’s “Discover America” competition, Marc Zuckerman.

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Sun., Jun. 21, 2015

Make Music Chicago

Make Music Chicago returns to International House for its fifth year! Join us at International House to enjoy an afternoon of free performances. Musicians, amateur and professional alike, join in celebrating Hyde Park’s own iteration of this fantastic global event.

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