2021-2022 Global Voices Performing Arts & Lecture Series

In light of communication from the University about COVID-19, International House is providing virtual, in-person, and hybrid programming for our community for Autumn Quarter. In-person programs are subject to restrictions; please read each event description carefully. Convenings are open to all invitees who are compliant with UChicago vaccination requirements and, because of ongoing health risks, particularly to the unvaccinated, participants are expected to adopt the risk mitigation measures (masking and social distancing, etc.) appropriate to their vaccination status as advised by public health officials or to their individual vulnerabilities as advised by a medical professional. Public convening may not be safe for all and carries a risk for contracting COVID-19, particularly for those unvaccinated. Participants will not know the vaccination status of others and should follow appropriate risk mitigation measures. We are complying with all University guidelines on the Go Forward website and, at this time, masks are required to be worn by unvaccinated and vaccinated attendees inside International House.


About the Global Voices Performing Arts & Lecture Series

The Global Voices Lecture Series hosts prominent speakers, round-table discussion groups, and special interest conferences and seminars. As a part of this program, leading figures from the world stage come to share their thoughts and exchange ideas with students and members of Chicago’s civic community on major issues facing the country and the world. The Global Voices Performing Arts Series provides a showcase for all performing arts at the University of Chicago's International House. The Global Voices Performing Arts Series has established a vibrant exchange with a wide range of Chicago-area cultural institutions, arts organizations, dance companies, ethnic and folk arts groups, and music and theater groups.

To view descriptions for past events, please visit our past program archives. If you are interested in having the Global Voices Program co-sponsor one of your events, please check out our rooms available for reservation and the Co-Sponsorship Application and Terms.

2021-2022 Global Voices Performing Arts & Lecture Series

Sun., Aug. 15, 2021

Cultural Sunday: Drawing the Line, Connecting the Circle - Partition in South Asian Art

Join International House as we partner with Kalapriya Center for Indian Performing Arts for the Cultural Sundays Series. The Radcliffe Line is the boundary between the Indian and Pakistani portions of the provinces of Punjab and Bengal, named after its architect: Sir Cyril Radcliffe. Announced on the 17th of August 1947 – days after India and Pakistan acquired independence from British Rule – Radcliffe’s Line generated violent upheavals as millions migrated in haste across the new borders. Based on works in the new South Asian Galleries at the Peabody Essex Museum, this session traces the impact of the Line in Modern art on both sides of the border. We discuss how seemingly abstract motifs – zig zagging diagonals, split circles and bifurcated triangles – serve as visual metaphors for the painful parting of ways on the one hand, and for the birth of fledgling nations on the other.

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Wed., Sep. 15, 2021

[Virtual] Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz - “Not ‘A Nation of Immigrants’”

In partnership with Seminary Co-op Bookstores, join the International House Global Voices Lecture Series for a conversation with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz on her newest work, Not 'A Nation of Immigrants': Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy, and a History of Erasure and Exclusion. She will be joined in discussion by Harsha Walia.

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Sun., Sep. 19, 2021

[Virtual] Cultural Sunday: Poetry and Music of Faith - The Sufi Gospel Project

Join International House, in partnership with Kalapriya Center for Indian Performing Arts, as the Cultural Sundays series continues with multiple award-winning singer and composer, Sonam Kalra, who will recite and sing Sufi poetry and provide translations, explanations, and context for her works.

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Sat., Sep. 25, 2021

Hyde Park Jazz Festival

International House is proud to once again support the annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival for its 15th year. Each year, this jazz celebration features the finest artists in local, national, and international jazz. This year, there will be performances streamed from The Reva & David Logan Center for the Arts on Saturday afternoon in addition to pop-up concerts throughout the neighborhood on both Saturday and Sunday. 

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Tue., Sep. 28, 2021

[Virtual] Steven Nadler and Lawrence Shapiro - “When Bad Thinking Happens to Good People”

In partnership with Seminary Co-op Bookstores, join the International House Global Voices Lecture Series for a conversation with Steven Nadler and Lawrence Shapiro on their newest work, When Bad Thinking Happens to Good People: How Philosophy Can Save Us from Ourselves. They will be joined in discussion by Sandy Goldberg.

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Thu., Oct. 07, 2021

Women in Boots

In partnership with the Office for Military-Affiliated Communities, join the International House Global Voices Lecture Series as incoming Chicago Booth student Lieutenant Commander (U.S. Coast Guard) Katie Pelkey moderates a conversation on leadership with authors Lieutenant Commander (Naval Reserves) Caroline Johnson and Vice Admiral (U.S. Coast Guard) Sandra Stosz. From fighter jets and arctic icebreakers to authorship and televised talk shows, the experiences of these incredible women provide the tools to help leaders reach their goals and succeed.

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Thu., Oct. 07, 2021

[Virtual] Reece Jones - “White Borders”

In partnership with Seminary Co-op Bookstores, join the International House Global Voices Lecture Series for a conversation with Reece Jones on his book, White Borders: The History of Race and Immigration in the United States from Chinese Exclusion to the Border Wall. They will be joined in discussion by John Washington.

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Wed., Oct. 13, 2021

Unpacking Gun Violence in Chicago

In partnership with the Institute of Politics, please join us for a discussion with U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Chicago), a leading advocate for gun control legislation in Congress, and Roseanna Ander, Executive Director of the UChicago Crime Lab, as they unpack the topic of raging gun violence bedeviling Chicago. The Chicago Tribune’s Annie Sweeney will moderate the conversation.

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Wed., Oct. 13, 2021

[Virtual] Morris Pearl and Erica Payne - “Tax the Rich!”

In partnership with Seminary Co-op Bookstores, join the International House Global Voices Lecture Series for a conversation with Morris Pearl and Erica Payne on their newest work, Tax the Rich! How Lies, Loopholes, and Lobbyists Make the Rich Even Richer

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Thu., Oct. 14, 2021

A Conversation with Plena Libre

Join International House as we partner with the Center for Latin American Studies and the Department of Music to welcome members of Plena Libre in conversation with Jessica Swanston Baker. Their conversation will center around plena as an Afro-Caribbean musical form, an important entry point into understanding the history and cultures of the Caribbean.

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Wed., Oct. 27, 2021

Sands: Creation Through Erosion with Soma Roy

Join the International House Global Voices Lecture Series in partnership with International Women Associates for a discussion with Founder of The Nourishment Projects, Soma Roy. Though it molds the quick sands of global politics with durable change, this commodity has had a rocky start. As the building block for concrete, glass, and electronics, sand is the second most consumed good in the world by volume after water. Yet the narrative is much more than the shape shifting supply chain story about the commodification of prosaic matter. 

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Wed., Nov. 03, 2021

[Virtual] Margaret D. Jacobs - “After One Hundred Winters”

In partnership with Seminary Co-op Bookstores, join the International House Global Voices Lecture Series for a conversation with Margaret D. Jacobs on her book, After One Hundred Winters: In Search of Reconciliation on America's Stolen Lands. She will be joined in discussion by Rosalyn LaPier.

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Thu., Nov. 04, 2021

Autumn 2021 Veterans Symposium

Join International House as we host the Office for Military-Affiliated Communities (OMAC) for the Autumn 2021 Veterans Symposium. This program will discuss research findings from the 2020 symposium. It will also include social and professional networking opportunities. 

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Fri., Nov. 05, 2021

Welcome Picnic 2021

Join International House as we host the Office for Military-Affiliated Communities, Children of US Veterans, and the University of Chicago Veterans and Family Readiness Program in welcoming new military-affiliated students, staff, faculty, and their families to the University of Chicago. 

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Thu., Nov. 11, 2021

Veterans Day Recognition 2021

Join International House as we partner with the Office for Military-Affiliated Communities (OMAC) to host our annual Veterans Day Recognition event. The program will feature remarks by President Paul Alivisatos, Provost Ka Yee C. Lee, and student veterans. We are honored to host the Honorable Timothy Evans, Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County; Juan Salgado, Chancellor of the City Colleges of Chicago; and Rick Ament, Medical Center Director of the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center.

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Thu., Nov. 11, 2021

Concert Stream: Eugenia Jeong

Join International House as we partner with UChicago Presents, the Department of music, UChicago Arts, and Rockefeller Memorial Chapel to bring you this virtual performance. Luminous pianist  Eugenia Jeong presents a masterfully curated virtual concert of solo works by Korean, Israeli, and Syrian composers in the still beauty of Bond Chapel and our very own International House. Exploring music from North and South Korea and the Middle East, this program highlights composers from two greatly conflicted locations in the modern world. Jeong’s deeply personal program urges the listener to consider the varied perspectives of the featured composers.

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Mon., Nov. 15, 2021

Saumya Roy - “Castaway Mountain: Love and Loss Among Wastepickers of Mumbai”

Join the International House Global Voices Lecture Series and Seminary Co-op Bookstores for a conversation with Saumya Roy on her latest work, “Castaway Mountain: Love and Loss Among the Wastepickers of Mumbai.” She will be joined by Dr. Anup Malani, Lee and Brena Freeman Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School.

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