2020-2021 Global Voices Performing Arts & Lecture Series

In light of communication from the University about COVID-19, International House is moving to virtual programming until further notice. See our schedule of virtual events below:

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.

2020-2021 Global Voices Performing Arts & Lecture Series

Sat., Sep. 26, 2020

Hyde Park Jazz Festival 2020

Tune in for the 14th annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival! 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 evening and pop-up concerts throughout the neighborhood on Sunday. 

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Thu., Oct. 22, 2020

Latinx Heritage Month Celebration

Join International House Global Voices Program, the Latinx Heritage Month Committee, and Harris School of Public Policy for a fun night celebrating Latinx heritage.This program will include Chicago's premier Latin Dance Party, ¡Pachanga!. We will also be joined by Keynote-Speaker Barbara Barreno-Paschall and musical guest Madera Once.

Check out a list of more of our events held in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

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Sat., Oct. 24, 2020

The Chicago Ensemble Children’s Program I

International House chamber music ensemble-in-residence The Chicago Ensemble is pleased to kick off its 44th season with three free, virtual, and interactive music education programs for children and families. Members of The Chicago Ensemble will demonstrate their instruments and talk about the music. All three programs will be live streamed and are free to join. Click here for the full list of dates and themes. 

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Sat., Nov. 07, 2020

The Chicago Ensemble Children’s Program II

International House chamber music ensemble-in-residence The Chicago Ensemble is pleased to kick off its 44th season with three free, virtual, and interactive music education programs for children and families. Members of The Chicago Ensemble will demonstrate their instruments and talk about the music. All three programs will be live streamed and are free to join. Click here for the full list of dates and themes. 

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Wed., Nov. 11, 2020

Veterans Day Recognition 2020

In partnership with International House, the University of Chicago Law School, and the Law School Veterans, OMAC will host their annual Veterans Day Recognition virtually. Join us and learn about the work being done at the University of Chicago to support the military-affiliated community. 

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Thu., Nov. 12, 2020

Adrian Wooldridge - “The Wake-Up Call: Why the Pandemic has Exposed the Weakness of the West, and How to Fix It”

Join the International House Global Voices Lecture Series as we partner with the Seminary Co-op Bookstores to host Adrian Wooldridge, The Economist‘s political editor and author of the Bagehot column; an analysis of British life and politics. Wooldridge will discuss his book, "The Wake-Up Call: Why the Pandemic Has Exposed the Weakness of the West, and How to Fix It." 

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Tue., Nov. 17, 2020

Educational Exchange Symposium

As part of International Houses Worldwide, International House of Chicago joins International Student House of Washington, DC to invite you to join a convening of experts at the intersection of higher education, public, non-profit, and private sectors. The panels will explore how international education contributes to the U.S. economy not only through jobs directly related to international exchange, but through the economic spillover effects for cities, states, the tourism and services industry, as well as the talent pool and innovation brought about by international exchange participants. See the list of featured speakers here, or click here to register

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Wed., Nov. 18, 2020

Aaron J. Leonard - “The Folk Singers and the Bureau: The FBI, The Folk Artists, and the Suppression of the Communist Party, USA - 1939-1956”

Join the International House Global Voices Lecture Series as we partner with the Seminary Co-op Boookstores and Repeater Books to host Aaron J. Leonard in conversation with Steven Garabedian. Leonard will discuss his book, The Folk Singers and the Bureau: The FBI, The Folk Artists, and the Suppression of the Communist Party, USA - 1939-1956.

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Sat., Nov. 21, 2020

The Chicago Ensemble Children’s Program III

International House chamber music ensemble-in-residence The Chicago Ensemble is pleased to kick off its 44th season with three free, virtual, and interactive music education programs for children and families. Members of The Chicago Ensemble will demonstrate their instruments and talk about the music. All three programs will be live streamed and are free to join. Click here for the full list of dates and themes. 

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Thu., Dec. 10, 2020

Songs Without Words for Piano

Gerald Rizzer, Artistic Director and Pianist of the International House chamber music ensemble-in-residence The Chicago Ensemble, is hosting a special virtual performance as part of New Music Chicago.

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Wed., Jan. 27, 2021

COVID-19 and Remote Education: Girls’ Rights in Peril

Join the International House Global Voices Lecture Series for a discussion based on the impact of COVID-19 on girls' rights in Africa. The talk will be led by Stanley Ndambakuwa, MAIDP’19, Founder, President, and CEO of the African Community Fund for Education Group (ACFE) and Gillian Brand, AM'20 and centered around an op-ed written by the two speakers.

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Thu., Jan. 28, 2021

Prasenjit Duara Lecture: The Varieties of Secularism: China, Japan, and India in the era of Abrahamic Modernity

Join International House and the Center for East Asian Studies as we host Prasenjit Duara, Oscar L. Tang Family Distinguished Professor of East Asian Studies at Duke University. Secularisms in different societies have been shaped by complex crossings of older, looser collection of ideas and practices of ‘religion’ and the modern Protestantized conception of religion. Professor Duara develops a comparative frame of reference to discuss the nature of religious accommodation historically in China, India and Japan and Europe particularly with the confessional revolutions of the 16-17th centuries. He argues that the confessional revolutions played a significant role in the emergence of the self/other (saved/damned) binary of nationalism.

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Fri., Jan. 29, 2021

UChicago Presents: Mariza Sings Amália

For more than two centuries, the Portuguese folk style of fado has been epitomized by just two singers: Amália Rodrigues and Mariza Nunes. To mark the centenary of the late "Queen of Fado", Mariza shares a streaming concert featuring the songs that defined Amália's career and nearly a century of the genre. 

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Fri., Feb. 12, 2021

61st Annual University of Chicago Folk Festival

Join International House and the University of Chicago Folklore Society for the 61st Annual University of Chicago Folk Festival. The University of Chicago Folk Festival is a two-day celebration of traditional music from the United States and around the world. We aim to keep the living tradition of folk music alive by inviting some of today's best traditional musicians to the U of C campus every February for three days of music, dance, and more.

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Sat., Feb. 13, 2021

Irving Artists Virtual Concert

Join the International House Global Voices Performing Arts Series as we welcome back Irving Artists for a special virtual concert. Irving Artists is a group of Chicago-based classical musicians, founded by cellist Alexa Muhly and pianist Hiroko Nagahata who have been collaborating since 2014. They released their self-produced album Irving on September 29, 2019. 

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Sun., Feb. 14, 2021

The Chicago Ensemble: Program I

The International House chamber music ensemble-in-residence returns with a five part virtual concert series taking place once a month on Sundays through June 2021. The first program will focus on the classical period and feature music on strings, oboe, and piano.

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Mon., Feb. 15, 2021

“Art is Everything” & “Little Armageddon” with Yxta Murray & Gregory Fraser

In partnership with the Seminary Co-op Bookstores, the International House Global Voices welcomes Yxta Murray and Gregory Fraser, who will be performing readings of their latest works. Yxta Murray is the author of Art is Everything, a multi-media portrait of a mid-career Chicana artist. Gregory Fraser will read from his latest poetry collection, Little Armageddon which explores the everyday occurences in life.

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Thu., Feb. 18, 2021

Axiom Brass Quintet

Join International House and The Department of Music at the University of Chicago as we host the Axiom Brass Quintet for a virtual performance. With programs ranging from jazz and Latin music to transcriptions of string quartet repertoire and original compositions for brass quintet, Axiom Brass has been delighting audiences of all ages for more than a decade.

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Sun., Feb. 21, 2021

Cultural Sunday: Ethical Dilemmas - Mahabharata and Modern Day

Join International House as we partner with Kalapriya Center for Indian Performing Arts for the Cultural Sundays Series. For this program, Dr. Gowri Ramnarayan, our master storyteller, lays out the dilemmas faced by the characters in the Mahabharata and starts a conversation with you into insights for similar dilemmas we face today.

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Tue., Feb. 23, 2021

14th Annual Tetsuo Najita Distinguished Lecture in Japanese Studies ft. Mary Brinton

Join International House and the Center for East Asian Studies as we welcome Mary Brinton for the 14th Annual Tetsuo Najita Distinguished Lecture. Over the past three decades, the Japanese government has enacted a series of measures to boost the country’s anemic birth rate. Nevertheless, the birth rate has hovered around 1.4 children per woman, far below what is required for the population to reproduce itself. Why haven’t the policies worked? Hear Professor Brinton argue that policies focused on trying to make women’s work lives more like men’s have fundamentally missed the mark. Not only have such policies failed to raise the birth rate, they have also arguably exacerbated gender inequality. Professor Brinton suggests that future government and workplace policies move in a different direction.

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Sun., Mar. 07, 2021

The Chicago Ensemble Presents: Masterworks of the German Romantic Period

The International House chamber music ensemble-in-residence returns with a five part virtual concert series taking place once a month on Sundays through June 2021. The second program will focus on the German Romantic period and feature music composed by Spohr, Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Wolf, and Brahms.

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Sun., Mar. 07, 2021

Cultural Sunday: Role, Status and Power - Many Identities of Women in Indian Visual Culture

Join International House as we partner with Kalapriya Center for Indian Performing Arts for the Cultural Sundays Series. For this program, Professor Nalini Rao will show the representations of women in Indian (South Asian) Art to explore issues of identity, status, and empowerment. Their multiple roles in society both in private and public life, and contribution to society was shaped by cultural traditions and historical circumstances.

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Thu., Mar. 11, 2021

Civilian-Military Relations Panel

In partnership with the UChicago Office for Military-Affiliated Communities and Military-Affiliated Students of Harris, join the International House Global Voices Lecture Series and student panelists Morgan Landers, Zackariah Crahen, and John Schmidt for a discussion on the various barriers separating the civilian and military communities. 

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Fri., Mar. 12, 2021

Seeking Common Ground: The Future of U.S.-China Relations

Join International House as we partner with International Houses Worldwide for a conversation with Elizabeth Economy and Daniel Russel, live from Davis Hall at International House New York. Moderated by Ambassador Frank G. Wisner, these distinguished scholars will share their insights on the major issues facing the U.S.-China relationship in the years ahead, in the first of a four-part series of in-depth discussions on the relationship between the world’s two greatest powers – and their citizens. 

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Mon., Mar. 22, 2021

A Virtual Japanese Garden Tour at I-House Japan

Join this International Houses Worldwide event as we present International House Japan for a tour of their garden. The I-House garden, designed by famed Kyoto landscape artist Ogawa Jihei, is an oasis in the middle of Tokyo. This is the third virtual tour guided by our supervising gardener Chisao Shigemori.

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