2016-2017 Global Voices Performing Arts & Lecture Series

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.

Winter Quarter 2017 Global Voices Programs

Thu., Jan. 05, 2017

CIA Director John Brennan

Please join the IOP as it welcomes the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, John Brennan. 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 will draw 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.

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Sun., Jan. 08, 2017

Chicago Ensemble Concert

Offering an innovative mix of familiar masterworks and lesser-known repertoire performed in varied combinations of instruments and voice, The Chicago Ensemble has occupied a unique place in Chicago's cultural life for over 30 years.

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Wed., Jan. 18, 2017

Green Careers Panel

Interested in a green career, but confused when it comes to your options? We're holding the UChicago Green Careers Panel just for you!

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Thu., Jan. 26, 2017

America in the Trump Era: Covering Trump

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?

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Wed., Feb. 01, 2017

Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro

Join International House and the Institute of Politics as they welcome former U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary, Julián Castro, who will reflect upon his time at HUD. Former Secretary Castro will discuss his work rebuilding the housing market, increasing affordable homeownership and furthering the Fair Housing Act under the Obama Administration.

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Fri., Feb. 03, 2017

America in the Trump Era: JD Vance - Hillbilly Elegy

Join the IOP as it welcomes author JD Vance for a discussion of 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.”

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Sat., Feb. 04, 2017

Chinese New Year’s Celebration “China Night”

Celebrate the 2017 Chinese Spring Festival at International House with the Asian Policy Forum and the UChicago Chinese Students and Scholars Association.

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Wed., Feb. 08, 2017

America in the Trump Era: The Future of Health Care

Join International House and the IOP in welcoming former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Michael Leavitt, and former Director of the White House Office of Health Reform, Nancy-Ann DeParle, in conversation with visiting Fellow Jackie Calmes.

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Sat., Feb. 11, 2017

WHPK 88.5 FM Chicago Jazz Format | 7th Annual Black History Month Celebration

Hear Henry Johnson at the Seventh Annual WHPK 88.5 FM Jazz Format Black History Month Celebration of Jazz, "Our Gift to the World," at International House. Featuring Henry Johnson with Billy Foster on piano, Eric Schnieder on saxophone, John Ramos on bass and Charles Heath on drums.

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Mon., Feb. 13, 2017

Fake News, Alternative Facts, and the World of Misinformation with Buzzfeed’s Craig Silverman

How did America enter the ‘alternative facts’ era? Who is gaining from the spread of false information? Join the IOP as it welcomes BuzzFeed’s Media Editor Craig Silverman to explore all of these issues and more.

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Thu., Feb. 16, 2017

America in the Trump Era: The Future of the GOP

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?

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Fri., Feb. 17, 2017

Biwa Lecture and Performance with Yoko Hiraoka

Join Yoko Hiraoka- a senior master performer of Biwa, Koto, Shamisen and Jiuta voice- for a Biwa Concert : 3 Pieces from the Tale of the Heike “Gion Shoja” “Atsumori” “Dan-no-ura” accompanied by a brief lecture on the history of biwa and the Tale of Heike.

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Wed., Feb. 22, 2017

The Illusionists Film Screening and Discussion with filmmaker Elena Rossini

International House and The Body Project are bringing filmmaker Elena Rossini to campus for a screening and discussion of her new film, The Illusionists. This film is a documentary that explores the epidemic of body dissatisfaction and the globalization of beauty standards around the world.

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Fri., Feb. 24, 2017

America in the Trump Era: S.E. Cupp & Van Jones

Join International House and the Institute of Politics in welcoming 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.

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Sat., Feb. 25, 2017

Brazilian Family Carnaval 2017

The Brazilian Cultural Center of Chicago invites the community for its Annual Family Carnaval - February 25 from 2:00PM to 5:00PM at the International House at the University of Chicago. Read the article about the Brazilian Carnaval which appears in the Hyde Park Herald written by Global Voices Metcalf Intern Rena Salvin  http://hpherald.com/2017/02/15/brazilian-cultural-center-of-chicago-to-host-annual-family-carnaval-at-international-house/

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Sun., Feb. 26, 2017

Balkan Rhythms and Dance

Join John and Galia Kuo in a lecture, workshop, performance, and exhibition of traditional Balkan Rhythms and Dance. 

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Tue., Feb. 28, 2017

Black History Month Lecture: Rev. Dr. John R. Porter

Join International House and Rev. Dr. John Richard Porter in a lecture on Black History Month. Porter served as Pastor of the Christ United Methodist Church in Chicago’s Englewood Community (1962-1971; 1979-1995). He founded Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s first SCLC Chapter in Chicago in 1964. After receiving his Ph.D. degree from the Union Institute and University in 1975, He published his first book The Dating Habits of Young Black Americans in 1979. His 500-plus page book, Autobiography of Black Male Violence is considered by many to be a classic legacy work; he is listed in historymakers.com and “Who’s Who in Black America.” Porter is a prolific motivational speaker and writer, and has over forty years of experience working with the Freedom Movements, urban gangs, and violence projects.

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Fri., Mar. 03, 2017

Driving Global Social Impact Conference

Join the International House Global Voices Lecture Series and the Harris School of Public Policy for a day of public lectures on International Development. Admitted students to the Harris School and the general public are invited to take part in a series of lectures by esteemed faculty from the Harris School.

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Fri., Mar. 03, 2017

Harris Inter-Policy School Summit: Keynote & Opening Reception

This year's Summit will focus on The Legal Recognition of Indigenous Lands in Brazil. The opening reception will feature keynote speaker Rosaly Byrd, an environmental policy professional at the United Nations Development Programme World Centre for Sustainable Development (RIO+ Centre). She will be introduced by Harris School Interim Dean Kerwin Charles.

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Sun., Mar. 05, 2017

Chicago Ensemble Concert: Program III

Join The Chicago Ensemble for its 40th season of eclectic classical chamber music performances, featuring Gerald Rizzer, artistic director/piano, and leading Chicago artists. Every concert offers a wide-ranging program of beloved masterworks, rarely heard gems and contemporary works by composers around the world. Enjoy an intimate setting, complimentary reception and informal spoken program notes that provide the perfect chamber music experience.

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Tue., Mar. 07, 2017

Poetry in Motion: A Workshop on Text and Translation in East Asia (Poetry Reading)

This international and collaborative 2-day workshop will bring together distinguished poets and translators of East Asian poetry, both classical and modern, as a means to explore and re-imagine the concepts of text and translation through the lends of East Asian media studies. Join us on Tuesday, March 7th in the International House Coulter Lounge for the final poetry reading of this 2 day workshop.

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Tue., Mar. 07, 2017

Alash Ensemble

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. Join Alash at International House as they perform their own unique style that is fresh and new, yet true to their Tuvan musical heritage.

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Fri., Mar. 24, 2017

Spring Festival of Eastern European Dance and Music

One of the largest festivals in the U.S. showcasing the folk music, dance, and culture of the Balkans and Eastern Europe, this festival attracts enthusiasts from all over the country. Guided by master dance teachers and inspired by virtuoso musicians you’ll dance, sing, and jam all weekend long! Be enthralled by splendid performances of music and dance at the Saturday evening concert. Sample mouth-watering delicacies prepared by expert Balkan cooks. Finally, don’t miss the Sunday evening post-festival dinner and party.

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Autumn Quarter 2016 Global Voices Programs

Tue., Sep. 20, 2016

Graduate Student Welcome Party, featuring The Polkaholics

Join the UChicago Grad Council at International House for an Oktoberfest-style welcome party for all UChicago Grad Students. Meet current and incoming grad students, learn about UChicago Grad Council and how to get involved, and listen as the Polkaholics put the oomph back in oom-pah! The Polkaholics, formed in ’97 by 'Dandy Don' Hedeker (aka Donald Hedeker, AB’80, PhD ‘89, Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences) have electrified polka and made it rock!

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Sat., Sep. 24, 2016

Hyde Park Jazz Festival 2016

For yet another year, International House plays host to the Hyde Park Jazz Festival! This annual event features the finest artists in local, national, and international jazz, and it celebrates jazz’s great legacy and bright future on Chicago’s South Side. See the full schedule of more than 40 programs on the 10th annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival website. International House will host two programs on Saturday, September 24th:

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Tue., Sep. 27, 2016

Najita Film Screening & Lecture: Tell the Prime Minister with Oguma Eiji

The 11th Tetsuo Najita Distinguished Lecture in Japanese Studies presents a two-day program that encompasses a film screening of Professor and Director Eiji Oguma’s “Tell the Prime Minister” on September 27th and a keynote lecture featuring Professor Oguma (Japanese with English translation) on September 28th. Professor Oguma is a Professor of the Faculty of Policy Management at Keio University in Tokyo. His research covers national identity and nationalism, colonial policy, and democratic philosophy and social movements in modern Japan from the perspective of historical sociology.

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Thu., Sep. 29, 2016

Etno Grupa “Trag” Concert

The world-renowned ensemble Etno Grupa “Trag” will be performing at International House as part of the ensemble’s US tour this fall. The 10-person vocal-instrumental ensemble from Banja Luka, Serbia will perform Serbian folk music, following an introductory performance from Chicago’s Dukati and Biseri Folklore Ensemble.

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Fri., Sep. 30, 2016

MSA Eid al-Adha Cultural Celebration

Commemorating the end of the Hajj (pilgrimage) and grounded in the roots of Abrahamic sacrifice, Eid al-Adha is a true celebration. The idea that societal change requires great sacrifice and personal commitment is one that is not limited to Islamic teachings, and this evening of humor, culture, and activism is accessible to all.

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Fri., Oct. 07, 2016

Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson

Hear Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party Nominee, speak in the International House Assembly Hall.  This event is part of the Institute of Politic's Road to 2016 series, a variety of events, encompassing all of the IOP's program areas, that are focused on the campaign for the White House.

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Mon., Oct. 10, 2016

Justice in the Service of Equality: A Public Lecture by Christiane Taubira

During this public lecture, Christiane Taubira, the former Minister of Justice in France, will cover topics as diverse as same-sex marriage, slavery as a crime against humanity, and incarceration rates of youth of color.

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Fri., Oct. 14, 2016

2016 Social Justice Address Lecture featuring Marc Edwards

Marc A. Edwards, the Charles P. Lunsford Professor of Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, Virginia Tech University, will give the keynote lecture, entitled Perspectives on Environmental Injustice in the Flint, MI Water Crisis.

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Mon., Oct. 17, 2016

GenForward: Are Campaigns Hearing Millennials?

Join International House and the Institute of Politics for a panel discussion on youth polling. 

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Tue., Oct. 18, 2016

Diplomatic Encounters Series: A Conversation with Argentine Ambassador Martín Lousteau

The University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, International House, Center for Middle Eastern Studies and other area studies centers are joining forces with the Chicago Consular Corps to expand the Diplomatic Encounters series to better connect the UChicago community with representatives of diplomatic missions from around Chicago and across the nation. The series aims to provide a venue to hear from leading diplomats, engage them in open dialogue, and come to a better understanding of the issues, challenges, and opportunities facing countries around the world. Programs for the series are held throughout the academic year.

This program will feature Martín Lousteau, the Ambassador of Argentina to the US since January 2016, whose talk is entitled "Argentina - Politics & Economics."

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Thu., Oct. 20, 2016

Home Improvement: Young Mayors Tackle Old Problems

The Institute of Politics is proud to welcome three of the country’s top young mayors for a discussion on their innovative solutions to the challenges facing their cities. 

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Wed., Oct. 26, 2016

Voices from Hiroshima: Atomic Bomb Survivor Testimony and Atomic Bomb Memoirs Reading

The Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago will be hosting “Voices from Hiroshima” – a program that features testimony from a “hibakusha” or atomic bomb survivor from the city of Hiroshima.  In addition to the survivor’s testimony, two poets will be reciting poems relating to the atomic bomb both in English and in Japanese. This program will also provide University of Chicago students an opportunity to learn share and exchange ideas regarding the atomic bombings as well as participate in the poetry reading. The program will end with a reception that will provide an opportunity for attendees and participants to meet one another for further discussion.

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Wed., Oct. 26, 2016

Climate Change Forum: A North American Perspective

Join government representatives from Canada, Mexico, and the United States 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 will discuss initiatives to make Chicago a more sustainable city.

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Thu., Oct. 27, 2016

“Arctic Defenders” Film Screening featuring Aaju Peter

When climate change is discussed, the Inuit people of the Arctic are often mentioned as experiencing the first impacts. But who are they? What is their history? Arctic Defenders tells the remarkable story that began in 1968 with an Inuit activist movement in Canada. It led to the largest land claim in western civilization, orchestrated by young visionary Inuit with a dream - the governance of their territory - the creation of Nunavut. The film reveals the history of Canada’s attempt at sovereignty in the north and finds hope and inspiration from determined Inuit who changed the rules of the game.

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Thu., Nov. 03, 2016

Listening Session with Paquito D’Rivera

This free discussion and listening Session with Paquito D'Rivera and Ben Waltzer occurs the day before the universally-loved clarinetist and saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera plays his intriguing blend of jazz, classical and Afro-Latin influences that garnered his 14th GRAMMY award and 2015 Best Latin Jazz album at Logan Center.

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Fri., Nov. 04, 2016

The 9th International Education Conference at The University of Chicago

Learn new ways to bring international politics into your classrooms and engage your students in the role of elections throughout the world. Through dynamic presentations, dialogues, and classroom activities, teachers will gain practical and innovative curriculum ideas that guide students to make connections to the larger stories of the world. Recommended for all K-16 educators; content is especially appropriate for secondary and post-secondary educators.

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Sat., Nov. 05, 2016

International Korean Traditional Performing Arts Competition

The International Korean Traditional Performing Art Committee, through professional dance activities, establishes the status of Korea and presents excellence in Korean culture. This year we continue the tradition with a competition for artists to showcase their talents and love of Korean arts. The traditional art competition encompasses dance, singing, and traditional instruments.

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Sun., Nov. 06, 2016

MEChA de UChicago presenta: Día de los Muertos

MEChA de UChicago and International House invite you to their annual celebration of Día de los Muertos, a traditional Mexican holiday to honor deceased loved ones through a celebration of life.

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Wed., Nov. 09, 2016

DaVinci & Michelangelo: The Titans Experience

In this “tour de force” performance”DaVinci & Michelangelo The Titans Experience, Mark Rodgers, Curator of the DaVinci Machines and Michelangelo Exhibitions for North America, will take you and the audience on an fantastic, awe-inspiring journey through the Italian Renaissance as seen through the eyes of these two, monumental geniuses.  This original, theater performance is a non-stop, multi-media event featuring movies, videos, 3-D animations, and images of DaVinci and Michelangelo’s inventions, machines, sketches, codices, paintings, and sculptures.  Rodgers compares and contrasts the incredible lives of Leonardo and Michelangelo as never before, relating them to our world today as we strive to discover our own “inner” Michelangelo and DaVinci. 

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Sun., Nov. 13, 2016

The Chicago Ensemble 40th Season, Concert I

Offering an innovative mix of familiar masterworks and lesser-known repertoire performed in varied combinations of instruments and voice, the Chicago Ensemble has occupied a unique place in Chicago's cultural life for over 30 years.

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Fri., Nov. 18, 2016

Diplomatic Encounters: the Future of US-Cuban Relations

The University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, International House, Center for Middle Eastern Studies and other area studies centers are joining forces with the Chicago Consular Corps to expand the Diplomatic Encounters series to better connect the UChicago community with representatives of diplomatic missions from around Chicago and across the nation. The series aims to provide a venue to hear from leading diplomats, engage them in open dialogue, and come to a better understanding of the issues, challenges, and opportunities facing countries around the world. Programs for the series are held throughout the academic year.

This program will feature Miguel Fraga, the First Secretary at the Cuban Embassy in Washington D.C. since the re-establishment of diplomatic relations in July 2015.

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Wed., Nov. 30, 2016

Public Lecture with the Consul General of the People’s Republic of China

The 10th Consulate General of the People's Republic of China, Mr. Hong Lei, will present a public lecture in the International House Assembly Hall followed by a reception. The program will also include a question and answer session with the audience.

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Fri., Dec. 02, 2016

Open Mic Night

Enjoy performances both planned and impromptu at the I-House Open Mic! Support International House residents and friends as they showcase their myriad talents in a transformed Assembly Hall. Feel free to hang out, study, or sing!

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