2020-2021 Global Voices Performing Arts & Lecture Series

Per the University’s guidance on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and out of concern for the safety and well-being of our entire community, we are suspending all University-sponsored events and gatherings effective immediately until further notice. We are working closely with our partners, both on and off campus, to reschedule as many programs as possible when it is deemed safe to do so. Autumn Quarter brings new students and community members, new ideas, and—this year especially—new ways of being together. To this end, we have created new globally focused programs and community outreach and engagement activities designed to foster diversity of thought and experience—virtually and through online gatherings. 

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 here.

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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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