2019-2020 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.

2019-2020 Global Voices Performing Arts & Lecture Series

Sun., Jan. 19, 2020

The Chicago Ensemble: 43rd Season, Program II

Join International House in welcoming The Chicago Ensemble for the second program of its 43rd 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 from 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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Sat., Jan. 25, 2020

Muslim Students Association Annual Banquet: Sacred Struggle

International House is happy to host the Muslim Students Association annual banquet again this year. This event will serve as a time of communal gathering - to enjoy the blessings of food and company - as well as to raise funds for a noble cause. This year, all proceeds will benefit Believers Bail Out, an organization that releases incarcerated believers by covering their bonds, with the overall goal of ending mass incarceration. The theme this year is 'Sacred Struggles,' and the program will feature speakers Ustadh Ubaydallah Evans and Maryam Kashani. 

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Wed., Feb. 05, 2020

A More or Less Perfect Union: A Personal Exploration by Judge Douglas Ginsburg

Join the International House Global Voices Lecture Series and Barack Obama Presidential Library for a special event, in conversation with U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg—a national authority on the Constitution, and host of A More or Less Perfect Union (2020), the groundbreaking new three-part public television (PBS) series "that tells the story of how the framers put freedom in writing; how amendment after amendment finally spread freedom to all of “we the people,” and how we still struggle today to preserve the freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution. 

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Sat., Feb. 08, 2020

The Newberry Consort Presents The Marchesa: Isabella d’Este

Please join the Global Voices Performing Arts Series in welcoming back early music ensemble The Newberry Consort for their first performance of 2020! This program, a co-production with acclaimed Philadelphia-based wind band Piffaro, honors the great Isabella d'Este, a patron of the Italian Renaissance, and the concert features the frottole, an Italian song form that propagated at her Mantuan court in the late 15th-century. 

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Sun., Feb. 23, 2020

The Chicago Ensemble: 43rd Season, Program III

Join International House in welcoming back The Chicago Ensemble for its 43rd season of eclectic classical chamber music performances, featuring Gerald Rizzer, Artistic Director/Piano, and leading Chicago artists. Each concert offers a wide-ranging program of beloved masterworks and contemporary works by composers from 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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Wed., Feb. 26, 2020

IOP Speaker Series: Demystifying Economics with Paul Krugman

Join International House and the UChicago Institute of Politics as we welcome New York Times columnist and Nobel laureate, Paul Krugman, who will be breaking down major economic issues in an accessible way, as he does in his new book, Arguing with Zombies: Economics, Politics, and the Fight for a Better Future. He'll tackle issues from health care to housing bubbles, tax reform to Social Security. 

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Thu., Mar. 05, 2020

UChicago Presents: World Music Series: Music as Politics: The Role of Plena in Contemporary Puerto Rico

Join International House for a special event featuring members of the Plena Libre ensemble. The event will include a discussion by members of Plena Libre, moderated by Dian Borges, on the important role of plenas in the contemporary politics of Puerto Rico.

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Sun., Mar. 08, 2020

Balkan Rhythms & Dance

Join International House for a day of learning and dancing to Balkan music! This event will begin with a lecture led by John Kuo, the leader of the Chicago-based ensemble Balkan Dances, on Balkan music and dance rhythms. Following the lecture, Balkan Dance ensemble will teach guests the steps of the most popular Balkan dances, and then perform to show an intricate real-life demonstration in folk dress attire. The event will end with an exhibition of hand-made instruments and nineteenth century folk costumes. 

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Sun., Mar. 08, 2020

South Asian Music Ensemble

Join us for a performance with The South Asian Music Ensemble as they explore a variety of classical, vernacular, and popular song styles from the Indian Subcontinent. The ensemble focuses on both vocal techniqe and instrumentalism, exploring various stylistic features, compsitional forms, improvisational practices and performance conventions specific to India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and other South Asian diasporas. 

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Tue., Mar. 17, 2020

[Cancelled] Diplomatic Encounters Series: “The Future of the Transatlantic Relationship” with Niels Annen

This event is suspended until further notice in line with the University's new guidance on the Coronavirus situation.

International House looks forward to continuing to collaborate with the American Council on Germany. Save the date for a discussion and reception with Niels Annen, the Minister of State of the German Federal Foreign Office, who will be reflecting on the future of the transatlantic relationship.

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Sat., Mar. 21, 2020

[Cancelled] Spring Festival of Eastern European Dance and Music

This event has been relocated and will no longer take place at International House due to the University's new guidance on the Coronavirus situation.

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. 

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Thu., Apr. 02, 2020

[Cancelled] Najita Distinguished Lecture: Disappearing Japan?

This event is suspended until further notice in line with the University's new guidance on the Coronavirus situation.

Join International House as it welcomes Harvard Professor of Sociology, Mary Brinton, for this year's Najita Distinguished Lecture in Japanese Studies. Professor Brinton's lecture "Disappearing Japan? Few Marriages and Fewer Births in 21st-Century Japan" will address questions about Japan's economy and its aging population through a discussion of Japan's history from the 20th centry to present day.

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Sat., Apr. 04, 2020

[Cancelled] International Korean Traditional Performing Arts Competition

This event is rescheduled for Saturday, November 7 in line with the University's new guidance on the Coronavirus situation. 

Join International House for a night of dance, music, and celebration. The International Korean Traditional Performing Arts Competition will feature a wide variety of performances which celebrate Korean culture. Attendees will have an opportunity to view performances, enjoy a delicious dinner, and enjoy the night's festival-like atmosphere.

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Sat., Apr. 18, 2020

[Cancelled] The University of Chicago Graduate China Forum

This event is suspended until further notice in line with the University's new guidance on the Coronavirus situation.

International House is pleased to again welcome the University of Chicago Graduate China Forum. Founded in 2015, The University of Chicago Graduate China Forum aims to promote intellectual exchange and bilateral cooperation between the United States and China by creating a platform for presenting diverse perspectives on contemporary US-China issues.

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