2021-2022 Global Voices Performing Arts & Lecture Series

David Axelrod, Director of the Institute of Politics, moderating a lecture in the I-House Assembly Hall with John Kerry.

University events must adhere to all Chicago Department of Public Health and University guidance for in-person gathering at the time of the meeting or event, which may include limited attendance or capacity, face coverings, or require other mitigations for health and safety. These events are currently planned as a mask-optional convenings. Due to 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. We strongly encourage unvaccinated individuals and those preferring to wear masks to do so. 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.


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

[Virtual] 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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Sun., Jan. 09, 2022

[Virtual] Cultural Sunday: “When Things Fall Apart - A Tale of Lost Souls from the Mahabharata”

In partnership with Kalapriya Center for Indian Performing Arts, the Cultural Sundays series continues with this reinterpretation of an episode from the Mahabarhata that tells the story of three lost souls.

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Mon., Jan. 24, 2022

[Virtual] The Japanese Art of Cooking

International House Chicago is proud to support International House New York for this event. Join Japanese Ambassador Yamanouchi for an intimate evening in the kitchen with his personal chefs - Shima Yasuhiro and Tsutsumi Shogo.

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Sun., Jan. 30, 2022

[Virtual] Cultural Sunday: Music and Devotion in South Asia with Dr. Bertie Kibreah

In partnership with Kalapriya Center for Indian Performing Arts, the Cultural Sundays series continues with Dr. Bertie Kibreah is a scholar. An ethnomusicologist who studies the evolution of musical styles as people live and move in the region. As an Indian American born to Bengali immigrants, his heart and his research of Bengal is unique.

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Mon., Jan. 31, 2022

[Virtual] Why Have Hope? Sustainability Through the Lens of Politics, Business, and Civic Engagement

International House is proud to support International House New York for this virtual conversation between Trustee Andy Darrell and Professor Jeffrey Sachs on sustainability through the lens of politics, business, and civic engagement and why we should have hope.

 

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Mon., Feb. 07, 2022

[Virtual] A Conversation with Simon Shaheen

In partnership with International House and UChicago Presents, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies hosts a conversation with composer, oud and violin player, Simon Shaheen. Shaheen is one of the most significant Arab musicians, performers, and composers of his generation. His work incorporates and reflects a legacy of Arabic music, while it forges ahead to new frontiers, embracing many different styles in the process.

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Fri., Feb. 11, 2022

[Virtual] 62nd Annual University of Chicago Folk Festival

Join International House and the University of Chicago Folklore Society for the 62nd Annual University of Chicago Folk Festival. The University of Chicago Folk Festival is a two-day celebration of traditional music from all around the country.

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Thu., Feb. 17, 2022

[Virtual] OMAC Black History Month 2022

In partnership with the Office of Civic Engagement, Veterans and Military-Affiliated Allies at Pritzker, International House, UChicago Medicine and the Office of the Army Surgeon General, OMAC will host its annual Black History Month program for the University.Join us for a discussion with African American service members from across the country to learn more about the sacrifice and service of our nation's heroes.The discussion will be moderated by Wendy Williams, Executive Director, University of Chicago's Office of Civic Engagement. Attendees will hear about the service member's duty to country, career paths, and opportunities afforded by the armed forces.

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Sat., Feb. 19, 2022

Newberry Consort: Music Fit for the Medicis

The International House Global Voices Performing Arts Series is proud to partner with Newberry Consort to present Music Fit for the Medicis. In this concert, featuring singers and medieval strings, harp, lute and percussion, and organetto, you’ll hear many of the songs that would have been played at the Medici court, including lively music for dancing, gorgeous and complex polyphony, and songs with lyrics by poets such as Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio.

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Sun., Feb. 20, 2022

The Chicago Ensemble: Season 45, Program I

Join the International House Global Voices Performing Arts Series to welcome back our chamber music ensemble-in-residence for their 45th season. Beginning in February 2022, The Chicago Ensemble will return with five in-person programs featuring Bach, Beethoven, Haydn, and Mozart, among many others! 

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Mon., Feb. 21, 2022

[Virtual] 15th Annual Tetsuo Najita Distinguished Lecture in Japanese Studies

Join International House and the Center for East Asian Studies for the 15th Annual Tetsuo Najita Distinguished Lecture in Japanese Studies featuring Ichirō Tomiyama, Professor of Global Studies at Doshisha University. Originally trained at Kyoto University as an agricultural historian, Professor Tomiyama is best known as an historian and cultural critic who works on Japanese imperialism and colonialism, issues of identity in postwar Japan, war memory, and Okinawa. 

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Thu., Feb. 24, 2022

The Illusion of Folklore: A Conversation with Quatuor Diotima

Join International House, the UChicago Department of Music, and UChicago Presents to welcome Quatuor Diotima for a lunchtime conversation! The presentation, titled "The Illusion of Folklore," explores why Janacek, Bartok and Ligeti (also Britten and Stravinsky) did not limit themselves to an arrangement of popular culture, either their own or those of others.

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Sun., Feb. 27, 2022

[Virtual] Cultural Sunday: The Importance of the Human Experience of Visual Art

Join International House and the Kalapriya Center for Indian Performing Arts for this Cultural Sunday program that will explore art from Bhimbetka rock shelters! Bhimbetka is an archeological site in central India that spans the Paleolithic and Mesolithic periods. They provide a rare glimpse into a human settlement and the cultural evolution and expressions of prehistoric spirituality.

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Wed., Mar. 02, 2022

[Virtual] Page Turner Series: Humanity Reimagined

Join us in supporting International House New York to welcome author Martin Fiore from Ernst & Young to Davis Hall. Martin Fiore is one of today’s leading business writers and speakers on the connection between people and technology--a topic he will addresses in his new book Humanity Reimagined. 

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Tue., Mar. 08, 2022

[Virtual] Abby Seiff Author Night

Join the International House Global Voices Lecture Series in partnership with Seminary Co-op Bookstores and the UChicago Program on the Global Environment for a conversation with Abby Seiff on her newest work, Troubling the Water: A Dying Lake and a Vanishing World in Cambodia. She will be joined in discussion by Dr. Sabina Shaikh.

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Sun., Mar. 27, 2022

The Chicago Ensemble: Season 45, Program II

Join the International House Global Voices Performing Arts Series to welcome back our chamber music ensemble-in-residence for their 45th season. Beginning in February 2022, The Chicago Ensemble will return with five in-person programs featuring Bach, Beethoven, Haydn, and Mozart, among many others! 

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Mon., Mar. 28, 2022

Let’s Do Lunch! Conversation and Demonstration with Okinawan Artists

Join us as we welcome Okinawan artists for a special lunch conversation and demonstration, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Okinawa's return to Japan from the U.S. 

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Wed., Apr. 06, 2022

Giving Day: Festival of Nations

Taste foods from around the world while supporting International House and Giving Day! The Festival of Nations is an opportunity for community members to share their culture with the rest of International House and the surrounding community.

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Mon., Apr. 11, 2022

Gender is a Drag: A Performance & Conversation with Kabareh Cheikhats

Join International House as we partner with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and Old Town School of Folk Music to present an evening with Kabareh Cheikhats, a Moroccan band that subverts gender norms through their unique approach to the music of “Cheikhat girls.”

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Thu., Apr. 14, 2022

Evening Perspectives & Book Signing with Dr. Isabella Alexander-Nathani

Join us for a hybrid event with Dr. Isabella Alexander-Nathani as she presents her latest book Burning at Europe’s Borders and documentary film The Burning. This event is hosted virtually on Zoom and in-person at The University of Chicago’s International House.

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Mon., Apr. 18, 2022

[Virtual] Islamic Gardens: The Sound of a Garden

Join International House as we partner with International Women Associates and The Nourishment Projects to present Islamic Gardens: The Sound of a Garden. We will marvel at the transcendent beauty of Islamic gardens in Mughal India, Moorish Spain and the Persian & Ottoman empires. The event will feature Soma Roy, Founder of The Nourishment Projects.

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Fri., Apr. 22, 2022

The Chicago Linguistic Society 58

The 58th CLS Conference will be held in-person, partnering with International House on the first day of the Conference Series.

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Sat., Apr. 23, 2022

The Newberry Consort: Four Queens and a Joker

The International House Global Voices Performing Arts Series is proud to partner with The Newberry Consort to present Four Queens and a Joker. ​Games and cards were all the rage in the 17th and 18th centuries, and we present two pieces for four sopranos depicting lively matches! We’ll perform a comic intermezzo by 17th century composer Virgilio Mazzocchi depicting the hunting game of “La Civetta”, or the Little Owl. We’ll also perform the 18th century Caldara cantata “Il Giuoco del Quadriglio”, or The Game of Quadrille.

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Sun., Apr. 24, 2022

The Chicago Ensemble: Season 45, Program III

Join the International House Global Voices Performing Arts Series to welcome back our chamber music ensemble-in-residence for their 45th season. Beginning in February 2022, The Chicago Ensemble will return with five in-person programs featuring Bach, Beethoven, Haydn, and Mozart, among many others! 

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Fri., Apr. 29, 2022

Vendulka: A CEERES of Voices Conversation with Ondřej Kundra

Join International House and The Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies at the University of Chicago in conversation with Ondřej Kundra and Bożena Shallcross.

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Sat., Apr. 30, 2022

10th Annual Latin American Policy Forum - Latin America looking forward: Where are we headed?

Join International House as we welcome back Latin American Matters for their 10th Annual Latin American Policy Forum. The Forum provides an opportunity for renowned practitioners and world-class policy leaders to discuss Latin American policy issues with Harris School students and leading academic researchers in the Chicago area. We will host the closing ceremony, which will be followed by a small reception.

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Sun., May. 01, 2022

Cultural Sundays: Aditya Prakash Ensemble - Breaking Down the Sacred Wall

Join International House as we partner with Kalapriya Center for Indian Performing Arts for the Cultural Sundays Series featuring the Aditya Prakash Ensemble. Aditya Prakash, an award-winning vocalist known for his powerful and emotive voice, is one of the foremost young virtuosos of Carnatic music, the traditional classical style of South India. He founded the eclectic music group, Aditya Prakash Ensemble, which dialogues between Indian music styles and jazz.

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Wed., May. 11, 2022

[Virtual] Life and Organization Management in War-Torn Ukraine

Join International House as we partner with the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, Center for International Social Science Research, Partnership for the Advancement of Refugee Rights, Leading Women of Tomorrow, and Enlightening Initiative for this panel discussion with Ukrainian non-profit, policy and education professionals as well as local volunteers.

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Wed., May. 11, 2022

[Virtual] India’s Foreign Affairs: From Policy to Strategy

Join International House and The University of Chicago Center in Delhi for a virtual discussion on India's Foreign Affairs: From Policy to Strategy. Shambhu S. Kumaran, Ambassador of India to the Philippines, will be in conversation with Paul Staniland, Associate Professor of Political Science and Faculty Chair of the Committee on International Relations at The University of Chicago.

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Tue., May. 17, 2022

5th Annual Reverend Dr. Richard L. Pearson Lecture with Ernesto Zedillo

The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts invites you to join us for the fifth annual Reverend Dr. Richard L. Pearson Lecture featuring Ernesto Zedillo, Former President of Mexico (1994-2000).
 

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Wed., May. 18, 2022

[Virtual] Ozymandias

Join International House as we partner with International Women Associates and The Nourishment Projects to present Ozymandias. The event will feature Soma Roy, Founder of The Nourishment Projects.

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Thu., May. 19, 2022

A Fireside Chat With Dr. Eve Ewing

Join International House and the University of Chicago Graduate Council for a fireside chat with Professor Eve Ewing. This event is part of the Juneteenth Speaker Series. 

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Fri., May. 20, 2022

Ransom Notes 25th Anniversary Concert

International House will host Ransom Notes, co-ed a cappella group at The University of Chicago, for their 25th Anniversary Concert. The group, originally formed in 1991 under the name "Harmony 8", has released 7 studio albums since their founding, competed in the ICCA several times, and has even gone on tour - both around the country and abroad!

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Sat., May. 21, 2022

Around the World Wine Tasting

Join international alumni, International House staff and graduate students, and the Alumni Club of Chicago as we co-host the Around the World Wine Tasting event. This time-honored reception will teach guests about wines from select regions across the globe. 

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Sun., May. 22, 2022

[CANCELLED] The Chicago Ensemble: Season 45 Program IV with Champagne Reception

Join the International House Global Voices Performing Arts Series to welcome back our chamber music ensemble-in-residence for their 45th season. Beginning in February 2022, The Chicago Ensemble will return with five in-person programs featuring Bach, Beethoven, Haydn, and Mozart, among many others!

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Thu., May. 26, 2022

A Fireside Chat With Valerie Jarrett

Join International House and the University of Chicago Graduate Council for a Fireside Chat with Valerie Jarrett. This event is part of the Juneteenth Speaker Series. 

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Sun., Jun. 05, 2022

Cultural Sundays | Introducing the Mahabharata: The Times, Places and Characters of India’s Great Epic by Dr. Gowri Ramnarayan

Join International House as we partner with Kalapriya Center for Indian Performing Arts for the Cultural Sundays Series. This program will feature a presentation by Dr. Gowri Ramnarayan on the Mahabharata, the longest epic poem ever written. 

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Sat., Jun. 11, 2022

Women Veterans Day 2022

Join International House as we partner with the Office for Military-Affiliated Communities (OMAC) to host the 2nd annual Women Veterans Stand Down. In honor of Women Veterans Day (June 12th), the Women Veterans Stand Down will be an event exclusively for women veterans to network and connect with local veteran resources.

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Sun., Jun. 12, 2022

[CANCELLED] The Chicago Ensemble: Season 45 Program V

Join the International House Global Voices Performing Arts Series to welcome back our chamber music ensemble-in-residence for their 45th season. Beginning in February 2022, The Chicago Ensemble will return with five in-person programs featuring Bach, Beethoven, Haydn, and Mozart, among many others!

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Wed., Jun. 15, 2022

2022 GCNA Congress

Join International House and Rockefeller Chapel for the 79th Annual Congress of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America from June 15 to 19, 2022. Congress events include presentations, masterclasses, workshops, and business meetings, as well as social opportunities to meet other carillonneurs - and of course lots of great music! 

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Fri., Jun. 24, 2022

[Virtual] 4th Annual Girls Education Conference: Girls in a Digital World

Join International House as we partner with The African Community Fund for Education Group for the 4th Annual Girls Education Conference. For this summit, speakers will discuss the hindrances of remote learning for girls, current status of e-learning for girls without tech, COVID-19, remote education and access to technology, and the technological infrastructure needed to advance girls education globally.

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Fri., Jun. 24, 2022

The Chicago Ensemble: Season 45 Program IV

Join the International House Global Voices Performing Arts Series to welcome back our chamber music ensemble-in-residence for their 45th season. Beginning in February 2022, The Chicago Ensemble will return with five in-person programs featuring Bach, Beethoven, Haydn, and Mozart, among many others!

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Fri., Jul. 29, 2022

The Chicago Ensemble: Season 45 Program V

Join the International House Global Voices Performing Arts Series to welcome back our chamber music ensemble-in-residence for their 45th season. Beginning in February 2022, The Chicago Ensemble will return with five in-person programs featuring Bach, Beethoven, Haydn, and Mozart, among many others!

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