2019-2020 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 through Spring Quarter. Some additional public programs have been suspended beyond this. We are working closely with our partners, both on and off campus, to reschedule as many programs as possible.

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

Sat., Sep. 28, 2019

Hyde Park Jazz Festival: The Alexander/McLean Project

Join International House for the 13th annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival. Each year, this jazz celebration features the finest artists in local, national, and international jazz. This year, International House will host The Alexander/McLean Project for a free concert open to the public. 

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Thu., Oct. 03, 2019

Latinx Heritage Month Opening Celebration

Join International House Global Voices Program and Latinx Heritage Month Committee for a fun night celebrating Latinx heritage. Intended to kick-start a month-long series of events celebrating Latinx heritage, this opening program will include a live band and DJ from Chicago's premier Latin Dance Party, ¡Pachanga!, food from various Latin American countries, and local Latinx vendors.

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Fri., Oct. 04, 2019

Irving Artists

Join International House and Irving Artists (cellist Alexa Muhly, pianist Hiroko Nagahata) for their special album release concert, featuring works by Schumann, Rachmaninoff, Bach, Cassado, and Dvorak. $20 General Admission, free for students with UCID. The concert will be preceded by a complimentary reception at 6:30PM.

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Sun., Oct. 06, 2019

Ballroom & Latin Dance Association Fall Bootcamp

Join International House and the UChicago Ballroom & Latin Dance Association for a day of lessons and performances of some of the most popular ballroom dances, including waltz, jive, cha cha, tango, and more!

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Fri., Oct. 11, 2019

IOP Speaker Series: The Honorable John Kerry on Confronting the Climate Crisis

Join International House and the UChicago Institute of Politics as we welcome former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for a conversation on the issue that the United Nations has called “the greatest ever threat to human rights”: climate change.

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Mon., Oct. 14, 2019

UChicago Presents: Wu Man Luncheon & Screening

As part of UChicago Presents: Music Without Borders Series, Wu Man, a renowned pipa (Chinese lute) musician, will engage in a luncheon, discussing her musical career and impressive repertoire. This intimate, yet casual lunch conversation will be moderated by David Wilson (UChicago Ethnomusicologist) and supplemented with time for the audience to ask questions. Later on in the evening, there will be a film screening of her documentary "Discovering a Musical Heartland: Wu Man's Return to China." 

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Sat., Oct. 19, 2019

The Newberry Consort: The Empress: Margarita Teresa

During the 2019-2020 season, International House Global Voices Performing Arts Series is pleased to host three performances by Chicago’s premier early music ensemble The Newberry Consort. The first of these performances will feature operatic excerpts and instrumental music composed in honor of Empress Margarita Teresa of Spain. 

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Sun., Oct. 20, 2019

Zohn Collective: PORTALS

The program  will feature two works, the scenic cantata Comala by Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, which will be presented in collaboration with La Coperacha Puppet Company, and Daniel Pesca’s Nocturnes, a world premiere written specially for Zohn Collective with poetry by Irving Feldman. Guests are invited to a discussion with the composer before the concert at 3:00PM, as well as a reception that will follow directly after the performance.

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Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

IOP Speaker Series: Can Consumerism Save the Planet? Featuring Tatiana Schlossberg

Join International House and the UChicago Institute of Politics as we welcome journalist Tatiana Schlossberg to dive into the question at the center of the climate change debate: how much impact can individual actions have, and what level of change can only be achieved through systemic reform?

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Sat., Nov. 02, 2019

Chicago Humanities Festival

Join International House in welcoming this year's Chicago Humanities Festival. For 30 years the Chicago Humanities Festival has brought compelling speakers and thoughtful programming to Chicago. Our hope is that you leave Festival programs transformed— with new insights and perspectives that change how you see yourself, your community, and our world. This year, it’s all about Power!

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Mon., Nov. 04, 2019

In One Ear: A Radio Reporter’s Journeys in Asia

Join International House for a lecture by National Public Radio's Seoul Correspondent, Anthony Kuhn, as he shares sounds and pictures collected while reporting news across Asia to give a sense of the issues he focuses on and how he frames his reports. Guests are invited to a reception following the lecture.

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Wed., Nov. 06, 2019

UChicago Presents: Plena Libre Bomba Dance Workshop

Plena Libre, UChicago's newest Don Michael Randel Ensemble-in-Residence, will accompany a Puerto Rican dance workshop. Ivelisse Diaz, co-founder of La Escuelita Bombera De Corazon and the lead vocalist of Bomba con Buya in Chicago, will lead the instructional workshop for dancers of all backgrounds and skill levels.

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Thu., Nov. 07, 2019

Pozen Family Center for Human Rights: Kirschner Memorial Lecture ft. Albert Woodfox

Join International House Global Voices Program and the University of Chicago Pozen Family Center for Human Rights for the 2019 Robert H. Kirschner, MD, Human Rights Memorial Lecture featuring Albert Woodfox. Woodfox will be discussing his advocacy work and a new memoir, "Solitary: Unbroken by Four Decades in Solitary Confinement. My Story of Transformation and Hope," which was recently named a finalist for the National Book Award.

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Fri., Nov. 08, 2019

12th UChicago International Education Conference - The Hot Topic: Teaching Global Climate Change

The 12th Annual University of Chicago International Education Conference "The Hot Topic: Strategies for Teaching Global Climate Change" will explore methods and topics for teaching climate change to both STEM and non-STEM classes. Our group of distinguished speakers will approach the subject from the perspective of cutting-edge science, classroom demonstrations, political science and economics, and social justice.

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Sun., Nov. 10, 2019

The Chicago Ensemble: 43rd Season, Program I

Join International House in welcoming The Chicago Ensemble for 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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Mon., Nov. 11, 2019

Veterans Day Program and Luncheon

Join International House and the Office for Military Affiliated Communities to commemorate Veterans Day with a panel discussion featuring Dr. Kenneth Wilson (Associate Professor, Trauma and Acute Care Surgery; Deputy Director, Trauma Center; Colonel, U.S. Army Reserves), Dr. Brian Williams (Associate Professor, Trauma and Acute Care Surgery; Co-Director, Surgical ICU; Captain, U.S. Air Force Veteran), and Dr. Gregg Montalto (Associate Professor of Pediatrics, UChicago Medicine; Captain, U.S. Navy Veteran). Moderated by Patrick Scanlon, MBA '95. 

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Sat., Nov. 16, 2019

Jimmy Johnson Blues Concert

Join the International House Global Voices Performing Arts Series as we welcome award-winning blues guitarist Jimmy Johnson for a live concert. A Chicago native, Johnson is known for defining the Chicago Blues of the 1960s and 70s. This event is free and open to the public. Please arrive at 6:30PM for a complimentary reception before the performance begins at 7:00PM. 

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Thu., Dec. 12, 2019

Museum of Science and Industry: Infinite Futures: A World Without Vaccines

The future is one of infinite possibilities. Is it possible to create a world without vaccines? Could we eradicate all diseases that need a vaccine? What if there was a resurgence of deadly disease? Could we move beyond the standard vaccine shot? Join the Museum of Science and Industry for our Infinite Futures Series as we discover what is happening in the world of vaccines today and how it will impact our health for the future. We will explore these questions and more through an interactive discussion with experts, Dr. Tina Tan, Dr. Olamide Jarrett and Dr. Nina Fefferman.

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Fri., Dec. 13, 2019

“From the Peaceful Revolution to German Unification” with Markus Meckel

International House looks forward to continuing to collaborate with the American Council on Germany. Save the date for a talk with Markus Meckel, former Foreign Minister of the GDR and former Member of the Bundestag (SPD), who will be reflecting on 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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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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Sun., Jun. 07, 2020

[Cancelled] The Chicago Ensemble: 43rd Season Program IV

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

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 Chicago Ensemble 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 program notes that provide the perfect chamber music experience. 

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Fri., Jun. 12, 2020

[Virtual] South Asian Music Ensemble Spring Virtual Recital

Join International House Global Voices Program and The South Asian Music Ensemble for an evening of music from the Indian Subcontinent that will explore intersections of rhythm and style through a variety of classical and devotional genres.

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Sun., Jun. 21, 2020

[Virtual] Make Music Chicago

Every June 21st, Make Music Chicago brings together Chicagoans to celebrate their ability to make music, regardless of age, ability or preferred musical style. Unlike a typical music festival, Make Music Chicago is open to anyone who wants to take part. Every kind of musician—young and old, amateur and professional—takes to the streets, parks, plazas, and porches of Chicago to share music of all genres with friends, neighbors and strangers.

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Wed., Jun. 24, 2020

[Virtual] 2nd Annual Girls Education Conference: Progress, Power, & Possibilities

Join International House, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, and African Community Fund for Education (ACFE) for the 2nd Annual Girls Education Conference: Progress, Power & Possibilities. This virtual, half-day summit is designed for attendees to learn from and contribute to a discussion on early learning innovation, expanding youth educational experiences, the importance of mentorship, and the economic impact of investing in girls’ education.

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