2017-2018 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.


2017-2018 Global Voices Performing Arts & Lecture Series

Wed., Sep. 20, 2017

Lecture: Audrey Petty, author of “High Rise Stories”

The Harris School of Public Policy kicks off the new academic year with the Diversity Luncheon, featuring a keynote address by Audrey Petty, author of High Rise Stories

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Wed., Sep. 20, 2017

Keynote Address: Valerie Jarrett

Join the International House Global Voices Lecture Series and Harris School of Public Policy as Valerie Jarrett discusses the crossroads of leadership, policy, and social change. Admitted students to the Harris School and the general public are invited to take part in this Keynote Address by these esteemed speakers. 

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Sat., Sep. 23, 2017

11th Annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival

Join International House as it celebrates the 11th annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival. This annual event features the finest artists in local, national, and international jazz. International House will host two programs on Saturday, September 23rd: Double Monk: Jeremy Kahn & Steve Million with Ariane Dolan and Andrew Cyrille & Bill McHenry.

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Wed., Sep. 27, 2017

Peace in the Age of Uncertainty

The International House Global Voices Program, Harris School of Public Policy, and Rotary International have a shared interest in recognizing that in this era of global conflicts, our definition of peace is evolving. During this event, the underlying causes or sources of conflict will be explored by several distinguished speakers.  

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Fri., Sep. 29, 2017

Eid Cultural Celebration and Banquet

The Muslim Students Association and International House invite you to the 26th Annual Eid al-Adha Banquet for an evening of learning, reflecting, and celebrating. Both Dr. Yamina Bouguenaya, a Muslim scholar and academic, and Khalil Ismail, a nasheed artist, will present. 

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Sun., Oct. 01, 2017

Centuries of Belarusian Singing Tradition: Siarhei Douhushau

Siarhei Douhushau will immerse guests in the centuries old singing tradition of Belarusian people. The songs were collected in the countryside of the Palessie region of Belarus. These songs touch all aspects of country life and represent the philosophy of the Belarusian people. 

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Tue., Oct. 03, 2017

Centuries of Belarusian Singing Tradition: Stary Olsa

Stary Olsa is a music group from Minsk, Belarus, which performs medieval, Renaissance, and early baroque music from Eastern Europe. They are interested in music from the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, particularly the 16th-century Astramiečava Manuscript, in addition to melodies popular across feudal Europe.

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Thu., Oct. 05, 2017

Speed Bumps, Traffic Calming, and Rebuilding the Built Environment

In this public talk, Paul Josephson will explore the history of traffic, the multitudinous failures to deal with it including repeated, ineffective measures to facilitate traffic rather than struggle with it. Using the speed bump as a case study of one among many ways to calm traffic, Josephson will examine how cities have attempted to come to grips with motorized traffic.

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Thu., Oct. 05, 2017

International House Celebrates “Founder’s Day” with Blues Legend Eddy Clearwater

Since 1932, International House has served the University of Chicago and greater Chicago community as a residential cultural center for international exchange and understanding. Celebrate 85 years of international friendship and public programming during the Founder’s Day Celebration featuring the high-energy “rock-a-blues” vocals and guitar of the legendary Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater. Reception begins at 6:00 PM, and the concert starts at 7:00 PM.

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Fri., Oct. 06, 2017

Barokksolistene - An Alehouse Session

Offering an ever changing and evolving look into the music of the English 17th Century tavern, Barokksolistene— a baroque ensemble founded and led by Norwegian violinist and Artistic Director Bjarte Eike— draw on their native influences and traditions to produce unique projects and programs. Enjoy an evening of seducing, touching, folky, and serious music, with Barokksolistene!

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Mon., Oct. 09, 2017

Pod Save America Takes Hyde Park

Join the Global Voices Program and the UChicago Institute of Politics as we welcome the hosts of Crooked Media’s Pod Save America. Four White House veterans launched Pod Save America as a platform “to talk about politics the way actual human beings talk,” mixing day-to-day commentary with guidance on getting involved in the political process. Together, they will discuss the importance of civic engagement, the state of Democratic activism, and the recipe for a perfect ad read.

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Tue., Oct. 10, 2017

RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel

Join International House and the UChicago Institute of Politics as we welcome Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel. Having previously served as the RNC State Chair from Michigan, she is the second woman ever to hold the RNC’s highest position. Chairwoman McDaniel will address the state of American politics, the future of the GOP, and the upcoming 2018 midterm elections.

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Thu., Oct. 12, 2017

Big House on the Prairie with John Eason

The International House Global Voices Author Series hosts John Eason, Ph.D. '08, as he discusses his new book Big House on the Prairie: Rise of the Rural Ghetto and Prison Proliferation. Situating prisons within dynamic shifts that rural economics are undergoing and showing how racially diverse communities lobby for prison construction, Big House on the Prairie is a remarkable glimpse into the ways a prison economy takes shape and operates. 

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Thu., Oct. 19, 2017

Gesture and Sign in Relation to Storytelling

Join the Global Voices Program, Neubauer Collegium, and the Center for Gesture, Sign, and Language for performances by deaf sign-language artists and hearing spoken-language artists as the performers incorporate gestures into their stories and oral poetry. A panel discussion with the artists and the Center directors will explore how gesture is a part of a piece from conception to performance. 

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Fri., Oct. 20, 2017

2017 Social Justice Address featuring Hedy Weinberg

Hear Hedy Weinberg, the Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Tennessee, as she delivers this year's Social Justice Address titled Bending the Bars: Mass Incarceration, Racial Disparities, and Criminal Justice Reform in 21st Century America.

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Sat., Oct. 21, 2017

Global Girls Performance and Cultural Showcase

Join International House Global Voices Program and Global Girls for cultural dance, music, and theater performances and a ceremony which honors individuals and organizations empowering women and girls locally and globally! 

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Tue., Oct. 24, 2017

The Press and the Pressure: Political Journalism in 2017

140 characters, tight budgets, and a “fake news” branding defines political journalism in 2017. Twitter has accelerated the news cycle and created a demand for real-time responses. The cost of business has forced media outlets to consolidate resources in large cities – often at the expense of on-the-ground reporting from state capitals. Meanwhile, a nationwide trend toward distrust of media outlets, sometimes expressed in outright hostility toward reporters, has further complicated the relationship between the press and the public. Join the Global Voices Lecture Series and the Institute of Politics as we welcome four distinguished journalists for a discussion on political journalism in 2017.

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Wed., Oct. 25, 2017

DNC Chair Tom Perez

Join the Global Voices Performing Arts and Lecture Series and the University of Chicago Institute of Politics as we welcome Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez. He previously served as Secretary of Labor and civil rights attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice in the Obama administration. Mr. Perez will address the state of American politics, the future of the Democratic Party, and the upcoming 2018 midterm elections.

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Sat., Oct. 28, 2017

Sister Nivedita: 150th Birth Anniversary

Join the Global Voices Performing Arts & Lecture Series and UChicago Spiritual Life as we celebrate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Sister Nivedita, an influential religious figure of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Prominent scholars and religious leaders, Swami Sarvadevananda, Swami Purnananda, and Swami Ishatmananda will give presentations on a variety of topics. The event will also feature performances by the newly established University of Chicago South Asian Music Ensemble and two renowned sitarists, Pundit Debaprasad Chakraborty and Atanu Mazumdar.

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Mon., Oct. 30, 2017

The Honorable Terry McAuliffe & The Honorable Jim Hodges

Join the Global Voices Lecture Series and the UChicago Institute of Politics as we welcome Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and former South Carolina Governor Jim Hodges for a conversation on their time as Democratic governors in southern states. Together, they will discuss the unique priorities of Democratic politics in the south, the challenges of addressing their states’ legacies of oppression, and the recent increases in white supremacist violence, as seen in Charlottesville this summer. 

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Sun., Nov. 05, 2017

Chicago Humanities Festival at International House

Since 1989, the Chicago Humanities Festival has presented hundreds of programs that aim to expose individuals to important ideas in Humanities-related disciplines. 

For the 27th annual Fallfest, the Chicago Humanities Festival will explore the theme of Belief, digging deeper into the question of what is “belief,” faith in the divine, commitment to a cause, conviction about the truth, and trust in our institutions. Through thought-provoking programs we will explore the idea of belief in its many forms.

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Sat., Nov. 11, 2017

4th International Korean Traditional Performing Arts Competition

For the 4th year of the IKTPA Competition, the International Korean Traditional Performing Arts Competition will showcase arts troupes and organizations from across the Midwest who will demonstrate a variety of performances that illustrate the artists' talents and their passion for Korean arts. The competition will encompass traditional dance, vocal, and instrumental performances. 

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Wed., Nov. 15, 2017

Former White House Photographer Pete Souza

Join the Global Voices Program and the UChicago Institute of Politics for a talk with Pete Souza, a renowned photojournalist who served as the Chief Official White House Photographer for Presidents Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. He has previously worked as a photographer with The Chicago Tribune as well as a freelancer for National Geographic. Mr. Souza was among the first journalists to cover the war in Afghanistan post 9/11.

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Sun., Nov. 19, 2017

The Chicago Ensemble 41st Season, Program 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., Dec. 01, 2017

Voices in Your Head

Voices in Your Head is a student-run a cappella group from the University of Chicago consisting of undergraduate students whose areas of study span as far as their musical tastes. The group strives to take new approaches to a cappella by reinterpreting popular music and using the human voice in new, innovative ways. 

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Wed., Dec. 06, 2017

Welcome to the Prairie State: A Panel Discussion with State Representatives

Join us for the Prairie State Society's inaugural lecture, which will introduce the University of Chicago community to the Prairie State Society (PSS), one of Harris School of Public Policy’s newest student organizations. The event will feature state representatives Will Guzzardi (D-Chicago) and Theresa Mah (D-Chicago) in conversation with recently retired Assistant Majority Leader in the Illinois General Assembly, Elaine Nekritz (D-Northbrook). Moderated by student Patrick Hanley, the panel discussion will address the unique and influential characteristics of the Prairie State including: geographic and demographic divisions in state politics, political culture of Springfield, and governing under a strong partisan establishment at a time of unprecedented and bipartisan anti-establishment momentum. 

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Thu., Dec. 07, 2017

Protecting US Election Infrastructure

Join us for a panel discussion with several national security leaders who will discuss the geopolitics of the cybersecurity threats facing our democracy. At the same time, local leaders will share their on-the-ground experience with cybersecurity, defining where clerks need support. In the spirit of the holiday season, the panel will ask, "When it comes to elections and cybersecurity, what is on the state and local election administrators' wish lists?"

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Thu., Jan. 11, 2018

Tetsuo Najita Distinguished Lecture: Naoyuki Umemori

Join us for this year's Tetsuo Najita Distinguished Lecture entitled America in Japan/ Japan in America: Towards a Topographical Analysis of Japanese Intellectual History from KOTOKU Shusui (1871-1911) to ETO Jun (1932-1999). Since the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, the search for a new style of narrative of Japanese intellectual history that focuses less on chronological development and more on spatial differences has gained significance. Professor Umemori calls this new style of narrative “topographical analysis of Japanese intellectual history.” His lecture will focus on several Japanese intellectuals who stayed in the United States and how their experiences affected their formation of ideas.

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Wed., Jan. 17, 2018

Religion and Religious Expression in the Academy and Public Life

Join the International House Global Voices Program, The Lumen Christi Institute, The Divinity School at The University of Chicago, and the Institute of Politics for a discussion on religion and religious expression in the academy and public life featuring Ross Douthat (New York Times op-ed columnist) and a panel of scholars, moderated by Willemien Otten (Professor of Theology and of the History of Christianity and Director of the Martin Marty Center for the Public Understanding of Religion at the University of Chicago Divinity School).

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Tue., Jan. 23, 2018

William Josephson on the Electoral College

Join the International House Global Voices Program in welcoming William Josephson, AB’52, senior advisor to the Sargent Shriver Peace Institute. A distinguished attorney and public servant who earned his A.B. from the University of Chicago, Josephson was awarded the University of Chicago Alumni Association’s Public Service Citation in 2007 and has recently been a Shriver Fellow at the University’s Institute of Politics.

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Sun., Jan. 28, 2018

The Chicago Ensemble 41st Season, Program II

Join the International House Global Voices Program and The Chicago Ensemble for the ensemble's 41st season of eclectic classical chamber music performances, featuring Gerald Rizzer, artistic director and pianist, and leading Chicago artists.  Enjoy an intimate setting, complimentary reception, and informal spoken program notes that provide the perfect chamber music experience.

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Sat., Feb. 10, 2018

WHPK 88.5 FM Chicago Jazz Format | 8th Annual Black History Month Celebration

Join us for a performance by The Charles Heath Septet at the Eighth Annual WHPK 88.5FM Jazz Format Black History Month Celebration of Jazz, Our Gift to the World, at International House. The concert will feature Charles "Rick" Heath on drums, Randle Watson on trumpet, Julius Tucker on piano, Nicholas Davis on bass, Lenard Simpson on saxophone, Royce Harrington-Turner on trombone, and Jacob Slocum on baritone saxophone. 

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Thu., Feb. 15, 2018

Libya, Modern Slavery, and the Global Migration Crisis

Join the International House Global Voices Program in partnership with Global Strategists Association and UChicago Association of Black Alumni as we present an event designed to educate the public on the issue of human trafficking and slavery using the tragic exposure of present-day slave trade in Libya and also connecting it to the human trafficking epidemic right here in Chicago.

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Tue., Feb. 20, 2018

America’s Mayors: Getting Stuff Done in 2018

Join the International House Global Voices Program and the IOP as we welcome a panel of mayors from cities across the United States. Together, they’ll discuss the ways in which their city governments have adapted to federal gridlock by creating innovative solutions to public problems – while waiting for Washington to catch up.

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Thu., Feb. 22, 2018

Ambassador Nikki R. Haley

Join the Global Voices Program and the University of Chicago Institute of Politics as we welcome Ambassador Nikki R. Haley, the United States’ Permanent Representative to the United Nations. Ambassador Haley previously served as Governor of South Carolina from 2011 to 2017. During her tenure at the United Nations, Ambassador Haley has prioritized organizational reform and the defense of human rights while addressing the international threat posed by North Korea.

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Fri., Feb. 23, 2018

Global Dance Series - Caribbean Night: Salsa and Bachata

Join International House and the Ballroom & Latin Dance Association for a night of the most popular Caribbean dances in the world! 

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Sun., Feb. 25, 2018

Balkan Rhythms & Dance

Join the International House Global Voices Program as we welcome John and Galia Kuo of Ensemble Balkanske Igre in a lecture, workshop, performance, and exhibition of traditional Balkan Rhythms and Dance. 

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Sun., Mar. 04, 2018

South Asian Music Ensemble Concert

The South Asian Music Ensemble is a special repertory ensemble in the Department of Music which explores a variety of classical, vernacular, and popular song styles from the Indian Subcontinent. The ensemble focuses on both vocal technique and instrumentalism, exploring various stylistic features, compositional forms, improvisational practices and performance conventions.

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