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
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.
Wed., Sep. 20, 2017
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.
Sat., Sep. 23, 2017
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.
Wed., Sep. 27, 2017
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.
Fri., Sep. 29, 2017
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.
Sun., Oct. 01, 2017
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.
Tue., Oct. 03, 2017
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.
Thu., Oct. 05, 2017
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.
Thu., Oct. 05, 2017
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.
Fri., Oct. 06, 2017
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!
Mon., Oct. 09, 2017
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.
Tue., Oct. 10, 2017
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.
Thu., Oct. 12, 2017
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.
Thu., Oct. 19, 2017
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.
Fri., Oct. 20, 2017
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.
Sat., Oct. 21, 2017
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!
Tue., Oct. 24, 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.
Wed., Oct. 25, 2017
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.
Sat., Oct. 28, 2017
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.
Mon., Oct. 30, 2017
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.
Sun., Nov. 05, 2017
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.
Sat., Nov. 11, 2017
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.
Wed., Nov. 15, 2017
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.
Sun., Nov. 19, 2017
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.
Fri., Dec. 01, 2017
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.
Wed., Dec. 06, 2017
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.
Thu., Dec. 07, 2017
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?"
Thu., Jan. 11, 2018
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.
Wed., Jan. 17, 2018
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).
Tue., Jan. 23, 2018
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.
Sun., Jan. 28, 2018
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.
Sat., Feb. 10, 2018
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.
Thu., Feb. 15, 2018
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.
Tue., Feb. 20, 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.
Thu., Feb. 22, 2018
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.
Fri., Feb. 23, 2018
Join International House and the Ballroom & Latin Dance Association for a night of the most popular Caribbean dances in the world!
Sun., Feb. 25, 2018
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.
Wed., Feb. 28, 2018
BlacKorea is based on filmmaker Patti Kim Gill's life, born to a Korean mother and an African-American father in Chicago, and takes an honest look at stereotypes resulting from two cultures colliding. Join us in the Tiffin Boardroom for a special Reimaginations discussion around the topic of Identity on Wednesday, February 28, 6PM-8PM.
Thu., Mar. 01, 2018
Join the International House Global Voices Program as we welcome Stav Shaffir, the youngest female Parliament member in Israeli history and a progressive voice in Israel's left-wing party. She rose to prominence after her leading role in the 2011 social justice protests, Israel’s largest ever cross-party protest, mobilizing hundreds of thousands of Israelis to take to the streets and set up protest camps throughout the country. Join us at International House for a discussion on progressive movement and social activism with Stav Shaffir. A reception will precede the discussion.
Fri., Mar. 02, 2018
This year's Inter-Policy School Summit will focus on the relationship between cybersecurity and trade. The opening session will feature keynote speaker Nicholas Percoco, Chief Security Officer of Uptake. Percoco is an entrepeneur, cyber and national security expert, ethical hacker, and TEDx speaker.
Sun., Mar. 04, 2018
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.
Tue., Mar. 13, 2018
The International House Global Voices Program, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, and the Center for International Social Science Research at the University of Chicago will host will host a memorial symposium honoring the life and work of Professor Mark Q. Sawyer. Professor Sawyer's pioneering work in the comparative study of race in the Americas as well as his commitment to mentorship and institution-building have produced a generation of scholars, reshaped the study of race and ethnicity in political science, and created new fields of inquiry across a number of disciplines.
Fri., Mar. 23, 2018
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.
Sun., Mar. 25, 2018
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.
Thu., Mar. 29, 2018
Join the International House Global Voices Performing Arts & Lecture Series for a lecture and performance by Lisa Schonberg and the Secret Drum Band. Lisa Schonberg is a composer and percussionist with a background in ecology and entomology. Her practice uses field recording, writing, and music composition to document and bring more attention to topics concerning ecology, endangered species, and threatened habitats, often through multimedia collaborations.
Sat., Apr. 07, 2018
The International House Global Voices Program and the Canadian Consulate in Chicago are collaborating with Asian Pop-Up Cinema, a Chicago-based Asian film festival, to premiere some critically acclaimed films made by Asian Canadian filmmakers with strong references to their Chinese roots. This one-day special engagement will feature two documentaries and one narrative drama, as well as a discussion with filmmaker Ann Marie Fleming. Click here for the program's film schedule.
Fri., Apr. 13, 2018
Join International House and the African Caribbean Students’ Association in hosting a cultural show on campus in order to showcase and celebrate the art, music, and food of different cultures within the African diaspora. Tickets: $12 in advance / $15 at the door, click here to purchase
Sat., Apr. 14, 2018
Join the International House Global Voices Program and the UChicago Animal Welfare Society for the Annual Intersectional Animal Rights Talk by LGBTQ+ and Animal Rights Activist, Jasmin Singer. Singer will incorporate readings from her memoir, Always too Much and Never Enough, in which she discusses her journey towards a healthier relationship with food.
Tue., Apr. 17, 2018
The Jeju Reconciliation Conference aims to review and assess the effort to raise global awareness about Jeju 4.3, or the 1948 uprising on Jeju island, and to make progress toward restorative justice, societal healing, and reconciliation.
Thu., Apr. 19, 2018
Join the IOP and the International House Global Voices Program as we welcome Madeleine Albright, former US Secretary of State under President Clinton. Before becoming the first woman ever to hold the position, Secretary Albright served in the National Security Council and as the United States’ Permanent Representative to the United Nations. Registration is required.
Sat., Apr. 21, 2018
Founded in November of 2009 with a handful of devoted and passionate dancers and musicians, Dukati and Biseri Folklore Ensemble has grown into a performing ensemble representing Serbian and Macedonian folklore through the performing arts. The ensemble spans from adolescents to adults who are brought together for the same passion and love of traditional music and dance. Join International House in welcoming the Dukati and Biseri Folklore Ensemble for an annual concert on April 21, 2018.
Sun., Apr. 22, 2018
Join the Global Voices Program and The Chicago Ensemble for the Ensemble's 41st Season of eclectic classical chamber music performances, with the first half featuring Baroque music by Alessandro Scarlatti, Handel, Fasch and Vivaldi, while the second half offers 20th century music by Martinů, Piazzola and Dominick Argento. Enjoy an intimate setting, complimentary reception, and informal spoken program notes that provide the perfect chamber music experience.
Fri., Apr. 27, 2018
Want to learn how to gracefully glide across a dance floor? Join International House and the Ballroom & Latin Dance Association to learn some of the most popular ballroom dances in the world!
Sat., Apr. 28, 2018
Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry has served as the Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States since March 13, 2017. Prior to this he served as the Foreign Secretay of Pakistan as well as the Foreign Office Spokesman. Overseas, he served as Ambassador of Pakistan to the Netherlands, where he engaged in active public diplomacy in cooperation with Pakistani community to win friends for Pakistan. He has completed many years as a Member of the Foreign Service of Pakistan with 37 years of multilateral political experience.
Tue., May. 01, 2018
Alash are masters of Tuvan throat singing, a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. Along with their mastery of traditional Tuvan instruments, Alash is deeply committed to traditional Tuvan music and culture, while believing that traditioinal music can evolve. Join Alash at International House as they perform their own unique style of Tuvan throat singing that is fresh and new, yet true to their Tuvan musical heritage. Click here to read an article by Global Voices Metcalf Fellow, Sophie Desch.
Thu., May. 03, 2018
The International House Global Voices Program and the Chicago Project on Security and Threats (CPOST) invite you to a conversation with Mark Lippert, former US Ambassador to South Korea (2014-2017), moderated by Dr. Robert Pape, Professor of Political Science and CPOST faculty director.
Sat., May. 05, 2018
The International House Global Voices Program is proud to present TEXxUChicago's 2018 conference: Look Again. This event aims to re-frame, re-define, and re-focus perspectives in order to present a new outlook and highlight issues that have been forgotten and cast aside. Here, "ideas worth spreading" will be heard from voices in the Chicago community to take a fresh approach to familiar topics by "looking agin" at them.
Fri., May. 11, 2018
The LAM Policy 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. In past years, the event has hosted relevant policymakers and leaders, such as former Latin American Presidents, current and former ministers, Latin American ambassadors to the US, and policy experts.
Fri., May. 18, 2018
Join us as we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Resources for Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP) during a luncheon discussion featuring the former Director of RSVP, a former Associate Dean for Student Affairs, the Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline Director, and a current UChicago peer educator. The panel will be moderated by the current Director of RSVP, Vickie R. Sides. Panelists will discuss how campus prevention work has changed over the last 25 years, politically, socially and institutionally. The discussion will provide a space to interrogate what has worked well and where challenges persist, with an eye to the relative merits and challenges of having institutionalized anti-violence programs on campus, specifically prevention programs.
Sat., May. 19, 2018
You are invited to join International House, the Shakespeare Project of Chicago, and the Lumen Christi Institute for a special staged reading of a new play by Rowan Willams, Shakeshafte, a "fantasia" on the possible relationship between William Shakespeare and Edmund Campion. Reception at 2:30pm. Registration is suggested. Please click here to register.
Sun., May. 20, 2018
Experience a cultural legacy as the traditional concepts of the Japanese arts of the taiko (Japanese drum) are expanded and evolved by Tsukasa Taiko with special guests: Shubukai (Japanese classical dance).
Thu., May. 31, 2018
Join the International House Global Voices Program and the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights in welcoming Professor Carol Anderson of Emory University for the annual Robert H. Kirschner Human Rights Memorial Lecture. Anderson is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies at Emory University and a 2018-19 John Simon Guggenheim Fellow in Constitutional Studies. Her research and teaching focus on public policy, particularly the ways that domestic and international policies intersect through the issues of race, justice, and equality in the United States. Advance registration is strongly advised. Register here.
Sat., Jun. 02, 2018
Join international alumni, International House staff & graduate students, and the Alumni Club of Chicago as they co-host the Around the World Wine Tasting. This time honored reception will excite and teach us about wines from select regions across the globe. Enjoy a performance by an acclaimed Chicago world music ensemble while you connect with old and new friends recalling fond international memories of study, travel, work, and friendship.
Sun., Jun. 03, 2018
Join International House and the Alumni Club of Chicago for a special concert featuring The Chicago Ensemble and a pre-concert champagne reception. The Chicago Ensemble is known for its eclectic programs that combine masterworks with surprising selections by composers past and present. Raise your glass and toast the conclusion of the 85th anniversary yearlong celebration of International House and enjoy a chamber music concert led by virtuoso pianist Gerald Rizzer, AB’62, and members of the Chicago Ensemble.
Thu., Jun. 21, 2018
Make Music Chicago returns to International House for a day of free performances. Musicians, amateur and professional alike, join in celebrating Hyde Park’s own iteration of this fantastic global event. Over 700 cities around the world come together on the longest day of the year to celebrate music and music making. Taking its cue from the Fête de la Musique, a national musical holiday in France, Make Music Chicago has been bringing together musicians of all ages and skill levels, neighborhoods and specialties. From Hyde Park to Humboldt Park, venues all over the city provide performances that are free for musicians and audience members alike.