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
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.
Thu., Oct. 03, 2019
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.
Fri., Oct. 04, 2019
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.
Sun., Oct. 06, 2019
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!
Fri., Oct. 11, 2019
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.
Mon., Oct. 14, 2019
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."
Sat., Oct. 19, 2019
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.
Sun., Oct. 20, 2019
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.
Tue., Oct. 22, 2019
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?
Sat., Nov. 02, 2019
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!
Mon., Nov. 04, 2019
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.
Wed., Nov. 06, 2019
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.
Thu., Nov. 07, 2019
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.
Fri., Nov. 08, 2019
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.
Sun., Nov. 10, 2019
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.
Mon., Nov. 11, 2019
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.
Sat., Nov. 16, 2019
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.