2018-2019 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.

2018-2019 Global Voices Performing Arts & Lecture Series

Tue., Jan. 08, 2019

International Houses Worldwide Event: Seventy Years of India-US Relations: Prospects and Challenges

International House at the University of Chicago is collaborating with the UChicago Delhi Center, the Indo-American Friendship Association, and the India Habitat Centre for this panel discussion that will examine the bilateral relationship between India and The United States both from an historical perspective and with a look ahead to the future. The panel will discuss and debate what the past seventy years has meant for the India-US partnership and will look ahead to prospects and challenges for the future.

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Sun., Jan. 13, 2019

The Chicago Ensemble 42nd Season, Program II

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 40 years. Pieces by Schubert and Schumann make up The Chicago Ensemble’s second program in the group’s ambitious 42nd season. 

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Sun., Jan. 13, 2019

International Houses Worldwide Event: I-House Day Tokyo

Join fellow Alumni and friends to celebrate the I-House spirit for I-House Day Tokyo on Sunday, January 13. I-House Days are a wonderful way to meet, reconnect and gather with fellow Alumni in your city.

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Mon., Jan. 14, 2019

Black String: A Lunch Conversation

Join the University of Chicago's Center for East Asia Studies and International House as we welcome Black String members, Yoon Jeong Heo, Jean Oh, Aram Lee, and Min Wang Hwang to engage in a conversation about their music careers and impressive repertoire which focuses on improvisation as an important aspect of Korean traditional music and attempts to create a unique language through Asian intuition and musical idiom.

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Wed., Jan. 16, 2019

Kreisman Panel Discussion: Space, Equity, and Lessons Learned from the Housing Field

International House hosts the Kreisman Initiative on Housing Law & Policy, a partnership between the University of Chicago Law School, Office of Civic Engagement, and the Mansueto Institute, which brings together the fields of urban science and law to advance housing scholarship and generate new ideas about cities and housing. The conversation will explore the definition of spatial inequity with panelists from academia, practice, policy, and activism. 

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Thu., Jan. 31, 2019

Pluralism in a Polarized Age: Navigating Our Deepest Differences Together

In our increasingly polarized society, how do we speak to one another about our deepest beliefs? Can we even bring our personal religious and political convictions to bear in the university and other public spaces? And how does pluralism contribute to greater flourishing in our society? Join us as two of our nation’s leading voices on pluralism discuss their own beliefs and what it means to bring one’s whole person (including one’s religious, political, and ethical convictions) into the public square with confidence and humility.

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Fri., Feb. 01, 2019

Press Play > Globalizing Your Classroom Through Film

The 11th International Education Conference will explore how educators can use films to bring international content into their classrooms. Sessions will be led by Milos Stehlik of Facets Multimedia, Amanda Friedeman of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, Christina Thornell of Vox.com, and Fareed Mostoufi of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. 

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Tue., Feb. 05, 2019

Meet Sweet Honey In The Rock

Sweet Honey takes center stage as part of the International House Global Voices Program. The ensemble presents stories and other selections in this special 45th anniversary celebration.

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Thu., Feb. 07, 2019

Readings in World Literatures Winter Lecture

Join us for this annual event, this year led by Professor Malynne Sterstein. "Nabokov’s tragedy, then, worthy of an autobiography, could be said to be a personal modern tragedy: the story of a life in an age—historically and by one’s personal clock—where one dwells in exile from language per se, where translation—with its attendant miscommunications, mistakes, misrecognitions—is the only possible medium of communication.  It is all too easy to identify, to pretend to understand and to nod.  That move would take care of the exilic dilemma once and for all.  That’s an easy read.  But it’s also the truly cruel one."

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Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

Common Book Initiative

Join Global Voices and the Center for Identity + Inclusion for this year's Common Book Initiative. As part of the University of Chicago’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, the UChicago Common Book Initiative strives to enhance campus climate and build community through a shared experience of reading the same book and engaging in dialogues across campus. Come discuss Thi Bui's graphic novel "The Best We Could Do" with peers and community members.

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Thu., Feb. 21, 2019

IOP Speaker Series: U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)

Join us as we welcome U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) for a conversation with IOP Director David Axelrod. U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2016 after representing Illinois’s Eighth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives for two terms. She is an Iraq War Veteran, Purple Heart recipient and former Assistant Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Fri., Feb. 22, 2019

Analyze Your Options

The OCC and The Options Industry Council with the University of Chicago and Barron's Group invite you to hear representatives from the Options Industry Council, Barron's Group, TD Ameritrade, Charles Schwab, Fidelity, TABB Group, E*Trade, William Blair, Cboe, Box Options Exchange, Options Play, and SpiderRock.

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Wed., Feb. 27, 2019

4th Annual Green Careers Panel

Join the Phoenix Sustainability Initiative to hear from four environmental professionals across a diverse range of environmental careers. Panelists will discuss their current job experiences, speak about their work and career trajectories, discuss the skills they find most valuable, and analyze challenges they have faced in their work. The panelists will also help students majoring in Environmental Studies, Environmental Science, Political Science, Public Policy, Economics, as well as anyone with an interest in a “green” career, to gain a better understanding of the opportunities present in an evolving and relevant field.

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Thu., Feb. 28, 2019

Black History Month: Celebrating Global Diversity in the African Diaspora

The International House Global Voices Program and the Global Strategists Association invite you to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures represented throughout the Chicagoland area. The event will include networking and fellowship opportunities, as well as a speech from Keynote Speaker Ms. Phumzile Mazibuko, Consul General of the South African Consulate in Chicago.

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Sun., Mar. 03, 2019

South Asian Music Ensemble Winter Showcase

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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Thu., Mar. 07, 2019

The Transatlantic Alliance: Opportunities and Challenges

Join International House & The Chicago Eric M. Warburg Chapter of the American Council on Germany, in welcoming Alexander Kulitz. This free event will provide discussion with Alexander Kulitz, a member of the German Dundestag, as he discusses the opportunities and challenges posed by the transatlantic alliance.

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Sun., Mar. 10, 2019

The Chicago Ensemble 42nd Season, Program III

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 40 years. Pieces by Haydn, Caplet, Muczynski, and Poulenc make up The Chicago Ensemble’s third program in the group’s ambitious 42nd season. 

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Sat., Mar. 23, 2019

54th Anniversary Spring Festival of Eastern European Music and Dance

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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Sat., Apr. 06, 2019

Race, Class, and Animal Welfare with Speaker Christopher S. McJetters

Christopher McJetters is the director of social media for Peace Advocacy Network. His talk will examine current and historical connections between Black liberation and animal liberation in U.S. American cultre and throughout the global west.

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Thu., Apr. 11, 2019

Human Rights Crisis in Xinjiang

The status of Western China's Muslim minorities has long been a sensitive point in Chinese domestic policy. But in the past two years, state pressure on these communities has drastically increased. This panel brings together activists, policy experts, and leading scholars on the human rights crisis in Xinjiang.

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