2021-2022 Global Voices Performing Arts & Lecture Series

In light of communication from the University about COVID-19, International House is providing virtual, in-person, and hybrid programming for our community for Autumn Quarter. In-person programs are subject to restrictions; please read each event description carefully. Convenings are open to all invitees regardless of vaccination status and, because of ongoing health risks, particularly to the unvaccinated, participants are expected to adopt the risk mitigation measures (masking and social distancing, etc.) appropriate to their vaccination status as advised by public health officials or to their individual vulnerabilities as advised by a medical professional. Public convening may not be safe for all and carries a risk for contracting COVID-19, particularly for those unvaccinated. Participants will not know the vaccination status of others and should follow appropriate risk mitigation measures. We are complying with all University guidelines on the Go Forward website and, at this time, masks are required to be worn by unvaccinated and vaccinated attendees inside International House.


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.

2021-2022 Global Voices Performing Arts & Lecture Series

Sun., Aug. 15, 2021

Cultural Sunday: Drawing the Line, Connecting the Circle - Partition in South Asian Art

Join International House as we partner with Kalapriya Center for Indian Performing Arts for the Cultural Sundays Series. The Radcliffe Line is the boundary between the Indian and Pakistani portions of the provinces of Punjab and Bengal, named after its architect: Sir Cyril Radcliffe. Announced on the 17th of August 1947 – days after India and Pakistan acquired independence from British Rule – Radcliffe’s Line generated violent upheavals as millions migrated in haste across the new borders. Based on works in the new South Asian Galleries at the Peabody Essex Museum, this session traces the impact of the Line in Modern art on both sides of the border. We discuss how seemingly abstract motifs – zig zagging diagonals, split circles and bifurcated triangles – serve as visual metaphors for the painful parting of ways on the one hand, and for the birth of fledgling nations on the other.

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Wed., Sep. 15, 2021

[Virtual] Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz - “Not ‘A Nation of Immigrants’”

In partnership with Seminary Co-op Bookstores, join the International House Global Voices Lecture Series for a conversation with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz on her newest work, Not 'A Nation of Immigrants': Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy, and a History of Erasure and Exclusion. She will be joined in discussion by Harsha Walia.

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Sun., Sep. 19, 2021

[Virtual] Cultural Sunday: Poetry and Music of Faith - The Sufi Gospel Project

Join International House, in partnership with Kalapriya Center for Indian Performing Arts, as the Cultural Sundays series continues with multiple award-winning singer and composer, Sonam Kalra, who will recite and sing Sufi poetry and provide translations, explanations, and context for her works.

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Sat., Sep. 25, 2021

Hyde Park Jazz Festival

International House is proud to once again support the annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival for its 15th year. Each year, this jazz celebration features the finest artists in local, national, and international jazz. This year, there will be performances streamed from The Reva & David Logan Center for the Arts on Saturday afternoon in addition to pop-up concerts throughout the neighborhood on both Saturday and Sunday. 

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