Spring 2019 Programs

Spring Quarter Programs

Mon., Apr. 01, 2019

His Excellency President Nana Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana

The International House Global Voices Program welcomed His Excellency President Nana Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana to discuss his fifty years of public service, his vision for the future of Ghana, and the relationship between Ghana and the United States. This event was co-sponsored with the Institute of Politics. Photos from the event can be found here and the video here.

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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 examined 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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Thu., Apr. 18, 2019

IOP: Live Recording of “The Axe Files” with Valerie B. Jarrett

Join Interational House and the IOP as we welcome former White House Senior Advisor Valerie B. Jarrett for a live recording of “The Axe Files” podcast, hosted by Institute Director David Axelrod. She will discuss her path to public service, her perspective on news of the day, and her new book, Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward.

This event is free and open to the public. Please register for tickets here.

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Fri., Apr. 19, 2019

Nativism, White Power, and Anti Immigrant Violence in the US

On April 19-20, 2019, Professors Kathleen Belew and Ramón Gutiérrez, of the University of Chicago’s History Department, will convene a two-day conference on “Nativism, White Power, and Anti-Immigrant Violence in the United States.” The conference will be broadly inclusive of current humanities and social sciences research on the conference themes.

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Mon., Apr. 22, 2019

UChicago Common Book Initiative: An Evening with Thi Bui

Join International House for a conversation with Thi Bui, award-winning author of The Best We Could Do, the inaugural Common Book selection. The graphic novel details the author and her family's journey from Vietnam to the United States as part of the wave of the refugees in the 1970s. A book signing will take place after the lecture. 

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Thu., Apr. 25, 2019

So You Want to Start a Movement? Ai-jen Poo & George Goehl

Join International House and IOP as we welcome community organizers Ai-jen Poo and George Goehl to discuss their life in organizing and their perspective on the grassroots movements affecting the direction of American politics – from climate change to labor rights and more.

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Sat., Apr. 27, 2019

Jazz Appreciation Month Concert - Spring is Here

Join the International House Global Voices Performing Arts Series and WHPK 88.5 FM Jazz as we celebrate Jazz Appreciation month with our 9th Annual Jazz: Our Gift to the World event: A Tribute to the Jazz Crusaders. This event will feature the Ernest Dawkins Ensemble.

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Tue., Apr. 30, 2019

A Conversation with John Prendergast of the Enough Project

Join the Masters of Arts in International Development and Policy Program and International House for a conversation with human rights and anti-corruption activist as well as a New York Times best-selling author, John Prendergast. Focusing on peace in Africa for over thirty-five years he founded and is the Director of the Enough Project, a policy organization aimed at countering genocide and crimes against humanity. Please join us at 5 PM for a reception before the lecture.

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Thu., May. 02, 2019

Dengue Fever

Join International House as we welcome LA-Based Cambodian and indie rock band, Dengue Fever. Dengue Fever are recognized for their trademark blend of sixties Cambodian pop and psychedelic rock. 

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Sat., May. 04, 2019

‘Enchanted Islands: A Travelogue’ by Spektral Quartet

International House and the University of Chicago Department of Music welcome the ensemble-in-residence Spektral Quartet as they present Christopher Trapani's Isolario: Book of Known Islands and the world premiere of Isolario: Book 2, a commission stemming from the quartet's time at the American Academy in Rome. Sharing the program's island theme is Schubert's riveting Rosamunde, a high drama harkening back to the island of Cypress in mythology.

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Mon., May. 06, 2019

Cinco De Mayo Celebration

Join International House and UChicago Medicine for a night celebrating Cinco De Mayo and learning about healthcare initiatives among the Latinx population!

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Tue., May. 07, 2019

2019 CSRPC Annual Public Lecture: Jose Antonio Vargas

Join us for the CSRPC's Annual Public Lecture featuring Jose Antonio Vargas, a noted journalist, filmmaker, and immigration rights activist. Born in the Philippines and raised in the United States as an undocumented citizen, Vargas has been vocal about the politics of immigration and the toll it takes on the American family, society, and beyond. Vargas recently won the Pulitzer Prize for his book, "Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen," and will also be doing a book signing as part of the event.

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Fri., May. 10, 2019

7th Annual LAM Forum: Challenges in Latin America: Democracy and Development

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.

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Sat., May. 11, 2019

Dukati and Biseri Folklore Ensemble Annual Concert

The Dukati and Biseri Folklore Ensemble brings Serbian and Macedonian traditions from the Balkans to the stage with authentic choreography, instrumental and vocal performances, and traditional costumes. The intricate traditions that the ensemble brings to life on stage are over one hundred years old and have been passed through families for generations. Ever since their beginning in 2009, the ensemble has been preserving folk tradition through their research, performance, and restoration projects. 

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Wed., May. 15, 2019

At an Impasse: Understanding the “Deal of the Century”

Join International House and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies as we welcome Noura Erakat for this year's 2019 Annual Talat Isabelle Othman Lecture. 

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Thu., May. 16, 2019

Our Gitanjali

Join International House and the Chicago Folklore Society for Our Gitanjali, a night of Bengali music and reflection on the devotional songs of Rabindranath Tagore. This event is free and open to the public.

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Sat., May. 18, 2019

2019 UChicago Graduate China Forum

Founded in 2015, The University of Chicago Graduate China Forum is one of the most important student-run forums in the Midwestern United States. It aims to promote intellectual exchange and bilateral cooperation between the U.S. and China by creating a platform for presenting diverse perspectives on contemporary U.S.-China issues.

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Tue., May. 21, 2019

Ben Rhodes Book Discussion

International House and the Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts are hosting an event featuring Ben Rhodes, the Deputy National Security Advisor for former President Barack Obama. Rhodes will share anecdotes and a behind-the-scenes look at his time in the Obama Administration as chronicled in his New York Times bestseller, The World as It Is.

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Wed., May. 22, 2019

Memorial Day Program

Join International House and the Office of the Provost to celebrate Memorial Day with former U.S. Under Secretary of the Army Patrick J. Murphy. Mr. Murphy was the Acting Secretary of the Army under President Obama and remained in the position until May 18, 2016. This event is free and open to the public with regestration.

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Thu., Jun. 06, 2019

2019 Kirschner Lecture: Dean Spade Solidarity Not Charity: Mutual Aid for Mobilization and Survival

This annual lecture honors the life and work of Robert H. Kirschner, noted forensic pathologist and a founder of the UChicago Pozen Family Center for Human Rights. Dean Spade is an associate professor at Seattle University School of Law, where he teaches administrative law, poverty law, gender and law, policing and imprisonment, and law and social movements. Spade founded the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a nonprofit law collective that provides free legal services to transgender, intersex, and gender nonconforming people who are low income and/or people of color. He is the author of Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law, and he directed a documentary titled Pinkwashing Exposed: Seattle Fights Back!

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Fri., Jun. 07, 2019

Traditional Candlelight Ceremony & Reception

Sunday Supper is one of the oldest traditions at International House. It dates back to the very early 20th century before the first International House in New York was established in 1924. The idea of Sunday Supper began with Harry Edmonds, a YMCA official in New York and founder of the International House idea, who often invited international students to his house for supper. Today, this event brings together the entire International House community. This event is exclusively for International House alumni and graduate students who are at least 21 years of age. Registration is required here.

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Sat., Jun. 08, 2019

“Science and Cinema” with Dr. Marius Stan, MBA’07

Scientists and movie makers are creators driven by curiosity. Using different methods, they passionately create and communicate knowledge and emotions. With the expansion of computation and artificial intelligence, the scientific and artistic methodologies have increased in complexity and are evolving as partners in shaping the human society. In this talk, Marius Stan discusses the interplay between science and cinema using as examples video clips from movies and computer simulations.

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Sat., Jun. 08, 2019

International House Around the World Wine Tasting

Join international alumni, International House staff and graduate students, and the Alumni Club of Chicago as they co-host the Around the World Wine Tasting. This time-honored reception will 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.

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Sun., Jun. 09, 2019

The Chicago Ensemble 42nd Season, Program IV

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 Mozart, Bliss, Saint-Saëns, and Piston make up The Chicago Ensemble’s fourth program in the group’s ambitious 42nd season. 

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