Past Events

You'll find some of our most recently archived events listed below.

Block Party: A Celebration of Arts and Culture on Garfield Boulevard

In celebration of the development of Washington Park’s artistic and cultural potential, Arts + Public Life and the Office of Civic Engagement at the University of Chicago are hosting a Block Party. The plan for Garfield Boulevard, between Prairie Avenue and King Drive will be presented and attendees will experience the culture of Washington Park through fun activities, eclectic food vendors and music and dance performances. Celebrate the artistic and cultural potential of the Washington Park neighborhood. Check out the draft plan for the Garfield Boulevard corridor and provide feedback while enjoying a wide range of fun activities, performances, and a variety of food vendors.  Visit for more information


Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts – Through August

The University of Chicago’s Arts + Public Life initiative, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, and Logan Center Exhibitions present Testimony, an exhibition featuring the 2013/2014 Arts + Public Life/Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture artists-in-residence. Coming from diverse disciplines and approaches but finding common ground in their interest in oral culture (both musical and discursive) David Boykin, Krista Franklin, and Andres L. Hernandez set out to develop ambitious new works that move beyond the act of witnessing towards laying truth claims and also grounding fantasies.

Special Events:

Sunday, July 20, 12–1:30 pm, Café LoganPublic discussion with Andres L. Hernandez as part of the ongoing series

Absence is Fullness: A (E)utopian Assembly

Wednesday, July 23, 6–7:30 pm, Café Logan

Krista Franklin in conversation with Alexander Weheliye

Wednesday, August 27, 6-7:30 pm, Café Logan

David Boykin in conversation with Nicole Mitchell

Photo Credit: David Boykin in collaboration with Angel Elmore and Kasandra Skistad, 2014, Drone of Testimony: A Vigil Against US Drone Attacks, installation view, four channel video and sound (20:36), paper; photo by Mitch Marr

Chicago’s Watershed: A 156-Mile Choreography

June 27 - 28, 2014

Clinard Dance Theatre’s new Chicago’s Watershed: A 156-Mile Choreography, takes Stravinsky’s revolutionary Rite of Spring as a launching off point for an exploration of the ebb and flow of life along the Chicago River. Driven by Wendy Clinard’s original flamenco-based choreography and with musical accompaniment by Estrella Duo and video-projected ink work by Dmitry Samarov, Chicago’s Watershed is a striking rhythmic dialogue between city, man and river.

This program also features excerpts from Clinard Dance’s critically acclaimed repertory work From the Arctic to the Middle East: (Broken Narratives by an American Flamenco Dancer)

General Admission – $25 / $10 students with a valid ID
VIP Ticket (Saturday only) – $55 includes preferred seating, complimentary drink, and a show poster

A contemporary dance company on the leading edge of American flamenco, Clinard Dance brings together people from a diverse range of artistic disciplines and cultural backgrounds to create provocative works that explore personal and global concerns that connect the audience to the world through art.

This event will take place June 27-28 at 8:00 pm in the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts Performance Hall. For tickets, please visit

Festival of Nations

May 18, 2014

Join International House residents, alumni and various Chicago-based community organizations for an afternoon of cultural celebration featuring food, music, dance and exhibits from all over the world. Enjoy the showcases of many artistic talents of the I-House resident community, a community of many languages and cultures that help us communicate across barriers. Experience and celebrate a whole world of cultures! Join your friends and neighbors of the International House as they share colors, rhythms, and flavors from across the globe. Music, crafts, dancing, activities, and lots more!


This event will take place from 8am – 11pm in the Assembly Hall of International House at the University of Chicago.

Very Warm for May

May 18, 2014

Songs about Spring and Love: Brahm’s Liebeslieder Waltzes with pianists Kit Bridges and Don Seitz and soloists Tambra Black, and various members of Chorale.

Also featuring Poulenc’s Les Chemins de l’Amour, Grieg’s Vâren, Vaughan Williams’ Ca’ the Yowes, and Jerome Kern’s All the Things You Are.
Tickets:  $35/25/15 (Reserved/General/Student)

This event will take place at 2pm at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th Street. For more information, please visit

WHPK Jazz Film: The Bootleg Series Volume One

May 17, 2014

In honor of Miles Davis’ birthday (May 26, 1926), the WHPK Jazz Format’s
REEL Jazz Film Series will be screening The Miles Davis 1967 European Tour in the International House Home Room, also featuring Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams.
Free and open to the public.

Presented by the Global Voices Film Series and WHPK.

Art, Wine, And Entertainment: A.W.E. DU You!

May 16, 2014

Encourage the artist within yourself and participate in “hands on” artistic demonstrations.  Creation Stations will be throughout the Museum to encourage you to express yourself through painting, sculpting, or drawing.  In A.W.E. style there will be art, spoken word performances, music, light refreshments, wine and much more!

No artistic skills required!
$15 in Advance
$20 at the door.
For More information call 772 947-0600

This event will take place at 7 pm at the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Place.

National Forum on Police Brutality

May 16 - 17, 2014

This national forum, initiated by the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, will bring together many of their founding and lifetime members with organizers and scholar/activists from local movements against police crimes in Chicago, the Bay Area, New York, Los Angeles, Baltimore, and other cities. The forum will discuss how police crimes affect labor rights, immigrant rights, LGBTQ rights, women, and the repression of people for progressive political activities – the very things that spurred many to found the NAARPR 41 years ago.


This event will take place on May 16, 2014 from 12-6pm and May 17, 2014 from 9am-4pm in the International House Assembly Hall.

An Evening with Jazz Great Kahil El’ Zabar

May 10, 2014

7:00PM  – Viewing of “Be Known” A documentary that explores the life and career of  jazz multi-instrumentalist and composer Kahil El’ Zabar.
9:00 PM – Performance by The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble featuring Kahil El Zabar, Corey Wilkes, Ernest Dawkins.

Admission: DuSable Museum Members – $10.00
General Admission – $15.00
For more information call 773 947-0600

This event will take place at the DuSable Museum of African American History located at 740 E. 56th Place.

China and the World: Business, Politics, and International Relations in the Age of an Asian Superpower

May 10, 2014

The University of Chicago’s China and the World conference will focus on major themes in economics, foreign policy, and Chinese society, and we hope to explore the consequences of China’s changing position within the international system and gain a better understanding of some of the headwinds currently facing China from an economic and diplomatic perspective. The conference will comprise three panels on (i) financial and economic transformation in China, (ii) international relations in the age of an Asian superpower, and (iii) social change and Chinese politics.

An audience Q&A session with the speakers will follow the discussion. Dinner provided.

This event will take place from 9am – 6pm in the Assembly Hall at International House of the University of Chicago.