Cultural Events

The Fall 2016 Cultural Season

Welcome to the fall season of arts and ideas, excitement and wonder on the arboretum campus of Elmhurst College. All cultural events are open to the public. Lecture tickets are available online or at the door, depending on availability. For more information or to check ticket availability, call (630) 617-5186.


Hamilton: The Revolution
Jeremy McCarter

Jeremy McCarter has known Lin-Manuel Miranda since Miranda’s white-hot, Tony Award–winning musical Hamilton was in its earliest stages. A cultural critic and theatre artist, McCarter describes his best-selling companion book Hamilton: The Revolution, which he co-authored with Miranda, as a chronicle of two revolutions—the American Revolution of the 18th century, and that of Hamilton itself, “a musical that changes the way that Broadway sounds ... that lets us glimpse the new, more diverse America rushing our way.”

The Roland Quest Lecture Series
Tuesday, September 20, 7:00 p.m.
Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel
Hamilton: The Revolution will be available for purchase.
Admission $10


Revelations: Banner Paintings
Glen C. Davies

In the late 1960s as a student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Glen C. Davies fell under the spell of the great museums and Chicago’s homegrown “Imagism” pop art genre. These influences led to Davies’ recurring art themes of figural fantasies, spiritual conflict and the journey toward enlightenment. Davies also spent some time traveling with circuses and carnivals, and came to see the canvas banners used to promote sideshow attractions as a compelling way to present his own art work. He has been painting and displaying some of his work in the banner format throughout the past 30 years.

Monday, September 19 through Friday, November 11
Public reception Tuesday, September 20, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.; artist’s talk at 5:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
Admission is free


Voices Across the Divide
Alice Rothchild

Voices Across the Divide is a powerful documentary exploring the Israeli/Palestinian conflict through rarely heard personal stories. It was directed and co-produced by Alice Rothchild, a physician and American Jew raised on the tragedies of the Holocaust and the dream of Israel as the Jewish homeland. The film follows her personal journey as she begins to explore the Palestinian experience of loss, occupation, statelessness and immigration. Sponsored by the Elmhurst College Department of Religious Studies, Niebuhr Center and Office of the Chaplain.

Thursday, October 13, 7:30 p.m.
Schaible Science Center, Illinois Hall
Admission is free


Ethical Intelligence: Becoming Stronger Leaders, Citizens and Friends
Bruce Weinstein

Popular Forbes columnist Bruce Weinstein writes about character, leadership and “ethical intelligence,” and shows business professionals how to make decisions that are consistent with their values. Known as The Ethics Guy, Weinstein believes the key to professional and personal success is not just emotional intelligence, but also ethical intelligence. While emotionally intelligent people are aware of how they and others feel, ethically intelligent people know how to use this awareness in the right way.

Sponsored in part by BMO Harris Bank.

The Rudolf G. Schade Lecture on History, Ethics and the Law
Thursday, October 20, 7:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
Admission $10


Order in the Court: The Supreme Court and the Confirmation Process
Geoffrey R. Stone

An authority on civil rights, constitutional law and the First Amendment, Geoffrey R. Stone is the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor in the University of Chicago Law School. He has written numerous articles concerning freedom of speech and the press, freedom of religion, the constitutionality of police use of secret agents and informants, and the U.S. Supreme Court. A former law clerk to Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan Jr., Professor Stone is an editor of The Supreme Court Review, and recently served on the President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies.

Sponsored in part by BMO Harris Bank.

The Rudolf G. Schade Lecture on History, Ethics and the Law
Thursday, November 10, 7:00 p.m.

Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel
Admission $10


The Addams Family: A New Musical
Elmhurst College Theatre

Directed by Janice Pohl
Music direction by Scott Uddenberg
Choreography by Amy Lyn McDonald

The twisted, iconic and truly Gothic American family has arrived on the musical theatre stage, a land where girl still meets boy, parents object, and everybody sings about it. Authors Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice (Jersey Boys) and composer Andrew Lippa (Big Fish) create an original story for the gruesome family residing on Mockingbird Lane. The younger generation is revolting, parents are at the end of their rope, and middle-class values are skewered with the macabre yet familiar characters that cartoonist Charles Addams launched in 1938.

Thursday, October 6 through Sunday, October 9
Thursday, October 13 through Sunday, October 15

8:00 p.m. Thursdays—Saturdays; 2:00 p.m. on Sundays
Elmhurst College Mill Theatre

For tickets, contact the Mill Theatre Box Office at or (630) 617-3005.


The State of LGBT Health: Opportunities for Action
Brian Mustanski

Brian Mustanski is director of the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing, and founder of the IMPACT LGBT Health and Development Program at Northwestern University. The majority of his research focuses on the health and development of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth and the application of new media and technology to sexual health promotion and HIV prevention. An associate professor of medical social sciences, psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern, Mustanski also is co-director of the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research.

The William R. Johnson Lecture
Wednesday, October 26, 4:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
Admission $10


Twenty Years Later: A Mass and Remembrance For Cardinal Joseph Bernardin
Monsignor Kenneth Velo

For more than a decade, Monsignor Kenneth Velo was the close friend and trusted aide of the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, one of the most influential and revered Catholic prelates in American history. In November of 1996, during the cardinal’s funeral, Monsignor Velo delivered a spirited homily that brought the audience to its feet. On the 20th anniversary of Cardinal Bernardin’s death, Monsignor Velo will preside over a memorial mass at Elmhurst College and reflect on the enduring legacy of Bernardin’s ministry.

The Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Lecture
Monday, November 14, 7:30 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
Admission is free


The World Music Series
Olé! The Worldwide Influence of the Music of Spain

Capturing a wide range of international cultures and musical styles, the Elmhurst College World Music Series opens this year with Olé! The Worldwide Influence of the Music of Spain, featuring the music of Astor Piazzolla, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Antonio Vivaldi and others. Performers include violin soloists Dmitri Pogorelov and Francois Henkins and cello soloist Jean Hatmaker, as well as Elmhurst College’s Philharmonic Orchestra, Guitar Ensemble and Dancers.

The following evening, the World Music Series continues with a concert by Duo Tandem, featuring acclaimed classical guitarists Necati Emirzade and Mark Anderson.

Saturday, October 29, 7:30 p.m.
Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel

Duo Tandem
Sunday, October 30, 7:30 p.m.
Buik Recital Hall

Admission is $10 for each concert or $15 for both.

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