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


From Exploitation to Empowerment: A Decade of Organizing in Chicago
Shelly Ruzicka

Shelly Ruzicka is the communications and development director at Arise Chicago, a nationally renowned interfaith workers' rights organization. Arise has trained and organized low-wage, primarily immigrant workers across Chicagoland, recovering more than $6.9 million in stolen wages and compensation, and has led efforts to pass groundbreaking legislation at the city, county, and state levels. Its most recent achievements include winning a Chicago Paid Sick Days ordinance and the Illinois Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. Ruzicka’s communications efforts have led to Chicago workers' voices reaching local and national media outlets, including The New York Times, NPR, ABC-TV, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, Telemundo and Univision. Her photographs have been published in The Nation, La Raza, Dissent magazine, In These Times and Gapers Block. Her activism on immigrant rights includes civil disobedience protesting the anti-immigrant Arizona law SB1070. Ruzicka also serves as co-chair on the Board of Directors of Chicago Fair Trade, the largest local fair trade organization in the U.S. She is an Elmhurst College alumna (Class of 2006), earning her bachelor's degree in political science and intercultural studies, and the Founders Award for Service to Community in 2006.

The César Chávez Lecture
Wednesday, September 28, 4:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
Admission $10


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



Do the Stars in Heaven Speak? Rumi, a Poet for the 21st Century
Fatemeh Keshavarz

In the U.S. and around the globe, Jalal ad-Din Rumi, or Rumi, a Persian poet and Sufi master born more than 800 years ago, has been a best-selling poet in translation for several decades. He has been crowned the king of New Age spirituality, and his ecstatic poems have been recited, chanted, set to music and used as inspiration for novels, music, films, YouTube videos and tweets. Fatemeh Keshavarz, director of the Roshan Institute for Persian Studies at the University of Maryland, explores how this towering mystic, immersed in the religious and scholarly tradition of his times, is able to speak to us in the 21st century. Presented by the Niebuhr Center for Faith and Action.

Thursday, October 27, 7:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
Admission is free


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


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


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



Can Interreligious Dialogue Save the Planet and Bring the Messiah? 
Rabbi David Fox Sandmel

Rabbi David Fox Sandmel is a scholar of Jewish-Christian relations and an interfaith activist, and has been the director of interfaith affairs at the Anti-Defamation League since 2014. From 2003-2014, he held the Crown-Ryan Chair in Jewish Studies at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He is an editor of Christianity in Jewish Terms and Irreconcilable Differences? A Learning Resource for Jews and Christians, and his commentary on First Thessalonians appears in The Jewish Annotated New Testament.

The Abraham Joshua Heschel Lecture 
Sunday, November 13, 7:30 p.m. 
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
Admission is free 


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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