Cultural Events

The Spring 2016 Cultural Season

Welcome to the spring 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.


Black History Exhibition
Raub Welch

Raub Welch works in many different media but with an emphasis on mixed media collage. His work spans a variety of styles, including abstraction and narrative work that focuses on black culture. Welch has shown his work across the United States, including in solo exhibitions in Chicago at the DuSable Museum of African American History and the South Side Community Art Center. Welch also is an art collector and the owner and principal designer of the Very Raub Interiors and Events gallery and design space. A reception with the artist will be held on Wednesday, February 17, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Monday, February 1, through Friday, March 18
Frick Center, Founders Lounge


Reframing King: Revolutionary Warrior for Justice and Freedom
David Stovall

David Stovall is a professor of educational policy studies and African-American studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His scholarship investigates critical race theory; concepts of social justice in education; the relationship between housing and education; and the relationship between schools and community stakeholders.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Intercultural Lecture
Wednesday, February 10, 4:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
General admission $10

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The 49th Annual Elmhurst College Jazz Festival

Each February, the Elmhurst College Jazz Festival welcomes the industry’s top professional musicians and the nation’s leading college bands for three days of performances and education. This year’s featured performers include trombonist/composer Michael Davis, saxophonist Donny McCaslin, trumpeter Scott Wendholt, the Bob Mintzer Big Band, Ryan Truesdell and the Gil Evans Project, and the Elmhurst College Jazz Band.

Thursday, February 25, through Sunday, February 28
Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel
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Planetarity and Climate Change: Some Women's Words
Namita Goswami

Namita Goswami is an associate professor of philosophy at Indiana State University. Her work combines continental philosophy and postcolonial, critical race and feminist theories. She has published in a wide range of journals, such as Hypatia, SIGNS, Angelaki, Contemporary Aesthetics and South Asian Review, and is co-editor of Why Race and Gender Still Matter: An Intersectional Approach.

The Genevieve Staudt Intercultural Lecture
Wednesday, March 9, 4:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
General admission $10


American Life and Law   
Nadine Strossen

A lifelong champion for social justice, Nadine Strossen was the first woman to head the American Civil Liberties Union, the nation’s largest and oldest civil liberties organization. The author of more than 300 published works, she has written, lectured and practiced extensively in the areas of constitutional law, civil liberties and international human rights. The National Law Journal has twice named Strossen one of the "100 Most Influential Lawyers in America."

Sponsored in part by BMO Harris Bank.

The Rudolf G. Schade Lecture on History, Ethics and the Law
Thursday, March 10, 7:00 p.m.
Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel
General admission $10


Women's History Art Exhibition: Polar Nights
Olivia Petrides

Olivia Petrides’s drawings are immersive, large-scale abstractions based on her direct observation of the aurora borealis, or northern lights. With a background in scientific illustration, Petrides uses simple tools—ink, gouache and paper—and the basic element of drawing—the line—to reenact the forcefulness and sublime effect of the ever-shifting aurora. A reception for Petrides will be held on Tuesday, March 15, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. with a talk by the artist at 5:00 p.m.

Women’s History Art Exhibition
Monday, March 7 through Saturday, April 16
Barbara A. Kieft Accelerator ArtSpace


The Tempest
Elmhurst College Theatre

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Janice Pohl

Shakespeare crafts a storytelling storm, a vortex of sleep and dreams in this masterful play from the later years of his career. The magic of Prospero leads us from shipwreck through rebellion, vengeance and captivity. Young lovers embody hope, and illusion gives way to a sea-change with some promise for humanity’s future.

Thursday, March 10, through Saturday, March 12
Thursday, March 17, through Saturday, March 19

8:00 p.m.
Elmhurst College Mill Theatre

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


Winter Band Concert
Elmhurst College Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band

The Elmhurst College Wind Ensemble, directed by Pete Griffin, and Symphonic Band, directed by Ross Kellan, will perform works by Jan Van der Roost, John Barnes Chance, James B. Sinclair, Percy Grainger, John Philip Sousa and others.

Sunday, March 13, 3:00 p.m.
Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel


Spring Choral Concert
Concert Choir, Chamber Singers and Women's Chorus

Directed by Susan Moninger, the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers perform an assortment of classical and cultural arrangements. The Women’s Chorus, under the direction of Donna Tallman, delights all ages with an array of musical numbers. Alumni are invited to participate in the singing of the Alma Mater during this concert.

Sunday, April 10, 2:00 p.m.
Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel


100 Heartbeats
Jeff Corwin

Emmy-winning television host, author and biologist Jeff Corwin works for the conservation of endangered species and ecosystems around the globe. Through education and awareness, he conveys his conviction that these vital elements of our planet can be conserved for future generations. For nearly 20 years, Corwin has produced and hosted a variety of popular television series broadcast on the Disney Channel, Discovery Channel, NBC, Animal Planet, Travel Channel and the Food Network. Corwin is executive producer and host of the award-winning weekly series Ocean Mysteries, airing weekends on ABC.

The Roland Quest Lecture
Thursday, April 14, 7:00 p.m.
Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel
General admission $10


Spirituality in an Age of Violence: Al-Ghazali's Relevance Today
Mustafa Abu Sway

Mustafa Abu Sway is an associate professor of philosophy and Islamic studies and director of the Islamic Research Center at Al-Quds University in Jerusalem/Palestine. He is also the coordinator for the master’s degree program in contemporary Islamic studies.

The al-Ghazali Lecture
Friday, April 15, 7:30 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge


Understanding the Holocaust
Rabbi Steven Bob

Since 1981, Rabbi Steven Bob has served as senior rabbi of Congregation Etz Chaim of DuPage County, which serves more than 550 families in the western suburbs. He also is an adjunct faculty member at Wheaton College and Elmhurst College, where he is a founder of the Holocaust Education Program. Rabbi Bob’s involvement and leadership in the wider community includes chairing the DuPage Interfaith Resource Network and serving as recording secretary of the Central Conference of American Rabbis.

Holocaust Intercultural Lecture and Service of Remembrance
Sunday, April 17, 7:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge


Kate and Sam Are Not Breaking Up
Elmhurst College Theatre

By Joel Kim Booster
Directed by Andrew Behling

Kate and Sam are Hollywood’s most popular couple, and they’re calling it quits. Amidst media and message board speculation, their biggest fan plans to convince them otherwise. Kate and Sam must reconcile and rekindle their relationship or accept grisly repercussions. This sinister and savage comedy pits perceptions of reality against living vicariously through the rich and famous. What happens to our understanding of consequences when we live on the Internet?

Thursday, April 21, through Sunday, April 24
Thursday, April 28, through Saturday, April 30
Thursday–Saturday 8:00 p.m.; Sunday 2:00 p.m.
Elmhurst College Mill Theatre

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

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