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 Welsch

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

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


The 49th Annual Elmhurst College Jazz Festival

Raub Welsch

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
For tickets and information, visit


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


Planetarity and Climate Change: Some Women's Words
Namita Goswami

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 


Criminal (In)Justice: Reforming the System, Redeeming the Individual   
Nadine Strossen

Raub Welsch

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. For this event, Strossen will discuss the political, public policy and ethical issues around prison reform. The author of more than 300 published works, Strossen has written, lectured and practiced extensively in the areas of constitutional law, civil liberties and international human rights.

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.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge 
General admission $10


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


A Lifetime of Lessons, On and Off the Field 
Tom Osborne

To college football fans, few names are more synonymous with winning than Tom Osborne. Over his 25-year career as head coach at the University of Nebraska, Osborne’s Cornhuskers compiled a 255-49-3 record, including three national championships. After retiring in 1998 with his final national championship in hand, he was almost immediately inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Widely known for his leadership, integrity and compassion, Osborne founded the TeamMates program to support school-age youth, help them graduate from high school and pursue a post-secondary education. Osborne also served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives before returning to the University of Nebraska in 2007 to serve as the university’s athletic director.

Tuesday, March 29, 7:00 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

Raub Welsch

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

Raub Welsch

Mustafa Abu Sway is dean of the College of Islamic Studies at Al-Quds University, and the Imam Al-Ghazali Chair at Al-Aqsa Mosque and Al-Quds University in Jerusalem. He also was a Fulbright Scholar at Florida Atlantic University and a visiting professor at Bard College in New York. Through his writings and worldwide lectures, Professor Abu Sway has contributed to studies on Imam Al-Ghazali, classical and contemporary Islamic issues, and the Palestinian question. He is also active in interfaith circles. Professor Abu Sway also is a frequent guest on Al-Jazeera, BBC, CNN and other media outlets.

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


Understanding the Holocaust
Rabbi Steven Bob

Raub Welsch

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


Governmental Forum 2016
American Life and Law: Justice in the 21st Century

Zachary Fardon

U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon serves as the top federal law enforcement official in the Northern District of Illinois, which covers 18 counties across the top tier of the state and a population of approximately 9 million people. His office is widely recognized for numerous significant investigations and prosecutions involving international terrorism and terrorism financing, public corruption, corporate fraud, violent crime and narcotics. In January, his office won a sweeping victory when a jury convicted a former Chicago city official of taking up to $2 million in bribes and gifts in the “red light camera” public corruption case in Chicago.

The discussion will be moderated by David Yellen, dean of the Loyola University Chicago School of Law; and Sergio Acosta, a partner in Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP and an Elmhurst College trustee.

The Ninth Annual Elmhurst College Governmental Forum
Thursday, April 28, 11:30 a.m.
Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center
3500 Midwest Road, Oak Brook, Ill. 
Admission $25 (includes lunch)


Bridging the Divide: How We Can Become Stronger Leaders, Citizens and Friends
Bruce Weinstein

Bruce Weinstein is a columnist and author who writes about character, leadership and “ethical intelligence,” especially in the business world. Known as The Ethics Guy, he also helps organizations around the world hire high-character people, and shows business professionals how to make decisions that are consistent with their values.

The Rudolf G. Schade Lecture Series on History, Ethics and the Law
Thursday, May 12, 7:00 p.m.

Sponsored in part by BMO Harris Bank



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