Cultural Events

The Fall 2017 Cultural Season

Welcome to the Fall 2017 Cultural Season at Elmhurst College. This academic year, the spirit of many of our cultural events is captured in the theme Make No Little Plans: Vision and Leadership in a Changing World. Inspired by the words of legendary Chicago architect and urban planner Daniel Burnham, this year's theme is chosen as Elmhurst College commemorates the 20th anniversary of its renowned Russell G. Weigand Center for Professional Excellence, which prepares students for successful and meaningful careers.

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Praying With My Legs: Walking Through The Landmarks Of Religious Liberty
Rabbi Jack Moline  

Jack Moline is president of Interfaith Alliance, a non-partisan First Amendment advocacy group that brings together members of 75 different faith communities for mutual support and understanding, and in opposition to those who would restrict either the establishment clause or the free exercise clause of the Constitution. The Chicago native is rabbi emeritus of Agudas Achim Congregation in Alexandria, Virginia, where he served in the pulpit for 27 years. He has served as chair of the Interfaith Relations Committee of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, and is a member of Rabbis Without Borders.

The Abraham Joshua Heschel Lecture
Thursday, October 26, 7:30 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
Admission is free

The Uncanny Muslim: Real and Imagined In America
Hussein Rashid  

Hussein Rashid is the founder of islamicate, L3C, a consultancy focusing on religious literacy and cultural competency. His work includes exploring theology, the interaction between culture and religion, and the role of the arts in conflict mediation. To share his research on Muslims and American popular culture, he writes and speaks about music, comics, movies and the blogistan. He currently is a fellow with the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute, and also is working with the Children’s Museum of Manhattan as a content expert for their “America to Zanzibar” exhibit.

The al-Ghazali Lecture
Sunday, October 29, 7:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
Admission is free

Too Soon To Forget: The Journey of Younger Onset Alzheimer's Disease
Documentary Premiere  

Alzheimer’s disease is a life-altering challenge for not only the people with the disease but also those who care for and about them. Getting the diagnosis in midlife poses another level of unique and difficult challenges. Too Soon to Forget, a documentary for public television, shares the emotional experience of nine families living with younger onset Alzheimer’s disease. Premiering at Elmhurst College, the documentary is narrated by Dan Gasby, husband of celebrity chef and lifestyle maven B. Smith, who was diagnosed with younger onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 62. A panel discussion will follow the screening, featuring director-producer Ted Kay and medical experts from the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center.

Sunday, November 5, 6:00 p.m.
Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel
Admission is free but reservations are required.

Fall Art Exhibition
Ellen Lanyon's Gift to the Elmhurst College Art Collection  

In 2014, Elmhurst College received an extremely generous gift of eight important paintings from the estate of New York and Chicago-based painter Ellen Lanyon (1926-2013). Often identified with the Chicago Imagists, Lanyon’s Surrealist “dreamscapes” combine plants, animals and everyday objects into compositions that reflect her own private mythology. This exhibit is a onetime opportunity to view the entire body of work Lanyon bequeathed to the College. Due to limited space, after this exhibit only individual paintings can be displayed in the permanent collection at the A.C. Buehler Library. A public reception for the exhibit will feature a panel of artists and close friends who will discuss and celebrate Lanyon’s life and art.

Saturday, November 4–November 18
Public Reception Saturday, November 4, 2:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

Panel discussion at 2:30 p.m.
Barbara A. Kieft Accelerator ArtSpace
Admission is free



Chicago World Music Festival
Elmhurst College and Community Philharmonic Orchestra  

As part of the Chicago World Music Festival, the Elmhurst College and Community Philharmonic Orchestra and Singers have been invited to perform in Millennium Park for a concert honoring the 70th anniversary of India’s independence. Violinist and composer L. Subramaniam and vocal soloist Kavita Krishnamurthy, both from India, will perform with the orchestra, and the concert will be live-streamed worldwide. The performance will mark the world premiere of the piece, which was commissioned by the government of India.

Structural Violence: How Mexican Parents' Immigration Status Affects Their Children's Education
Pat Rubio Goldsmith  

Pat Rubio Goldsmith examines issues related to Mexican migration and immigration status, and to racial and ethnic inequality in educational outcomes. Goldsmith is an associate professor of sociology at Texas A&M University and the founding director of the Latino/a and Mexican American Studies Program. His research has appeared in scholarly journals such as the Sociology of Education, American Educational Research Journal, Urban Studies, and Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies.

Are Leaks Ever Justified? The Intelligence Community and Whistleblowing in a Political World 
Allison Stanger  

The CIA, FBI, NSA and other intelligence agencies collect and analyze information to support America’s security interests at home and around the world. How do these necessarily secretive organizations really work, and what happens when they find themselves exposed? Allison Stanger, professor of international politics and economics and founding director of the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs at Middlebury College (and an Elmhurst College alumna), will explore these issues and more. Sponsored in large part by BMO Harris Bank.

By Ben Travers; Directed By Erik Wagner  

Lady Benbow is out of town, and Sir Benbow of Thark Hall has invited over a young lady for a questionable evening alone. The wife returns, the nephew claims the lady is his date, the nephew’s fiancée arrives, and the lies mount: “She’s going to buy the house!” Meanwhile the butler has invited the real buyer, and the maid is fully confused. This whirlwind of confusion comes from Ben Travers, the most prolific playwright of farce in 1920s-’30s England. Newly adapted, the comedy brings all the wacky craziness of Thark Hall to modern audiences. Oh, and the place might be haunted!

Transnational LGBT Activism: Working For Sexual Rights Worldwide
Ryan Thoreson  

Ryan Thoreson’s work focuses on LGBT children’s rights, LGBT youth issues in the U.S. and internationally, and the balance of religious liberty and sexual rights. He is the Yale Law School Robert L. Bernstein International Human Rights Fellow at Human Rights Watch. He also was a research fellow at OutRight Action International, and is the author of Transnational LGBT Activism: Working for Sexual Rights Worldwide (2014). Thoreson teaches about sexuality, law, and politics as an adjunct assistant professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

POSTPONED: On Leading and Winning
Mike Ditka

Mike Ditka personifies toughness and drive, whether as the fearless leader of the 1985 NFL Champion Chicago Bears or the head of a business empire. With 40 years in the NFL and Super Bowl wins as a player, assistant coach and head coach, Ditka parlayed his signature image into an unmistakable brand that defines his work as a national sports commentator and successful restaurateur. Ditka will share what he’s learned over a lifetime of commitment to the fundamentals—and the victories that resulted—during a special appearance at Elmhurst College.



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