The Spring 2019 Cultural Season

It’s time for the Spring 2019 Cultural Season at Elmhurst College, featuring our acclaimed public lecture series.

When demand permits, tickets also are available at the door. All of our cultural events are open to the public. Lectures and most other events are free for Elmhurst College students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Questions? Call (630) 617-5186 or send an email to


By Diana Samuels; directed by Janice Pohl

Following Kristallnacht in November 1938, the Movement for the Care of Children from Germany was formed. In nine months almost 10,000 unaccompanied children were sent to Britain, most of them Jewish. Diane Samuels interviewed adults who were these Kinder, these children who survived the Holocaust, weaving their experiences of loss, guilt and discovery into the play. “What is the cost of survival?” asks the author’s note, “What future grows out of a traumatized past?”

Thursday–Saturday, April 25-27
Thursday–Sunday, May 2-5
Thursday–Saturday at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday at 7:00 p.m.
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What Should Chicago’s Future Be?

Gery Chico

Throughout his career, attorney Gery Chico has served in significant leadership roles in Chicago. He also ran twice for mayor, including this past February during a historic election with 14 candidates.

Andrew K. Prinz Lecture for Political Awareness
Monday, April 29, 7:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
Admission is free and all are welcome.

The Niebuhr Lecture at Elmhurst College

Antje Jackelén

Antje Jackelén has been the archbishop of the Church of Sweden since 2014, when she became Sweden’s first woman archbishop. Before that, she was a professor of systematic theology/religion and science at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, and also was director of the Zygon Center for Religion and Science. Her research interests include the dialogue between science and theology, and her most recent book is Together in Hope (2016).

The Niebuhr Lecture
Tuesday, April 30, 7:00 p.m.
Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel
Admission is free

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Past Events

Did Jesus Really Intend to Establish a Church?

Bishop R. Daniel Conlon

The Most Rev. R. Daniel Conlon has served as bishop of the Diocese of Joliet since 2011. He was chairperson for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People, and currently serves as the conference’s liaison to the National Catholic Committee on Scouting.

The Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Lecture
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
Admission is free

An Evening with James Carroll

James Carroll

An award-winning writer and ordained priest, James Carroll is the author of 12 novels, including his most recent, The Cloister; and the New York Times best-seller Constantine’s Sword: The Church and the Jews, now an acclaimed documentary. He also wrote eight works of non-fiction, including Christ Actually: The Son of God for the Secular Age, which The Boston Globe described as “a testament to the power of a critical, creative faith.”

Friday, February 15, 7:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Alexander Room
Admission is free

A Blueprint for the Beloved Community

Brad R. Braxton

As a scholar, author and ordained minister, Brad R. Braxton explores the intersection of religion and social justice. He is the director of the Center for the Study of African American Religious Life and the supervisory curator of religion at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. In this talk, Braxton investigates the moral dimensions of effective public leadership.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Intercultural Lecture
Wednesday, February 20, 4:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
Admission is $10

The 52nd Annual Elmhurst College Jazz Festival

One of the country’s oldest and best-known collegiate jazz festivals, the Elmhurst College Jazz Festival features some of the country’s top artists and college bands. Featured performers at this year’s Festival include the John Fedchock New York Big Band, Michael Davis and the Hip-Bone Big Band, trumpeter Randy Brecker, saxophonist Bill Evans and guitarist Mike Stern.

Thursday, Feb. 21 through Sunday, Feb. 24
Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel
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SOLD OUT: Team of Rivals: The Leadership Lessons from Abraham Lincoln

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin is a world-renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times No. 1 best-selling author. Her most recent New York Times bestseller, Leadership in Turbulent Times, is a culmination of her five-decade career of studying the American presidents. Her book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln was the basis for Steven Spielberg’s hit film Lincoln and was awarded the prestigious Lincoln Prize, the inaugural Book Prize for American History, and the Lincoln Leadership Prize.

The Rudolf G. Schade Lecture
Thursday, March 7, 7:00 p.m.
Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel
This event is sold out!

Gender-Based Environmental Shame: A Problem for Everyone

Sarah Fredericks

Sarah Fredericks studies how guilt and shame affect the way we think and behave in response to environmental sustainability issues. An assistant professor of environmental ethics at the University of Chicago, her research focuses on sustainability, sustainable energy, environmental guilt and shame, and environmental justice; and her work draws on pragmatic and comparative religious ethics.

The Genevieve Staudt Intercultural Lecture
Wednesday, March 13, 4:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
Admission is $10

The Rise of Anti-Semitism in the World: A View from the State Department

Hannah Rosenthal

A nationally known voice for social justice who served under two presidents, Hannah Rosenthal, daughter of a rabbi and Holocaust survivor, recently retired as head of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. Under President Obama, she served the U.S. State Department as a special envoy, heading the Office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism.

The Abraham Joshua Heschel Lecture
Tuesday, March 19, 7:30 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
Admission is free

Children of the Holocaust

Uri Berliner

A senior editor at National Public Radio, Uri Berliner recently revealed the moving story of how his father escaped the Nazis when his parents put him on a Kindertransport, a children’s rescue train. Berliner will share that story and those of other Holocaust survivors during the annual Holocaust lecture at Elmhurst College.

The Holocaust Service of Remembrance and Lecture
Sunday, April 28, 7:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
Admission is free

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