The Fall 2018 Cultural Season

It’s time for another 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

In Sickness and in Health … A Love Story

Giuliana and Bill Rancic

As part of Elmhurst College’s observation of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, popular E! News anchor Giuliana Rancic, and her entrepreneur husband, Bill, discuss Giuliana’s breast cancer diagnosis seven years ago and its impact on their lives. Their talk focuses on how the disease affected their family, transformed their careers, and strengthened their commitment to each other—and to finding happiness.

The Roland Quest Lecture Series
Thursday, October 25, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel
Admission is $10

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World Music Festival

Celebrate Blues and Jazz—The Music of America

This year’s festival celebrates two thoroughly American styles—jazz and blues. The program features selections from Eddie Sauter’s Focus for tenor saxophone and strings, and Corky Siegel’s Symphonic Blues #6 for harmonica, bongo and symphony orchestra. Other featured performers: jazz saxophonist Mark Colby, tabla player Kalyan Pathak and the Elmhurst College Philharmonic Orchestra.

Saturday, October 27, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel

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Divine Commands, Human Input: Shari’a as Sacred Law in Action

Syed Atif Rizwan

Syed Atif Rizwan is an assistant professor of Islamic and interreligious studies, and the associate director of the Catholic-Muslim Studies Program at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. His primary academic interests are the intersection of law and ethics, morality of law, Islamic criminal laws, and Islamic philosophies of punishment.

The al-Ghazali Lecture
Monday, November 5, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
Admission is free

The Face of Integration in Europe: A Conversation with the Consul General of France in Chicago

Guillaume Lacroix

Guillaume Lacroix became consul general of France in Chicago in 2017, after diplomatic assignments to the Department of African and Indian Ocean Affairs in Paris, the French Embassy in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, and the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. In celebration of National French Week, Lacroix’s talk at Elmhurst will focus on the concept of contemporary French identity and, more broadly, integration in and of Europe.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
Admission is free

Gidion’s Knot

Written by Johnna Adams
Directed by Andrew Behling

During a parent-teacher conference, a mother asks why her son, Gidion, has been suspended from his 5th grade class. Their discussion escalates into a clash of ideas about freedom of expression, the strictures of our school system, bullying and personal responsibility. As the story unfolds, the “truth” becomes increasingly alarming—and increasingly difficult to distinguish.

Thursday–Saturday, November 15-17, 2018, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 18, 2018, 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 29, 2018, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 1, 2018, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 2, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Elmhurst College Mill Theatre

The Festival of Lessons and Carols

The Festival of Lessons and Carols is an Elmhurst College tradition that bridges the season of Advent and Christmastide. Held since 1961, the Festival consists of nine Scriptural readings that tell the story of the birth of the Messiah, interspersed with choral music. The Elmhurst College Concert Choir will perform, setting the holiday mood.

Friday, November 30, 2018, 4:00, 7:00 p.m.
Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel
Admission is free

The Figure, Humor and the Chicago Imagists

Through a partnership between Elmhurst College and the Terra Foundation for American Art’s Art Design Chicago initiative, this full-day symposium explores works by the Chicago Imagists and the ways in which they used humor in their depictions of the figure. The symposium features speaker presentations and the opportunity to view pieces from Elmhurst College’s extraordinary Imagist Art Collection that currently are in an exhibition at the Elmhurst Art Museum.

This symposium is funded through a grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Sunday, December 16, 2018, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Elmhurst College, Schaible Science Center, Illinois Hall
Elmhurst Art Museum
Admission is free but seating is limited; reservations are required.


Past Events

Undocumented Student Access: Mental Health Trauma, College Access and Immigration Politics

Tanya Cabrera

Tanya Cabrera is the assistant vice provost for student inclusion at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has served since 2011 as chair of the Illinois DREAM Fund Commission, a role she believes will set the platform for educational access and degree attainment for undocumented students in Illinois and across the U.S.

The César Chávez Intercultural Lecture
Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, 4:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
Admission is $10; free for all Elmhurst College students, faculty and alumni

Canaries In A Mine: Trans* Educators’ Multiple Roles in Higher Education

S. Simmons

Dr. S. Simmons highlights the stories of trans* people in postsecondary education. A full-time lecturer at the University of Chicago, Simmons explores the discrimination, invisibility, harassment as well as community, solidarity and resistance experienced by/with trans* educators. The goal: to illuminate expanded concepts of gender, identity and experiences in the hope that we all can live, learn and work in affirming, liberating environments.

Co-sponsored by the Honors Program and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

The William R. Johnson Intercultural Lecture
Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 4:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
Admission is $10

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