Cultural Events

The Spring 2018 Cultural Season

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 celebrates Elmhurst College as it embarks on a historic journey to its sesquicentennial anniversary in 2021.

For more information or to check ticket availability, call (630) 617-5186.

The Blood is at the Doorstep

A Documentary Screening and Discussion

In 2014, in broad daylight in downtown Milwaukee, an officer responding to a complaint approached Dontre Hamilton, an unarmed black man with paranoid schizophrenia who was resting in a park. Minutes later, Dontre was shot 14 times and died. Erik Ljung‘s urgent documentary, The Blood is at the Doorstep, chronicles that fatal police shooting, and the tireless efforts of his family as they seek answers. A discussion with Ljung and two members of the Hamilton family will follow the film screening.

The Andrew K. Prinz Guestship for Political Awareness
Monday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m.
Schaible Science Center, Illinois Hall
Admission is free

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Sexual Violence and Oppression: A Kantian Approach

Helga Varden

Helga Varden, an associate professor in philosophy and women and gender studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, explores whether philosophy can provide us any resources to better understand the nature and complexity of this violence; and whether philosophy can help us learn how to cope with sexual violence, and maybe even provide some answers for how to diminish its occurrence. The talk looks to Immanuel Kant—his account of human nature, including our propensity to do evil—to explore this nest of issues.

The Niebuhr Lecture
Monday, April 30 at 4:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
Admission is free

Past Events

Spring Art Exhibition

Many Turns and Feats to Bewilder

Michael Barnes

Michael Barnes is a master printmaker with a passion for the medium of lithography. The theme of his work addresses, in part, the absurdities of life and calls into question the historical evolution of so-called civilization. As a social critic, Barnes is part of a long tradition of visual artists whose works provide a critique of society. A professor of printmaking at Northern Illinois University, he has exhibited his work worldwide.

January 29 – March 17
Public Reception: Wednesday, February 14,
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., with artist’s talk at 5:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge

Admission is free

Is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 20th Century Voice Relevant in the 21st Century?

Rev. Dr. L. Bernard Jakes ’97

As senior pastor and teacher of the faith family of West Point Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, the Rev. Dr. L. Bernard Jakes serves as a consultant to policymakers on statewide issues such as sensible gun laws, same-gender marriage and education funding reform. The nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show recently honored him with its Biggest Giver Award for community excellence. Dr. Jakes serves on the Elmhurst College Board of Trustees and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Board of International Preachers of Morehouse College.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Intercultural Lecture
Wednesday, February 21, 4:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge

The 51st Annual Elmhurst College Jazz Festival

One of the oldest and most highly regarded events of its kind, the annual Elmhurst College Jazz Festival features some of today’s top jazz artists and some of the best college bands in the country. This year’s lineup included the Maria Schneider Orchestra, Jiggs Whigham, Matt Wilson, and Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra.

Thursday, February 22 through Sunday, February 25
Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel

Elmhurst College Theatre

Life is a Dream

By Pedro Calderón de la Barca; directed by Brian Wakefield

Pedro Calderón de la Barca’s best-known play, La Vida es Sueño (Life is a Dream), tells the story of Segismundo, heir to the throne, who is locked away in a dungeon for fear of a prophecy foretelling that he will be a tyrant who brings disaster to the country and death to the king. Join us at the Mill Theatre for this classic Spanish allegory of fate versus free will, reality versus dreams, and a father’s love versus his child’s ambition.

Thursday–Saturday, March 1-3 and March 15-17
Thursday–Saturday, 8:00 p.m.;
Saturday, March 10 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Elmhurst College Mill Theatre

A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black Sun: The Life and Legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks

Angela Jackson

In A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black Sun, award-winning author Angela Jackson traces the literary arc of Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks within the context of Brooks’ life and times. At Elmhurst, Jackson will talk about the book and read from her own Pulitzer-nominated volume of poetry, It Seems Like a Mighty Long Time.

The Genevieve Staudt Intercultural Lecture
Wednesday, March 14, 4:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge

Can Poetry Be Written After Auschwitz?

Jill Peláez Baumgaertner

Jill Peláez Baumgaertner is a poet and emerita professor of English at Wheaton College. She wrote her first poem at age 16 after visiting Dachau, and ever since has immersed herself in the literature of the Holocaust. As a scholar, her interest in religion and literature keeps pushing her back to the Holocaust as “the occasion when all of the central questions about God’s justice and love, and humanity’s capacity for evil, rise to the surface.” Baumgaertner is the author of several books of and about poetry, including What Cannot Be Fixed (2014), Finding Cuba (2001) and Flannery O’Connor: A Proper Scaring (1998, 2013).

The Holocaust Service of Remembrance and Lecture
Sunday, April 8, 7:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge

Admission is free

The 11th Annual Elmhurst College Governmental Forum

Leadership in a Changing World: A Conversation with Governor Jeb Bush

Moderator: R. Bruce Dold

The Elmhurst College Governmental Forum brings together some of the country’s foremost governmental and civic leaders, business experts and policy analysts to discuss the most important economic and governance issues facing our state and our nation. This year, the Forum features Jeb Bush, governor of Florida from 1998 to 2007, author of Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution (2013) and a candidate for the U.S. presidency in 2016. The moderator is R. Bruce Dold, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the publisher and editor-in-chief of the Chicago Tribune.

Wednesday, April 18, 11:30 a.m.
Hilton Chicago Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center

Tickets are $35; includes lunch

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