Cultural Events

The Fall 2019 Cultural Season

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

Our impressive lineup includes Malala Fund co-founder Shiza Shahid and Color of Law author Richard Rothstein, as well as our intercultural and religious lectures.

All of our cultural events are open to the public. Tickets are available for purchase here. When demand permits, tickets also are available at the door. 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

The Festival of Lessons and Carols

A beloved Elmhurst College tradition, the Festival of Lessons and Carols bridges the season of Advent and Christmastide with nine Scriptural readings, interspersed with choral music, that tell the story of the birth of the Messiah.

Friday, December 6, 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel
Admission is free

Past Events

Suited for a Cause: From College Project to Social Enterprise

David Rojas Jr.

David Rojas Jr. is the founder of TA98, a social enterprise that aims to decrease unemployment rates among 16-24 year olds through entrepreneurship. TA98 has served more than 350 young adults throughout the West and South sides of Chicago, and has gathered more than $250,000 worth of workforce development resources.

The Cesar Chavez Intercultural Lecture
Wednesday, September 18, 4:00 p.m.
Irion Hall, Buik Recital Hall

The Revival of Sufism: Current Directions in Contemporary Islam

Yousef Casewit

Yousef Casewit is chair of Islamic studies at the University of Chicago Divinity School and author of the award-winning book, The Mystics of al-Andalus. His research interests include the intellectual history of North Africa and al-Andalus and Muslim perceptions of the Bible.

The al-Ghazali Lecture
Monday, September 23, 7:30 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
Admission is free

The Extraordinary Impact We Can Create: Lessons from My Journey Co-founding the Malala Fund to NOW

Shiza Shahid

An entrepreneur and impact leader, Shiza Shahid co-founded the Malala Fund with Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai to create access to high-quality education for all children around the world. At Elmhurst College, Shahid will describe her work with Malala, her funding platform NOW Ventures, her struggle to create social change, and how ordinary people can make extraordinary waves.

The Roland Quest Lecture Series
Thursday, October 3, 7:00 p.m.
Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel
Admission is $20

This lecture is offered in partnership with the Elmhurst History Museum exhibit The Power of Children: Making a Difference

Experience the extraordinary stories of three children—Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges and Ryan White—who used the power of words, action and voice to make a positive difference in the world. September 6–October 13, 2019, Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst.

This lecture is an Arts DuPage Month event.

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

Richard Rothstein

Racial segregation characterizes every metropolitan area in the U.S. It corrupts the criminal justice system and exacerbates economic inequality. In his book The Color of Law, Richard Rothstein, a research associate at the Economic Policy Institute, argues that government systematically imposed residential segregation in cities across the country, with devastating consequences for generations of African Americans and the country as a whole.

The Andrew K. Prinz Lecture for Political Awareness
Tuesday, October 15, 4:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
Book signing to follow the lecture
Admission is free

Please join us 30 minutes prior to the start of the lecture for the presentation of the Prinz Faculty and Staff Merit Award to this year’s winner.

LGBTQIA+ Challenges: Inequities Across a Lifespan

Michael Adams

As the chief executive officer of SAGE, the oldest and largest organization in the country dedicated to serving LGBTQIA+ older adults, Michael Adams has used his expertise to improve opportunities and quality-of-life issues for millions of LGBTQIA+ older people across the country. Under Adams’s leadership, SAGE has become the go-to organization on LGBTQIA+ aging issues on a national scale.

The William R. Johnson Intercultural Lecture
Wednesday, October 23, 4:00 p.m.
Irion Hall, Buik Recital Hall

1619: The Journey of a People

A New Musical

In 1619, 20 enslaved Africans arrived in Jamestown, Va. The 400-year journey that followed would change a nation and the world. Using various musical forms, including hip-hop and jazz, this dynamic musical production commemorates the struggles, recognizes the heroes and celebrates the story of America’s African sons and daughters.

Thursday, November 7, 7:00 p.m.
Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel
190 Prospect Ave., Elmhurst, Illinois
Admission Is Free And All Are Welcome

How to Engage Mystery: Advice from a Scientist for Nones, Nuns and All

John Francis Kartje

Father John Francis Kartje is rector of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake, also known as Mundelein Seminary. With doctoral degrees in both scripture and astrophysics, he brings unique insight to the exploration of how faith and science inform each other.

The Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Lecture
Wednesday, November 13, 7:30 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
Admission is free

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