Cultural Events

Doing Well, Doing Good, Investing in the Future

Welcome to Elmhurst University’s Fall 2022 speaker series.

As the University celebrates its most ambitious fundraising campaign in institutional history, this year’s Cultural Season theme—The Legacy We Leave: Doing Well, Doing Good, Investing in the Future—highlights philanthropic impact, and building a culture of generosity and hope.

All of our cultural events are open to the public. Tickets are available for purchase here, and when demand permits, are also available at the door. Events will be in person unless otherwise indicated. For lectures and most other events, admission is free for Elmhurst University students, faculty, staff and alumni.

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There is No Line: Demystifying Our Complex Immigration System

Nubia Willman  

As first deputy for community engagement in Chicago’s Office of the Mayor and director of its Office of New Americans, Nubia Willman is responsible for immigration policy and programming throughout the city, to ensure that it remains a welcoming one. Her work includes leading the City’s census efforts and working with community stakeholders to increase services and access for immigrant and refugee communities.

The César Chavéz Intercultural Lecture
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 4:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
Admission is free


Is Democracy Worth Saving?

Katrina Sifferd, Timothy Hazen, Inamul Haq
Katrina Sifferd, Elmhurst University
Inamul Haq

Each generation of Americans has to work to build and sustain democracy. A panel of Elmhurst University faculty will reflect on the strengths of, and threats to, democracy in the U.S. Speakers include Katrina Sifferd, professor and chair of the Department of Philosophy; Timothy Hazen, assistant professor of political science; and Inamul Haq, coordinator of the Islamic Studies Program.

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 4:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Prospect Room
Admission is free

Chicago Dish: A Chefs Roundtable

Rick Bayless, Stephanie Izard, Beverly Kim
Moderator: Monica Eng
Ricky Bayless
Stephanie Izard
Beverly Kim

Three of Chicago’s most internationally acclaimed chefs and restaurateurs—Rick Bayless (Frontera Grill, Topolobampo), Stephanie Izard (Girl & the Goat, Duck Duck Goat) and Beverly Kim (Parachute, Wherewithall)—come together for a lively discussion about creativity, challenge, and using their seat at the table to advocate for others. Moderated by veteran food and culture reporter Monica Eng. The chefs’ cookbooks will be available for purchase, and book signing will follow the lecture.

The Roland Quest Lecture Series
Thursday, Oct. 6, 7:00 p.m.
Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel
Admission is $20

Sponsored in part by Chicago Magazine.

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Hungry for More?
The Elmhurst History Museum exhibit Eat Your Heart Out: Iconic Chicagoland Foods explores the history of many classic Chicago food traditions as well as the establishments that earned the devotion of generations of foodies, including Vienna Beef, Portillo’s, Lou Malnati’s and more.

Through Oct. 2, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst. Admission is free. More at

Out and Faithful: A Multifaith Celebration of Queer Spirituality and a Call to Advocacy

On National Coming Out Day, this celebration of spirit, words and music honors the 50th anniversary of the ordination of Elmhurst alumnus William R. Johnson, the first openly gay person to be ordained to the Christian ministry. The event includes a panel of speakers reflecting on spirituality and human sexuality, and a call to advocacy. Sponsored by the Elmhurst University Chaplaincy and the Illinois Conference of the United Church of Christ.

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 7:00 p.m.
Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel
Admission is free

From Stonewall to the White House: Media as a Weapon for Change

Marl SegalMark Segal

Journalist, author and activist Mark Segal has long understood the power of the media as a vehicle for awareness and education about LGBTQIA+ issues. A participant in the Stonewall Riots in 1969, Segal went on to found the Philadelphia Gay News, and also is the author of the memoir And Then I Danced: Traveling the Road to LGBT Equality.

The William R. Johnson Intercultural Lecture
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 4:00 p.m.,
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
Admission is free


The Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Lecture

Barbara ReidBarbara Reid

Sister Barbara Reid is the first woman president of Catholic Theological Union (CTU), her historic appointment in 2020 reflecting the Church’s growing recognition of the vital contribution of women to the life of the church. A Dominican Sister from Grand Rapids, Mich., Reid has taught at CTU since 1988 and is the Carroll Stuhlmueller, CP, Distinguished Professor of New Testament Studies.

The Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Lecture
Tuesday, Oct. 25, 7:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
Admission is free


Part of the Religious Literacy Project at Elmhurst University

Everything is Interfaith Now, Even at Elmhurst

Rachel Mikva, Brad Braxton
Rachel Mikva

In a discussion about meeting each other across religious difference—in the public square, in the media, in the workplace and on campus—Rachel Mikva, Herman E. Schaalman Professor in Jewish Studies at Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS), and CTS President Brad Braxton will explore the idea that interfaith is everywhere, and what it means at Elmhurst University and beyond.

The Abraham Joshua Heschel Lecture
Thursday, Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
Admission is free


Part of the Religious Literacy Project at Elmhurst University

American Like Me: Author Visit with Frank Waln

Frank WalnFrank Waln

Frank Waln is an award-winning Sicangu Lakota hip hop artist and music producer from the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. Waln, who currently calls Chicago home, is one of the authors featured in American Like Me, the Elmhurst Public Library’s 2022 One Book, One Elmhurst read. During his visit to Elmhurst, Waln will share reflections on growing up on a reservation, the strong women who raised him, finding our truth, and reconnecting to our roots. Presented with the Elmhurst Public Library and Friends of the Elmhurst Public Library.

One Book, One Elmhurst
Monday, Nov. 28, 7:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
Admission is free but registration is required, at

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