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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Completed Events

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

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

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)—came together for a lively discussion about creativity, challenge, and using their seat at the table to advocate for others.

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

Sponsored in part by Chicago Magazine.

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

Part of the Religious Literacy Project at Elmhurst University

Everything is Interfaith Now, Even at Elmhurst

Rachel Mikva, Brad Braxton
Rachel Mikva
Brad Braxton, Chicago Theological Seminary

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

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

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