Tag Archive for International House

An American Success

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas came out twice. The first time was at Mountain View High School when he announced to his class that he was gay after watching a documentary on Harvey Milk. The second time he…

Poetry by post

Sponsored by the Poetry Foundation and the University of Chicago’s Program in Poetry and Poetics, “Poetry of the Shelf: Elizabeth Bishop’s Correspondence with the New Yorker” commemorated the 100th anniversary of the birth of poet Elizabeth Bishop and of the recent publication of a collection of her letters, “Elizabeth Bishop and the New Yorker: The Complete Correspondence.”

Mid East in the Midwest

A woman in a black dress and a man in a black tie and white-collared shirt stood on stage. Black binders in hand, they read from a collection of letters, diary entries, philosophical musings, and poetry from diverse authors. Libyan…

Jazz Philharmonic Scales Down

For a few minutes, it could have been any other string quartet. The musicians sat poised in their chairs facing the conductor. A violin came in with a descending melody, and one by one the other instruments echoed the same…

Tuvan Tunes

Pedestrians passing the University of Chicago’s International House on the evening of April 14 may have noticed the bellows emanating from the building’s top floor. Did the University host a didgeridoo competition or rent a few elephants, you ask? Surely…

From Women’s Lib to Writing for Kids

Not many sixty-five-year-old women have tattoos that read “Thug Life,” but Nikki Giovanni is an exception. The radical ’60s poet-turned-children’s author, who stopped at the University of Chicago’s International House during her book tour on October 18th, inked herself some…

Disaster Capitalism

The line to get into Naomi Klein’s talk, “Disaster Capitalism: Milton Friedman and the Chicago Boys,” extended through the hallways of the University of Chicago International House and onto the street, where individuals who came to see the journalist known…

Use Your Delusion

Last Thursday, the faithful faithless made pilgrimages from all around to see Richard Dawkins, Oxford professor, renowned evolutionary biologist, and a self-branded bulldog of unfaltering atheism, lecture at the International House. Dawkins has risen to pseudo-cult stardom as one part…