Rahim AlHaj

"Letters from Iraq"

Hailed as a master of the oud and named a 2015 NEA National Heritage Fellow, Rahim AlHaj is a performer and composer who combines traditional Iraqi music with contemporary styling and influences. He has collaborated with artists from jazz guitarist Bill Frisell to contemporary string ensemble Kronos Quartet to rock band REM. Here he leads an ensemble in some of his most recent work.

Rahim AlHaj, oud; Issa Malouf, percussion; Kontras String Quartet; Christian Dillingham, double bass

Eve L. Ewing, "Into a Daybreak: Representing Black Feminism Across Genre"

2019 Distinguished Alumni Lecture
Eve L. Ewing, AB '08
“Into a Daybreak: Representing Black Feminism Across Genre”

In this Distinguished Alumni Lecture, Assistant Professor Eve L. Ewing (School of Social Service Administration) discusses the influence of black feminist ideas on her work as a writer and scholar, touching on her work in sociology, poetry, comics, and fiction.

Karl Schoonover, "Makeup and Scrap Economies According to the Queer Underground"

Director of Studies Lecture
Karl Schoonover, Associate Professor (Reader) in Film & Television Studies at the University of Warwick
"Makeup and Scrap Economies According to the Queer Underground"

The talk rereads how classic queer underground films attend to makeup and its surfaces as byproducts of petrocapitalism. More than simply an appropriation of Hollywood glamour, underground makeup recodes the materiality of the superficial and returns our attention to the circulation of scrap after extraction and refinement.

Balkan Rhythms: Lecture, Performance, Workshop, and Exhibit by Folk Dance Ensemble "Balkanski Igri"

Save the date for Balkan Rhythms next month! Join the folk dance ensemble Balkanski Igri for a lecture, performance, dance workshop and exhibit on Sunday, March 10 at 1:30 pm! Location: Ida Noyes Cloister Club, 1212 E. 59th Street, Chicago IL 60637. This event is free and open to the public. Persons with disabilities who require assistance should contact 773.834.0858.

USSA Postal Service: Chicago Casting Call

Kleine Welt exhibiting artist Zachary Cahill will be conducting a casting call for the USSA Postal Service, an unfolding project that incorporates found narrative and participant-generated content to help create a story of postal relatedness: a novel for the post-post-internet age. Visitors will be invited to participate in a conversation with the artist to share their postal stories and the significance of letter writing, have their portraits taken, fill out a brief (and anonymous) questionnaire, and have cookies and milk (and hot cocoa).

Exploring Belarusian Musical Traditions with Siarhei Douhushau

At this event, Siarhei Douhushau will play a variety of Belarusian ethnic instruments and discuss Belarusian musical traditions with Natalla Hardzijenka.

Siarhei Douhushau is a singer, musician, ethnographer, and advocate for Belarusian folk music. He graduated from the Belarusian State Academy of Music in 2010 and has performed with the Belarusian State Philharmonic Society and at venues across the United States. He is also a founder of a public initiative Singing Assembly (Speuny Skhod).

Care@Chicago // Queer Game Night: Part 2

Join CSGS and the Media Arts, Data, and Design (MADD) Center's Weston Game Lab for an evening of camaraderie and fun! In part two, we will design board and card games about gender and sexuality. Come design, hang out, and learn more about opportunities for gender and critical game studies at UChicago. Queer Game Night is open to all members and allies of the queer community.

This game night will be hosted inside of the new Weston Game Lab, located on the first floor of John Crerar Library (5730 S Ellis Ave).

Free and open to the public.

Film Screening: Sergei Loznitsa’s The Trial

The Trial (2018), a documentary by Ukrainian filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa, uses a remarkable trove of found footage to reconstruct one of Joseph Stalin's first show trials, which took place in 1930 in Moscow. When a group of top-ranking economists and engineers are accused of plotting a coup against the Soviet government, the court alleges that they made a secret pact with the French Prime Minister, Raymond Poincaré, and with other Western political leaders, aiming to destroy the Soviet power, restore capitalism, and break up the USSR.