University and Student Events

The Universal Enemy: Jihad, Empire, and the Challenge of Solidarity with Aslı Bâli

Darryl Li discusses The Universal Enemy: Jihad, Empire, and the Challenge of Solidarity with Aslı Bâli. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

Russian Renaissance: World Music with a Russian Soul

Russian Renaissance
March 1, 2020 | 3:00PM
Logan Center Performance Hall

2:00 PM talk with William Nickell

The quartet of traditional instruments that the members of Russian Renaissance play may not have been what judges expected to see when the group walked out on stage at the 2017 M-Prize competition, but the panel walked away from that performance having heard “one of the finest displays of musicianship in the world” (Arts at Michigan).

Armenian American Writers and the Counterculture by William Saroyan

On Thursday, March 5th, at 6:30 pm in Pick 016 we will be welcoming Professor David Calonne from Eastern Michigan University presenting his talk titled, "William Saroyan, Armenian-American Writers, and the Counterculture," as a part of the 2020 Dumanian Lecture Series. Please find the flyer and description below. There will be a reception afterwards in the CMES lounge.

Since we will have the Dumanian Lecture on Thursday, we will not have our regularly scheduled Armenian Circle that week.

Yiddish Tish: Engshaft by Jane Rose play reading

For this week, I thought we'd try reading a play.  Engshaft is a one act play by Jane Rose, published in 1918.
(you can read more about the author at

I'm looking forward to acting with you!  See you Friday, 12:30, in Classics 25E!

Jessica Kirzane
Assistant Instructional Professor in Yiddish
Department of Germanic Studies
The University of Chicago

The Zionist Political Imagination Before 1948 - Dmitry Shumsky

Beyond the Nation-State:
The Zionist Political Imagination before 1948
Dmitry Shumsky
Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Armenian Cicle: Depicting Textiles in Armenian Manuscripts

This week, the Armenian Circle presents:

Depicting Textiles in Armenian Manuscripts

By Dr. Tasha Vorderstrasse
University and Continuing Education Program Coordinator Oriental Institute
Wednesday, February 26, 6:00 pm
Pick 218

We will have some snacks to share!

Balkan Rhythms & Dance

Balkan Rhythms & Dance

Lecture, Workshop, Performance, and Exhibit

Sunday, March 8, 2020



Coulter Lounge

1414 E. 59th Street

Chicago IL 60637


EthNoise: "'We Live Our Lives through Song:' Subjectivity and Affective Healing in Romanian-Roma Music"

Next Thursday, February 13th, from 5:00-6:00pm in Cobb 303, EthNoise is very excited to welcome Stanford ethnomusicology PhD candidate Ioanida Costache, who will be presenting a paper entitled:


"'We Live Our Lives through Song:'
Subjectivity and Affective Healing in Romanian-Roma Music"


Diverse Books & Open Conversations: Deaf Republic by Ilya Kaminsky

Diverse Books & Open Conversations members have voted for the next book, and we are excited to announce the selected title: Deaf Republic by Ilya Kaminsky. We will be hosting the discussion for this book on Thursday, April 9th at 4:30pm in JRL122A. The books are available at Regenstein and can be checked out for 3 weeks at a time. I’m also attaching the flyer we’ve created for our next event to this email. Please distribute to the departments you work with. Thanks so much, looking forward to reading together!

The Muselmann and the Necrotopography of a Wartime Ghetto

February 24, 2020 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Social Science Research Building, Tea Room (Room 201)



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