Featuring Philip Bohlman

Around the world, the fear of those different from ourselves intensifies, leading Europeans to close their borders, to exit the European Union, and to imagine the possibility of returning to the Cold War. The American election, too, is infected by the fear of outsiders. The free fall into an uncertain future has truly become transnational—but music, too, is transnational.

Music professor Philip Bohlman will take you through his sound track of “music in real time,” beginning with the music of the European refugee crisis: for example, the opera projects that Syrian refugees bring to Germany. He’ll look at nationalism through the Eurovision Song Contest and, with the upcoming US election two days away, the music in real time sounding at our very doorstep.

Contact harperlectures@uchicago.edu or 773.702.7788.

Event Details

2:00 p.m.  Registration and networking
2:30 p.m.  Presentation and discussion
3:30 p.m.  Reception

$10/recent graduate (College alumni of the past 10 years and graduate alumni of the past five years)
Free for Class of 2016 UChicago alumni
Two complimentary registrations for members of the Chicago, Harper, Phoenix, and Medical and Biological Sciences Alumni Association philanthropic societies

Parking Information

Valet parking is available for $10.

Featured Faculty


Philip Bohlman is the Ludwig Rosenberger Distinguished Service Professor of Music and the Humanities in the College and an associate faculty member with the Divinity School. His teaching and research draw upon diverse methods and perspectives in music scholarship to forge an ethnomusicology built upon foundations in ethnography, history, and performance. The study of Jewish music in modernity has provided a primary focus for his research for 35 years, and since 1998 has provided the context for his activities as a performer, both as the artistic director of the New Budapest Orpheum Society (a Jewish cabaret and ensemble-in-residence at the Humanities Division) and in stage performances with Christine Wilkie Bohlman of works for piano and dramatic speaker created during the Holocaust.