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Past events



 Mar 03, 2020, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
 Logan Center for the Arts, Performance Penthouse

915 E. 60th St.
Chicago, IL 60637

Join us for a special evening of performances in the Logan Center Penthouse conceived by Gray Center Fellows Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Hannah B Higgins, and W.J.T. Mitchell; joined by special guests Nancy Rose Hunt, Sasha Crawford-Holland, Siting Jiang, and Caleigh Stephens. The event employs a special scenography designed to invoke strategies for seeing words and hearing images. The performance will examine and challenge our evolving notions around the politics of listening and the voice,  enacting live what the trio of Abu Hamdan, Higgins, and Mitchell term the Sonic Image.



 Feb 24, 2020, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 Gray Center Lab

929 E. 60th St.
Chicago, IL 60637

A conversation and performance with Julia Eckhardt, a musician and curator in the field of the sonic arts. She is a founding member and artistic director of Q-O2 workspace in Brussels, for which she conceptualized various thematic research projects. As a performer of composed and improvised music she has collaborated with numerous artists, and extensively with Eliane Radigue. She has performed internationally, and released a number of recordings. She has been lecturing about topics such as sound, gender and public space, and is (co-)author of The Second Sound: Conversation on Gender and Music, Grounds for Possible Music, The Middle Matter: Sound as Interstice, and Éliane Radigue: Intermediary Spaces/Espaces intermédiaires. Nomi Epstein, founder and leader of, and Seth Parker Woods, artist-in-residence at the University of Chicago, join Julia in conversation. 




 Feb 19, 2020, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
 Seminary Coop Bookstore

5751 S Woodlawn Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60637

Sayed Kashua discusses new his new book, "Track Changes." A Q&A and signing will follow the conversation.

Sayed Kashua, former Mellow Fellow at the Gray Center, is the author of the novels "Dancing Arabs," "Let It Be Morning," which was shortlisted for the international IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, "Second Person Singular," and "Native." He writes a weekly column for Haaretz and is the creator of the prizewinning sitcom Arab Labor. Now living in the United States with his family, he is completing his PhD at Washington University in St. Louis.