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    • 09/03/2019
    • 09/30/2019
    • IWA
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    Official IWA Name Badges are now on Sale! 


    The 3.5 x 1.5 inch, blue and white plastic badge with magnetic backing will clearly identify you and add an extra special look to your outfits at IWA functions. Order a badge online today!  


    Note: You may add more that one country to your badge, however space is limited. You may also add your IWA position, such as "Board Member" or "XXX Chair", etc.  


    The deadline for placing your order is September 30, 2019 


    Name badges are available only for a limited time! Don't delay. 

    • 09/21/2019
    • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Chicago Public Library, Chinatown Branch, 2100 S. Wentworth Ave., Chicago IL 60616

    IWA Pop-Up Program

    Mapping the Rise and Fall of Civilizations in Art

    RSVP here: https://www.inezsuen.com/vip


    Presenter: Gordon Cheung

    Gordon Cheung (1975) studied at the Royal College of Art where he earned his MFA in Painting. He has had numerous solo exhibitions in multiples cities around the world from London, New York, Dubai, Shanghai, Rome San Paulo, Miami and Hong Kong.


    Gordon’s works are currently in notable art collections such as the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA USA; British Museum, London, UK; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C. USA; Hood Museum of Art, NH, USA; HSBC Art Collection Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA; UBS Art Collection; UK Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, USA. He now lives and works in London, UK


    Note: RSVP to the address above to attend the event. CTA Red Line close to Library. Lots of great Chinese Restaurants nearby. Guests welcome.


    After the talk, weather permitting, members and guests can take the Water Taxi, (at their own cost) to Navy Pier to view Gordon Cheung's work at the Edel Assanti Booth at the EXPO Chicago

    • 09/23/2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • TURKITCH/Turkish Kitchen, 565 W. Diversey Pkwy., Chicago IL 60614
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    PROGRAM: “World Famous Turkish Coffee and Kazandibi Dessert”

    Studies of the historical background of gastronomy show that the Turkish culinary culture is in the third place in the world after Chinese and French. Join us for a unique presentation by Hatice Yavuz and Pelin Taser demonstrating the history and culture of Turkish coffee and a very special Kazandibi dessert recipe from the Ottoman cuisine. We will watch , taste and learn how to make a delicious, strongly brewed, world famous Turkish coffee, and a dessert that was created and served at Sultan’s tables.


    NOTE: DATE, TIME AND LOCATION CHANGES


    RSVP by 9/20/19

    • 09/25/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • IWA Office, 307 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 702, Chicago
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    ALL Members are welcome to help, chat and meet old and new members.


    • 09/25/2019
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • IWA Office, 307 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 702
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    Program: Travel with French Lady to Myanmar


    Catherine de la Chaussée first went to Myanmar 30 years ago and decided to return to this breathtaking country two years ago. Please join us to listen to the stories about her journey all over the country and discover the beauty of this fantastic country, the beauty of the temples and unforgettable landscapes through her pictures.


    Presenter: Catherine de la Chaussée


    Note: 1:30 p.m. Social , 2 p.m. Program


    • 09/26/2019
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • IWA Office, 307 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 702
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    Program (in German): Nambia. Ein afrikanisches Land mit deutschen Sitten.

    Presenter: Nicholas Sommers, husband of IWA member Carol Sommers.

    A light lunch will follow. Please contribute.

    RSVP by 9/20/19

    Note: The program will begin at 11 a.m. SHARP


    • 09/27/2019
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Cafe Istanbul Mediterranean Grill, 2014 W. Division St
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    Cuisine: Turkish/Mediterranean


    Restaurant: Cafe Istanbul Mediterranean Grill,  2014 W. Division St. (Corner of Division and Damen)


    Join IWA members and guests for a gourmet meal at Cafe Istanbul, a premier Chicago Turkish/ Mediterranean restaurant. Chef owner Mustafa is preparing for us a feast of three appetizers, two salads, two meat choices on a bed of rice, dessert and tea, all served family-style. 


    Cost: $25 per person, tax and tip included.  CASH ONLY (please bring to the restaurant).  25 person maximum. 


    Parking: Restaurant has limited parking in lot. Street-side and other lots available nearby.

    Public transportation: CTA Buses: 70, 50, 49. CTA Blue Line train to Damen.


    RSVP by 9/24/19





    • 09/28/2019
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • International House Auditorium, The University of Chicago, 1414 E. 59th St.
    • 15
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    Program: Hyde Park Jazz Fest concert featuring the Dee Alexander/McClean Project in partnership with International House Global Voices Performing Arts & Lecture series


    Dee Alexander is one of Chicago’s most respected female jazz singer/songwriters and a Chicagoan of the Year in Jazz award winner. Alexander has garnered accolades in African, Australian, European, and North American press. She is currently a host on the WFMT Jazz Radio Network.


    This program includes a public pre-concert reception with complimentary light bites and beverages. IWA members will have a designated gathering area at the reception and a block of reserved seats for the concert. 


    RSVP 9/25/19 (Required)


    NOTE: LIMIT 30 REGISTRANTS. 5:30-6:30 p.m. RECEPTION, 7 p.m. SHARP CONCERT


    • 10/01/2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • IWA Office, 307 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 702, Chicago, IL 60601
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    Program: “Our ancestors have helped to make us who we are”


    At this meeting come to share with the group what one of your ancestors has brought to your own life or to your family. Feel free to bring a memento, if you would like to. 


    RSVP by 9/30/19

     

    Note: Refreshments are welcome.


    • 10/02/2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Starbucks, Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, 221 N. Columbus Dr.
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    • 10/03/2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • IWA Office, 307 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 702, Chicago, IL 60601
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    CLA Chairs Meeting (by invitation)

    • 10/03/2019
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • IWA Office, 307 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 702
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    FILM VIEWING (120 minutes)

    Film: “Bashu, the Little Stranger” (1989) A drama directed by Bahram Beyzai, premiered in New York in 1990. Bashu, from the Gulf region of Iran, loses his house and entire family, when the Persian Gulf is bombed by Iraq. Fleeing the war, he stows away on a truck and ends up in the verdant, peaceful Gilan Province in Caspian Region of Iran, where everything from landscape to language is different even the color of his skin. He meets Naii, who is trying to raise her family, while her husband is away. Despite cultural differences, Bashu and Naii form a strong bond in this big-hearted film about family, rebirth and hope. Introduction by Roya Mehrnoosh.


    NOTE: CHANGE IN START TIME. REFRESHMENTS ARE WELCOME. 5:30 p.m. SOCIAL, 6 p.m. FILM VIEWING


    • 10/04/2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • IWA Office, 307 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 702
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    Bring your knit or crochet projects or just come to learn and chat!

    • 10/07/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • IWA Office, 307 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 702
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    Play: “Howard’s End” adapted from the novel by E.M. Forster

    Playwright: Douglas Post

    Presenter: Doreen Feitelberg

    NOTE: TIME CHANGE: 10 a.m. SHARP. See the play before the discussion.


    • 10/07/2019
    • 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • IWA office, 307 N. Michigan Ave Suite 702 Chicago, IL 60601
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    Program: Global Health Defined


    Join us for a discussion on the explanation of Global Health and the global impact of diseases of poverty, chronic illness, and the worldwide threats of infectious diseases. 


    Presenter: Haile T. Debas, MD - Dr. Debas is on a first name basis with world leaders and as it has been written, "is recognized internationally for his contributions to academic medicine and is widely consulted on issues associated with global health. At the University of California, San Francisco, he served as the Founding Executive Director of UCSF Global Health Sciences (2003-2010), Dean of the School of Medicine (1993-2003), Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs for six years, and Chancellor for one year. A gastrointestinal surgeon by training, Dr. Debas chaired the UCSF Department of Surgery (1987-2003), and is the Maurice Galante Distinguished Professor of Surgery, Emeritus. He also was the Founding Director of the University of California Global Health Institute from 2009 to 2016".


    Note: 12 p.m. Social, 12:30 p.m. Program


    RSVP by 10/04/19

    • 10/08/2019
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • IWA Office, 307 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 702, Chicago, IL 60601
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    • 10/08/2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • IWA Office, 307 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 702, Chicago, IL 60601
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    Program: Neighborhood: A Critical Evaluation of the Idea of Neighborhood

    Through the exploration of cross-cultural and cross-temporal commonalities of the ways in which neighborhood articulation exposes conflicting purposes, and the varying levels of realization of neighborhood design, Emily Talen assesses the historical record and current relevance of neighborhood. While the idea of neighborhood has attracted substantial scholarly interest for more than a century, each discipline dissects the idea and reality of neighborhood from their own vantage point—sociology, urban history, urban planning, urban design, sustainability, economic development, anthropology, geography, public policy. There have been few attempts to synthesize the disparate range of perspectives involved to develop a fuller understanding of the meaning and complexity of this enduring urban ideal.


    Presenter: Emily Talen is Professor of Urbanism at the University of Chicago. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, she holds a PhD in urban geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Emily has written extensively on the topics of urban design, New Urbanism, and social equity and she has previously published four books (New Urbanism and American Planning, Design for Diversity, Urban Design for Planners, and City Rules).


    Note: 5:30 P.M. Social, 6 P.M. Program


    RSVP by October 7, 2019

    • 10/10/2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • IWA Office, 307 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 702
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    Program:  Believing in Spiritual and Non-Spiritual Signs


    Francine Pappadis Friedman will be describing many things that relate to her parents, Greece, and much more. She’ll tell when her parents got married, and lived together for over 40 years. She’ll also describe her first trip to Greece with them when she was a teenager, and how it taught her that adventure was everywhere . . . on a ship, in a tiny mountain village, all around her—and even back home. And then she will also describe her belief in signs—both spiritual and non-spiritual signs—that she believes are meant to be. 


    RSVP by 10/07/19


    Note: Social Start Time 10:30 AM, Program Start Time 11:00 AM.  Refreshments will be served.

    • 10/14/2019
    • 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • North Shore home of IWA member to be provided upon registration
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    Please note that North Shore Meet and Greet events are open to all members. Potential new members are also welcome.

    • 10/14/2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • IWA Office, 307 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 702, Chicago
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    We welcome all bridge players; beginners with just the rudimentary knowledge of the game, the ’rusty’ ones who played many years ago and wish to re-acquaint themselves with the game, advanced players sharing their experience with beginners and anyone who wishes to just observe a game.


    • 10/15/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • IWA Office, 307 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 702, Chicago, IL 60601
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    October 2019 Board of Directors Meeting (by invitation only)

    • 10/16/2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • IWA Office, 307 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 702
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    Program: Try Out A New Interest Area - Mah Jongg!

    Please come and join your IWA friends in a fun and friendly game of Mah Jongg! There is nothing more exciting than when, with your heart racing, your adrenaline pumping, your palms sweating, and you call " Mah Jongg"!

    NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO SOCIAL TIME PRIOR TO THE PROGRAM.

    ALL LEVELS ARE WELCOME!


    • 10/17/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • IWA Office, 307 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 702
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    • 10/18/2019
    • 10:30 AM
    • IWA Office, 307 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 702
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    Book: Lovers at the Chameleon Club (284 pages)

    Author: Francine Prose

    Leader: Caroline Cracraft

    Note: 10:30 a.m. SOCIAL, 11 a.m. DISCUSSION. Please read the book before attending the discussion


    • 10/21/2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Pinstripes Bistro, 435 E. Illinois St., Chicago
    • 39
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    • 10/22/2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • IWA Office, 307 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 702
    • 30
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    Program: Japanese Tea Ceremony Tasting & Origami Pre-Gala Event


    Please join us for a Japanese tea ceremony! Members will be able to try the tea and tea-mate. Our presenter from Japan will also demonstrate the art of origami.


    Presenter: Asami Iba, Culture Exchange Facilitator of Japan Foundation GEN-J Program


    NOTE: THIS PROGRAM IS FREE AND LIMITED TO 40. 10:30 a.m. SOCIAL, 11 a.m. PROGRAM



    • 10/23/2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • TBD

    SAVE THE DATE:

    IWA Membership Evening Event

    October 23, 2019

    Details TBA

    • 10/25/2019
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Taqueria Los Comales, 1544 18th St.
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    Program: Lunch at Taqueria Los Comales Mexican Restaurant.


    “Best tacos in town!” Order from menu. Cash preferred. BYOB.


    After lunch join us at the Natural Museum of Mexican Art (see Insider Chicago calendar entry). We will also take a stroll through Pilsen and view its amazing wall murals and mosaics. The museum is a short walk from the restaurant. Mural map provided at lunch. See for yourself why Forbes Magazine, in its 6/22/2018 issue, includes Chicago Pilsen as one of the twelve coolest neighborhoods around the world!


    RSVP BY 10/22/19 

    NOTE: THIS IS A JOINT EVENT WITH INSIDER CHICAGO. Please register for the lunch tour and museum separately.



    • 10/25/2019
    • 1:45 PM - 3:30 PM
    • National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St.
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    Program: National Museum of Mexican Art, guided tour of Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) exhibit (in English)


    Learn about the life-affirming tradition of celebrating departed loved-ones in this beautiful and evocative exhibit by Mexican artists. Fabulous gift shop!


    Join us for lunch and a walk through Pilsen before the tour (see International Dining October entry).


    Street parking or CTA pink line, exit 18th Street. CTA buses 9 or 50.


    RSVP BY 10/22/19 with your $15 donation ($10 to support IWA’s philanthropic programs, $5 for museum tour guide.)


    Questions: Dell Harmsen (email provided upon registration)


    NOTE: PRE-REGISTRATION AND ON-LINE PAYMENT REQUIRED. 2 p.m. SHARP (MEET IN LOBBY 1:45 p.m.). THIS IS A JOINT PROGRAM WITH INTERNATIONAL DINING. Maximum: 30.  Please register for the lunch tour and museum separately.

    • 10/26/2019
    • 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • The Graham Foundation, 4 W Burton Pl., Chicago, IL 60610
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    October 2019 Spotlight Program

    European Culture: Dutch Architectural Design and its Social Imagination





    Program: This talk will focus on a number of important and interesting aspects of recent Dutch architectural history, such as garden cities, post-war reconstruction, mega structures, shift to small scale developments, urban regeneration projects and livable ecologically balanced and economically attractive cities, as well as the impact of the recent financial crisis on Dutch architecture. Guests are welcome.


    Speaker: Sasha Zanko, Program Coordinator, Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize, Illinois Institute of Technology, College of Architecture


    RSVP BY 10/24/19

    NOTE: DATE, TIME AND PLACE CHANGES.  10:30 a.m. SOCIAL, 11 a.m. PROGRAM



    • 10/29/2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • IWA Office, 307 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 702
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    Program:  Idioms and other oddities of the English Language


    Our annual program on the weirdnesses  of the English language -- idioms, puns, mis-translations on signs, etc.  And the difference between American English and that spoken in other English-speaking countries. Bring your stories, be ready for lots of laughter.  The tales are hilarious!


    Presenters:  All of  us!!


    NOTE: DATE CHANGE, 10:30 a.m. Social,  11 a.m.  Program

    • 10/29/2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • 320 River Bar, Westin Chicago River North, 320 N. Dearborn St., Chicago
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    • 11/06/2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Starbucks, Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, 221 N. Columbus Dr.
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    • 11/06/2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Starbucks, Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, 221 N. Columbus Dr.
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