Student Event Committees

A continuing highlight of the Speaker Series are the two student-led programs: the Chicago Style and International Policy Program. Each program is run by a committee of students, who identify topics, book guests, and moderate the discussions for these events. 

Chicago Style

Chicago Style is a student-led event series that delves deeply into the big issues of Chicago and Illinois politics. Past speakers have included prominent local elected officials, policymakers, political operatives, journalists, and community organizers. For example, in the 2015/16 year, the series produced eight events with prominent Chicago and Illinois leaders and politicians, from the Illinois State Treasurer to non-profit innovators in the South Side of Chicago. The committee also organized a site visit to learn about low income housing with the Chicago Housing Authority. 

Members of this committee will work closely with IOP staff and its Student Advisory Board to learn the skills needed for successful event production. This committee is responsible for:

• Researching and selecting event topics
• Researching potential speakers
• Crafting invitations for speakers
• Securing event space
• Ordering catering for attendees
• Marketing the event
• Managing event set-up and attendee check-in

International Policy Program (IPP)

The IPP series aims to highlight current events in global affairs. This series gives students the opportunity to invite experts in the Chicago area to discuss current hot-button topics around the world. For example, in the 2015/16 year, the committee hosted seven events on topics ranging from North Korea, human rights, and the world's reactions to Donald Trump's candidacy for president. The committee also organizes a career mentorship series that focuses on international relations and politics.

IPP events are students only. Interested students can join the IPP-specific list host at for news and updates specific to IPP-based events, career opportunities and treks, applications, and more.

Please contact Christine Hurley, Director, Speaker Series, at with any questions or suggestions.

News & Views 

“News and Views” is a student-led event series on news of the day that provides UChicago students with the opportunity to hear from prominent Chicago-based academic, civic, and media leaders in a meaningful off-the-record conversation. The committee has produced events with a very quick turnaround to discuss the world’s most pressing stories, such as the ISIS terror network and Apple security. 

News & Views events are students only.