Alumni Weekend @ Home 2021

To learn more and to register, visit the Alumni Weekend @ Home website. Attendees must create a Hopin account to view each event at the allocated time.* All programs are free and open to the public. Additional Alumni Weekend packages with speciality items are also available to purchase. 

International House Global Voices Author Program with Dr. Reuben Jonathan Miller

Friday, June 4, 2021 | 4:00pm-5:00pm

International House will host Dr. Reuben Jonathan Miller, AM’07, Assistant Professor, Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice, as he speaks on his latest book Halfway Home: Race, Punishment, and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration. Dr. Miller will be in conversation with Craig Futterman, Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School.

Dr. Miller, a chaplain at the Cook County Jail in Chicago and sociologist studying mass incarceration, spent years alongside prisoners, ex-prisoners, their friends, and their families to understand the lifelong burden that even a single arrest can entail. What his work revealed is a simple, if overlooked truth: life after incarceration is its own form of prison. The idea that one can serve their debt and return to life as a full-fledge member of society is one of America’s most nefarious myths. Recently released individuals are faced with jobs that are off-limits, apartments that cannot be occupied, and votes that cannot be cast.

Halfway Home: Race, Punishment, and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration shows that the American justice system was not created to rehabilitate. Parole is structured to keep classes of Americans impoverished, unstable, and disenfranchised long after they’ve paid their debt to society.

Presented as part of the annual International House Global Voices Lecture Series and co-sponsored by the Seminary Co-op Bookstores. Copies of the book are available for purchase at

International House Argentine Barbecue – Asado & Wine Tasting

Broadcast available throughout Alumni Weekend

Asado (Spanish: [aˈsaðo]) is the technique and the social event of having or attending a barbecue in various South American countries, especially Argentina and Uruguay where it is also a traditional event. An asado usually consists of beef, pork, chicken, chorizo, and morcilla which are cooked on a grill called a parrilla, or an open fire. Generally, the meats are accompanied by red wines and salads. The meat is prepared by a person who is the assigned asador or parrillero. Our asador for Alumni Weekend is Norberto Zas, owner of Piccolo Mondo restaurant in Hyde Park. Join International House as we sample and learn about the delicious meats and wine.

-Asado Argentino (barbecue of all natural, grass fed cow beef cooked with natural charcoal and red oak wood)
-Appetizer: Choripan (sausage, French bread, and chimichurri)
-Salad: Mix greens with tomato, onions, and infusion dressing
-Molleja: Veal sweetbread, olive oil, peppers, onions, and touch of white vinegar infusion
-Morcilla: Black sausage
-Entrania: Thin cut, juicy and crispy beef
-Vacio: Soft, crispy outside, inside medium rare beef.

Featured wine to pair: Urano Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina)

The Chicago Ensemble Virtual Concert with Highlights from the 2021 Season

Sunday, June 6, 2021 | 10:30am-11:30am

Join the International House community for a virtual Sunday morning chamber music concert led by virtuoso pianist Gerald Rizzer, AB’62, and members of The Chicago Ensemble. In residence at International House, The Chicago Ensemble is known for its eclectic programs that combine masterworks with surprising selections by composers past and present. The concert will include highlights from the 2021 season: Classical Period (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven), German Romantic (Spohr, Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Wolf and Brahms), French Romantic (Franck, Chausson, Duparc, Fauré, Debussy, Ravel, Poulenc, and Milhaud), 20th Century Europe (Hindemith, Prokoviev, Berg, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, and Bartok).

The program will also include a look ahead to the season finale Program V - Masterworks of 20th Century America planned for Sunday, June 13.

*This event will also be streamed on the I-House YouTube channel.

Presented as part of the annual International House Global Voices Performing Arts Series.