Social Programs

Reimaginations Discussion Group

Reimaginations is a discussion group in which student thinkers from different countries and disciplines come together in order to "reimagine" crucial concepts of the human experience. Since its conception in 2017, graduate students have met at Reimaginations and discussed some of the most pressing social challenges in the world. Reimaginations will continue biweekly on Wednesday evenings throughout Fall Quarter. Please check the GRAD Events Calendar for future dates. 

Zoom meeting ID: 336-965-511


Beer & Books

Our grad book club will also continue virtually and take place on Wednesday evenings biweekly throughout Summer/Fall Quarter. Copies of the book will be provided to the first ten students who register for each session. Books are provided on the condition that you join us for the virtual discussion. If you are too late to receive a free book, you may still join us for the discussion by clicking here! Please check the GRAD Events Calendar for future dates and registration details. 

Zoom meeting ID: 974-5327-5394


International Cooking Club

The Graduate Commons Program is pleased to announce our new virtual International Cooking Club! Each individual session will see a demonstration for a vegetarian recipe led by one of our Graduate Fellows. International House will cover the cost of ingredients for those who register in advance. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis but additional unregistered students may still choose to join in. Recipe details for the next program will be provided soon!

Zoom meeting ID: 977-6527-6202


The Listening Room

Listen together and discover new music at our biweekly music listening session every other Tuesday. If you have a love for music then tune in to share it with other graduate students and experience a variety of genres from all over the world to discuss together. Please check the GRAD Events Calendar for future dates.

Zoom meeting ID: 885-297-342


Open Mic Series

The show must go on! Our Open Mic Series will continue virtually during Fall Quarter. Graduate students are invited to perform any kind of talent, or to simply join the Zoom meeting to support creative minds. More details on the next evening of performances coming soon!


Watch Parties

International House often hosts watch parties for various sporting and music events. Annual events include the Superbowl, Oscars, Eurovision Song Contest, and FIFA Champions League matches.


Show Me Chicago Trips

International House GRAD Global Impact Interns organize regular trips to must-see places around Hyde Park and the rest of the city of Chicago. Past trips have included Lincoln Park Zoo, White Sox baseball game, theatre trips, Robie House tours, Chicago Fire soccer game, as well as various Chicago neighborhoods such as Chinatown, Greektown, and Pilsen. These are a great way to explore the many exciting activities that this city has to offer in a group. We look forward to resuming our Show Me Chicago trips and tours when it is safe to do so. 


Grad Mixers & Cultural Celebrations

The Graduate Commons Program regularly hosts large student mixers, often connected to special cultural events. Recently, graduate students have come together to celebrate Diwali, Lunar New Year, and Mardi Gras.


All events are exclusively for graduate students at least 21 years of age.