Social Programs

Autumn Quarter 2020

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, however, students will need to be able to collect their groceries from a local Hyde Park store. Participants may choose to cook along or simply enjoy the demonstration and recreate the meal in their own time. Additional unregistered participants may also join the meeting using the Zoom details below.

Click here to view past recipes.

Next Program: Sunday, November 15, 5-7PM. 
We'll be hosting a special International Cooking Club to celebrate Diwali - the five-day festival of lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world. Registration to receive the free groceries is sold out, however, we welcome additional unregistered participants who wish to join the celebration! We'll be making both a savory (Egg Curry) and a sweet (Kheer) dish this evening - ingredients are listed to the right >>>

Meeting ID: 983-2900-6649

Grad Book Club

Our grad book club will also continue virtually and take place on Wednesday evenings biweekly throughout Autumn Quarter. Copies of the book will be provided to those who register in advance on the condition that you also join us for the virtual discussion - spaces are limited! If you are too late to receive a free book, we welcome you to still join the conversation using the Zoom details below! 

Click here to view past book titles

Open Mic Series

The show must go on! Our Open Mic Series returned virtually during Autumn Quarter. Graduate students are invited to perform any kind of talent, or to simply watch and enjoy via Zoom to support creative minds. Stay tuned for next program coming soon!

The Listening Room

Listen together and discover new music at our monthly music listening session. 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.

Meeting ID: 926-4776-4539

Grad Mixers & Cultural Celebrations

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

Next Program: Diwali Celebration, Sunday, November 15, 5-7PM.

Meeting ID: 983-2900-6649

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 Autumn Quarter. Please check the Calendar of GRAD Events for future dates and topics.

Meeting ID: 984-7449-7371

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 White Sox baseball game; Chicago Fire soccer game; Robie House tours; various museums; rooftop brunches; holiday attractions, such as Lincoln Park zoo lights and Chriskindlmarket; as well the many wonderfully diverse 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. Until the day that we can return to exploring the many exciting activities that this beautiful city has to offer together in groups, we would like to continue to provide a platform to share the best must-see locations and hidden gems. Do you have a favorite spot that you have discovered, either in Hyde Park, or somewhere further across Chicago? Submit your chosen place here (pictures and videos are a bonus!) and if we feature it on our social media, then we'll guarantee to arrange a trip for you and a group of other graduate students once it is safe to do so.

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.

All events are exclusively for graduate students.

Join the GRAD Life Facebook Group for all Zoom links and passwords.

Egg Curry
-ginger (0.25lb)
-plum tomatoes (x4)
-large yellow onion
-green chili pepper
-cayenne pepper powder
-turmeric powder
-cumin seeds
-cinnamon sticks
-bay leaves

-indian basmati rice 
-whole milk
-sliced almonds

Click here to submit your favorite Chicago must-see places and win a visit for you and a group of graduate students!