Events Calendar

Upcoming Events

Mon. February 15,
11:30am to 12:30pm

  • Topic: The Link Between Language and Culture

    As English becomes an increasingly global language we are encouraged to learn and improve our English skills. In many countries, speaking English is associated with being modern or well educated. But what do we lose when we all adopt the same language? Do we lose a part of our culture and identity when our native language is forgotten? We will be watching related TED Talk,

    Don't kill your language” by Suzanne Talhouk                                     


Fri. February 19, 3:00pm


    The Yale Peabody Museum’s new permanent Hall of Minerals, Earth and Space, the only exhibition of its kind in Connecticut, is designed to foster an appreciation for the wonders of our planet and solar system. Start your journey through geologic history at the beginning of time, at the formation of the solar system and the earth to exploring interactive exhibits on the forces that drive our dynamic planet today. Discover the geologic history of southern New England that goes back over a billion years to the dazzling array of wonders from the mineral kingdom.

    This new permanent exhibition draws on the vast collections of the Yale Peabody Museum, and on the latest scientific research.

    Our OISS colleague, Uma Shankar, will be there to accompany in this guided tour. We will meet at the front steps of the Peabody Museum entrance. Plan to be there at least 15 minutes in advance.


Mon. February 22,
5:30pm to 7:00pm

  • It's a complicated journey from leaving your own country to establishing yourself in America. How do immigrants assimilate into the new culture and what part of their culture do they retain? When do they begin to  feel “American,” and do immigrants ever truly “belong” to any one place? During this informal panel, we will hear the voices of several immigrants who have navigated their way through this arduous and emotional journey, as well as share our own experiences about transitioning into American life.

    Light coffee hour/tea time -style refreshments will be served. Open to the Yale community, Registration not required.

    Register Here

Tue. February 23,
4:00pm to 5:00pm

  • Feeling cold and dreary? Want to get out of the house and try something new? Join OISS for our first ever session of Laughter Yoga, led by world renowned teacher, Robert Rivest. Laughter Yoga combines interactive laughter exercises with deep centering breaths and calming movements. It’s a joyful way to connect with others and laugh your blues away. Learn more about Laughter Yoga here.  Wear comfortable clothes!

    Register Here

Sat. February 27,
1:00pm to 6:00pm


    Escape the routine of wintry New Haven and join your fellow students and scholars on the first ever OISS Connecticut Craft Brewery Tour!

    Mix and mingle with friends old and new as we explore three local breweries and get a generous taste of the Connecticut beer scene.  Your ticket includes:

    • A visit to Overshores Brewing in East Haven with a tour from the brewer.

    • A visit to Thimble Island Brewing in Branford with a private beer talk, tour of the facility, and a flight of three samples.

    • A visit to Stony Creek Brewery in Branford with a tour of the facility and samples throughout the tour.

    Pickup:  12:45pm at Helen Hadley Hall, 420 Temple Street.  We will be departing promptly at 1:00pm!

    Dropoff:  6:00pm at Helen Hadley Hall

    What to Bring:  You can eat snacks in the Thimble Island and Stony Creek tasting rooms.  Please bring cash and save your appetites for Stony Creek, where we will have extra time to enjoy the awesome food trucks.

    What to Buy:  Bus rules do not permit any glass containers or open containers of alcohol.  You may buy cans, crowlers, and merchandise, so bring cash, stock up, and support these great breweries!

    Who Can Come:  You must be 21 years or older to attend this event.  It is open to the Yale community only and you are required to sign a conduct agreement before you purchase a ticket.  We want everyone to have a great time, but please drink and act responsibly.  All sales are final, no refunds will be issued.


Sun. February 28,
12:00pm to 1:15pm

  • Feeling chilly? Want to get out and do something fun and seasonal? Take advantage of the cold with OISS as we ice skate at Ralph Walker Ice Rink. We’ll meet at the rink for an hour of skating. Entrance into the rink including skate rental is $5 (just mention you are with OISS when you pay). All skate levels welcome, including beginners. Remember to wear warm clothes!

    Register Here

Mon. February 29,
11:30am to 12:30pm

  • Topic: Balancing Work and Family

    Women have been struggling with balancing their education, careers, kids, health, family and everything else in their lives for decades.  So it is assumed that since most women work they must have everything figured out, but do they really?  Do men face this struggle too? Is it possible to find a balance to succeed as a parent, involved citizen and a professional?  We will be watching related TED Talk ,                                                                                      

    Can we have it all?” by Anne Marie Slaughter                                     


Wed. March 2,
4:00pm to 6:00pm

  • Join us for an exploration of the growing impact of casinos on life in the U.S. with Chloe Taft and Stephen Fan. As increased legalization of gambling gives rise to “mini Las Vegases” across the country, what is gained and what is lost? This talk is held in conjunction with the exhibit SUB URBANISMS: Casino Urbanization, Chinatowns, and the Contested American Landscape, on view through March 27 at New York's Museum of Chinese in America (

    Chloe Taft is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Integrated Humanities at Yale. She is the author of the forthcoming book From Steel to Slots: Casino Capitalism in the Postindustrial City. She received her PhD in American Studies from Yale. 

    Stephen Fan is Professor of Architecture at Connecticut College. His exhibit SUB URBANISMS: Casino Urbanization, Chinatowns, and the Contested American Landscape is an award-winning anthropological study of a community of immigrant Chinese casino workers in Connecticut. He received his Master of Architecture degree from Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Fri. March 4, 3:00pm


    The Gallery’s collection of American decorative arts ranges in date from the 17th century to the present day. Featuring approximately 20,000 objects in all media, the Yale University Art Gallery’s collection of American decorative arts is among the finest in the United States. It's particular strengths are in the colonial and early Federal periods, due in large part to generous gifts from Francis P. Garvan, B.A. 1897. Yale’s collection of early silver is noted for superior examples from New England, New York, and Philadelphia. 

    Our OISS colleague, Uma Shankar, will be there to accompany in this guided tour. We will meet at the front steps of the Yale Art Gallery entrance. Plan to be there at least 15 minutes in advance.



Mon. March 7,
11:30am to 12:30pm

  • Topic: The Women Who Rise To The Top

    Join us for a discussion on how women, who become successful leaders and CEOs, make it to the top. How do they navigate their lives and what can we learn from them? From American women heading Fortune 500 companies to Prime Ministers around the world, let’s talk about what drives these women to reach the pinnacle of achievement in their fields. We will be watching related TED Talk,

    Why we have too few women leaders” by Sheryl Sandberg                                      


Thu. March 10,
5:30pm to 7:00pm

  • From basic body language and eye contact to misplaced actions and words, what are the most awkward encounters you have faced abroad? How do we know when it’s OK to shake hands or hug? Should I hold a door open or offer to pay for a meal? Let’s talk about cultural expectations, appropriate customs and behaviors, and the unwritten rules that define our social relationships.

    Light coffee hour/tea time -style refreshments will be served. Open to the Yale community, Registration not required.

    Register Here


Mon. March 28,
11:30am to 12:30pm

  • Topic: Race Matters

    Race is an integral part of life in America. It remains an important yet sensitive topic to discuss but how do we start the conversation about critical issues? Through our ideas, debates and personal narratives, let’s discuss why race matters and watch a related TED Talk,

    Color Blind or Color Brave” by Mellody Hobson                                  


Fri. April 1, 8:00pm

  • Peter Oundjian, Conductor
    Music by Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, and more. Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1, Sun-A Park, piano Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8 .Winner of the Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition
    Our OISS colleague, Uma Shankar, will be there to accompany during this performance. We will meet at Woolsey Hall. Plan to be there at least 15 minutes in advance


Wed. April 6,
4:30pm to 6:30pm

  • Join us for a talk by J.D. Connor about the intermedial corporate integration of The Walt Disney Company, followed by a screening of some selections from Disney films. Mickey Mouse cupcakes will be served, and we'd love to hear about your encounters with Disney in the different shapes and forms its enterprises take around the globe.

Thu. April 7,
5:30pm to 7:00pm

  • From vaccinations to outsiders to the air we breathe, America often seems overcome by a culture of fear. But are Americans really afraid of EVERYTHING, and who or what perpetuates this fear? Is the media creating unnecessary anxiety among the populous by sensationalizing everything, or is there a legitimate reason to be afraid? Let’s discuss the prevalence of this fear, whether it is cause for concern, and how to approach it.

    Light coffee hour/tea time -style refreshments will be served. Open to the Yale community, Registration not required.

    Register Here


Fri. April 22,
11:30am to 1:00pm

  • Join us for a talk by Joshua Glick about Coney Island as an icon of the so-called American Dream. Lunch will be served, and we welcome your thoughts on how American amusement parks compare to those you've visited in other parts of the world.

Mon. May 2, 8:00pm

  • Two-time Academy Award winner Dianne Wiest returns to Yale Rep in Samuel Beckett’s masterpiece, Happy Days, staged by Artistic Director James Bundy. With her husband increasingly out of reach and the earth itself threatening to swallow her whole, Winnie’s buoyant optimism shields her from the harsh glare of the inevitable in this absurdly funny and boundlessly compassionate portrait of the human spirit.
    Our OISS colleague, Uma Shankar, will be there to accompany during this performance. We will meet at the Yale Repertory Theater. Plan to be there 15 minutes in advance.