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TableTop Day: Fundraiser Edition

Saturday, Dec 2, 3 pm
OISS, 421 Temple Street

For our last game night of the semester, join us for a fundraiser in support of AYUDH Change, an initiative to support educational empowerment efforts in Haiti, India, the Philippines, and Kenya. 100% of the money collected will go towards sending children in need to school. We will ask for a suggested donation of $10/person at the door or you can donate directly to AYUDH through their Venmo account - @AYUDH-Change. In return, you'll be rewarded with delicious food (not just pizza) and...

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Desserts from Around the World with Sanctuary Kitchen & OISS

Thursday, Nov 16, 5:30 pm
OISS, 421 Temple Street

We are thrilled to be partnering with Sanctuary Kitchen for an evening of cross-cultural sharing with refugee cooks from Syria, Iraq, and the Sudan. 

We will be introducing everyone to a few traditional Thanksgiving desserts, and then each cook will bring an authentic dessert that is popular in their home country. Throughout the evening, we will be sampling: 

Basbousa (Sudan) - a traditional sweet cake made from semolina, drizzled with sweet syrup Ma’amoul (Iraq) -...
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Sold Out: Thanksgiving at Home

Thursday, Nov 23, All Day
Varies by host

Each November, the OISS makes special arrangements for interested international students and scholars (and their families) to join a local family for Thanksgiving dinner. This is one of our favorite traditions, and a great opportunity to experience an American holiday with a local family. Our hosts come from a variety of backgrounds in the Yale community, each with their own set of family traditions.

We do our best to place as many students and scholars as possible, but we cannot...

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Koru Mindfulness at OISS

Wednesday, Nov 8, 5:30 pm
OISS, 421 Temple Street

Stressed? Can't sleep? Trouble focusing? Enroll in Koru Mindfulness, a four-week course designed to teach busy students basic mindfulness and meditation skills. The curriculum is evidence-based and shown to increase sleep quality, decrease stress and improve self-compassion and gratitude. Students are required to attend all four class meetings and dedicate just 10 minutes per day to formal meditation practice.

A required text, The Mindful Twenty-Something, is available on Amazon...

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Understanding America: Inside Local Government - Guided Tour of City Hall

Thursday, Nov 30, 5:30 pm
City Hall, 161 Church Street

For our final session of the fall, join us for a discussion about U.S. local government and a guided tour of New Haven's City Hall. Not only is City Hall a beautiful piece of architecture on The Green, but the heart and mind of New Haven's government operations. Al Lucas, the Director of Legislative Services, will guide us through the building as we discuss the legislative process, the types of issues that local government handles, political debates, and voting procedures. We know that...

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Uma's Afternoon: Guided Tour of the Yale University Art Gallery

Friday, Nov 10, 3:30 pm
Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel Street

Join OISS staff member, Uma Shankar, and Yale University Art Gallery staff for a one hour guided tour of the Yale University Art Gallery, the oldest University Art Museum in the Western Hemisphere, founded in 1832 when John Trumbull donated more than 100 of his paintings to Yale College. The Yale Art Gallery has since expanded to become a major art museum with holdings from virtually all national schools and important periods in the history of art.

The Gallery has well over 200,000...

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MakeHaven Tour & Workshop

Tuesday, Nov 14, 5:30 pm
MakeHaven, 266 State Street

Do you like building and crafting cool things? Interested in electronics, 3D printing, or beer brewing? Join us for a tour of New Haven's own "makerspace" at MakeHaven. We'll have a guided tour of all of the awesome machines and tools, followed by a short Q&A with Chief Maker J.R. Logan. MakeHaven is in the arts district of downtown and contains an electronics workbench, wood shop, crafting area, 3D printers, a laser cutter, CNC wood mill, metal CNC, vacuum former, and a...

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Spooky Pumpkin Carving Social

Thursday, Oct 19, 5:30 pm
OISS, 421 Temple Street

Halloween is just around the corner, and that means it's pumpkin carving season in the States! Join us for a special workshop for VARs and Student Interns at Yale, where we will teach you how to carve your very own Jack O’ Lantern. The workshop will be led by our OISS Pumpkin Carving expert, Sarah Solarski, who's won multiple pumpkin carving competitions in Guilford, CT throughout the years!

The ticket price includes your own pumpkin, carving tools, fall treats, and endless amounts...

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Privacy Lab: Digital Self-Defense

Thursday, Nov 2, 5:30 pm
OISS, 421 Temple Street

Are you an international student or scholar concerned about your online privacy? Learn Digital Self-Defense from the team at Privacy Lab, a new initiative of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. We'll talk about cybersecurity on campus, elsewhere inside the U.S., and while traveling. *Please bring your laptops and mobile devices.*

We'll cover best-practices for daily tasks like Web searches and handling passwords. You'll learn how to use secure software on the...

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ISPY Halloween Trick-or-Treating

Tuesday, Oct 31, 3:30 pm
OISS, 421 Temple Street

Calling all Halloween lovers and candy consumers!

You are formally invited to our annual Halloween Trick-or-Treating event at the OISS from 3:30-5:00pm on Tuesday, October 31st. It will be spooky and maybe a little scary, but age appropriate for all! Please bring your little ones (costumes highly encouraged) so they can collect candy as they do their rounds around the various offices. Our neighbors across the street at Helen Hadley Hall are also ready to welcome you after you stop...

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Tour of Sacred Spaces at Yale

Friday, Oct 27, 3:30 pm
Battell Chapel, 400 College St

The OISS is partnering with the Chaplain's Office to take you on a tour of Yale's sacred spaces. Join us for a 1.5 hour walking tour where we will visit Yale's Buddhist Shrine, Musalla, Hindu Prayer Room, Battell Chapel, Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale, and the Saint Thomas More Catholic Center & Chapel. We will end at the Chaplain's Office in old campus with free ice cream and a chance to ask questions.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to discover new spots...

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Understanding America: Post-Industrial Cities – A New Haven Case Study

Tuesday, Oct 24, 5:30 pm
OISS, 421 Temple Street

Join us for our second session of our Understanding America series, led by Peter Crumlish, the Executive Director and General Secretary of Dwight Hall, Yale’s student-led center for public service and social justice. In this session we will explore New Haven’s recent history as it transitioned from an industrial hub to a post-industrial city, and how this has impacted the socioeconomic make-up of the urban area from the mid-20th century onward. We will examine housing and zoning issues,...

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Navigating Immigration: How to Talk to Employers about H-1B Sponsorship

Thursday, Oct 12, 4 pm
OISS, 421 Temple Street

This year OISS will host several information sessions in a series called Navigating Immigration. This first session is intended for students who will soon graduate and are looking at career options in the U.S. Although for most the starting point is to apply for F-1 Optional Practical Training - this session will look beyond that and help plan for the future. Topics will include how to research whether or not an employer has sponsored H-1B employees in the past, the costs associated with...

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American Football 101: Yale vs. Columbia

Saturday, Oct 28, 11:30 am
OISS, 421 Temple Street

Have you ever been to an American football game? Well here's your chance! On Saturday, October 28th, we are co-hosting a program with a New York City non-profit, One To World, to bring together international students from Columbia University and other schools in the area for the Yale vs. Columbia football game! We will teach everyone the basics of American football and then cheer on the Bulldogs at the game. There will be fight songs, cheerleaders, and a marching band...what more could you...

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Pizza & Games: Fall Edition

Saturday, Oct 21, 3 pm
OISS, 421 Temple Street

Don't miss our fall edition of Pizza & Games Night at the OISS! Join us any time between 3-9pm for board games, food, and good company. The amazing Ludi et Veritas will be hosting the event for the evening and will be there to help answer questions and get new games going as people walk in.

If you have a personal board game of your own, feel free to bring it along, and we will have plenty of games available for you to choose from.

This event is free, but registration is...

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Day Trip to NYC & Guided Tour of Harlem

Saturday, Oct 7, 8 am
New York, New York

Join us for a day trip to the Big Apple! We will be traveling as a group on the Metro North, meeting at Union Station in New Haven at 8:00am. We will arrive to 125th Street in Manhattan a little after 10:00am, and begin our day with a guided tour of Harlem! We will start at the famous Apollo Theater and then walk through Harlem while we discuss and discover the deep history of the neighborhood and it's roots in political organizing, civil rights struggles, the NAACP, and the Harlem...

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Understanding America: Yale in New Haven - The Early Years

Thursday, Sep 28, 5 pm
OISS, 421 Temple Street

After settling in to life at Yale, international students, scholars, and family members may be curious about their new hometown of New Haven as well as the broader culture of living in America. You are not alone - with all that is happening in the U.S. at present, many of us are re-evaluating our understanding of the people, the culture, and government of the U.S. Join us in this year-long series of talks as we attempt to crack some of the codes and break down key issues at Yale, New...

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Uma's Evening at the Philharmonia

Friday, Oct 27, 6 pm
OISS, 421 Temple Street

Reception at OISS (421 Temple): 6:00pm Concert at Woolsey Hall (500 College St): 7:30pm

We are excited to invite international scholars, students, and their families to the Yale Philharmonia concert on Friday, October 27th at 7:30pm at Woolsey Hall. We will host a light reception at the OISS at 6:00pm and walk over to the play as a group at 7:00pm. You also have the option of coming directly to the concert.

Principal conductor Peter Oundjian leads the Yale Philharmonia with...

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Uma's Evening at the Yale Rep: Enemy of the People

Friday, Oct 6, 6:30 pm
OISS, 421 Temple Street

Reception at OISS (421 Temple): 6:30pm Play at University Theater (222 York Street): 8:00pm

We are excited to invite international scholars, students, and their families to the Yale Rep's production of "Enemy of the People” on Friday, October 6th at 8.00pm at University Theatre. We will host a light reception at the OISS at 6:30pm and walk over to the play as a group at 7:30pm. You also have the option of coming directly to the play.

Synopsis: A small Norwegian town is...

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Session 4: Outdoor Yoga & Meditation for Stress Relief, Fall 2017

Thursday, Sep 28, 6 pm
Yale Health, 55 Lock Street

Join us this fall for four outdoor yoga and meditation sessions on the front lawn of Yale Health. Get out of your labs and classrooms for an hour of relaxation and stress relief under the sun! These sessions will be led by the amazing Tracy George, a Yale Health Educator, who also runs the Koru Mindfulness series across campus.

This event is BYOM (bring your own mat), or you can simply practice on the grass and embrace being outside. The sessions are free, but you must register in...

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Session 3: Outdoor Yoga & Meditation for Stress Relief, Fall 2017

Thursday, Sep 21, 6 pm
Yale Health, 55 Lock Street

Join us this fall for four outdoor yoga and meditation sessions on the front lawn of Yale Health. Get out of your labs and classrooms for an hour of relaxation and stress relief under the sun! These sessions will be led by the amazing Tracy George, a Yale Health Educator, who also runs the Koru Mindfulness series across campus.

This event is BYOM (bring your own mat), or you can simply practice on the grass and embrace being outside. The sessions are free, but you must register in...

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Session 2: Outdoor Yoga & Meditation for Stress Relief, Fall 2017

Thursday, Sep 14, 6 pm
Yale Health, 55 Lock Street

Join us this fall for four outdoor yoga and meditation sessions on the front lawn of Yale Health. Get out of your labs and classrooms for an hour of relaxation and stress relief under the sun! These sessions will be led by the amazing Tracy George, a Yale Health Educator, who also runs the Koru Mindfulness series across campus.

This event is BYOM (bring your own mat), or you can simply practice on the grass and embrace being outside. The sessions are free, but you must register in...

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Session 1: Outdoor Yoga & Meditation for Stress Relief, Fall 2017

Thursday, Sep 7, 6 pm
Yale Health, 55 Lock Street

Join us this fall for four outdoor yoga and meditation sessions on the front lawn of Yale Health. Get out of your labs and classrooms for an hour of relaxation and stress relief under the sun! These sessions will be led by the amazing Tracy George, a Yale Health Educator, who also runs the Koru Mindfulness series across campus.

This event is BYOM (bring your own mat), or you can simply practice on the grass and embrace being outside. The sessions are free, but you must register in...

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Chips & Dips & Games, Oh My!

Friday, Sep 22, 5 pm
OISS, 421 Temple Street

If you are a new Masters or PhD student at Yale, enjoy free snacks, and like to try new board games, then this is the event for you!

Don't miss our special edition of Games Night at the OISS aimed at bringing together new Graduate & Professional students in a relaxed & fun environment! Join us any time between 5-8pm for board games, chips & dip, and good company. The amazing Ludi et Veritas will be co-hosting with us for the evening and will be there to help answer...

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OISS Trip to Lighthouse Point Park

Saturday, Aug 26, 11:30 am
Lighthouse Point Park, 2 Lighthouse Rd, New Haven

Spend the day enjoying the beautiful beach at Lighthouse Point Park! While this park is only a 25 minute drive away, it is truly a hidden gem in New Haven. Join us to make some new friends, play a few games, and soak up the last few days of the summer sun. We can't wait to see you there!

What to bring: We recommend you bring a towel, comfortable shoes for the beach, suncreen, bug spray, and a lunch/snacks (there is a concession stand at the park, if you prefer to buy your food...

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