October was a whirlwind of fun & festivities at Graduate Commons! On top of our traditional events with our fabulous Faculty Director team, we had a variety of new offerings.
We were fortunate to have two amazing “Meet the Scholar” speakers in October. In 10 Akron, Ms. Judith Sherman shared her experiences as a child of the holocausts. Not only did she share her personal experience as a young girl in the Ravensbruck concentration camp, but her transitional experience with other children afterwards.
Annette Gordon-Reed, the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School, Professor of History in the History Department, and Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute, spend an evening in Peabody Terrace. Dr. Gordon-Reed discussed her latest book, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (2008), which won numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize in history and the National Book Award for nonfiction.
As always, we celebrated fall in Cambridge with the 49th annual Head of the Charles Regatta. GCP traditionally holds a brunch and viewing of the race, but this year we added something extra—FREE yoga lessons, chair massages, & indoor rowing!
We had a fabulous turn out for brunch & hope that you all enjoyed watching the race from our awesome view at 10 Akron Street.
Residents took center stage in Akron/Cowperthwaite, planning and running their own events in collaboration with GCP. Residents learned how to bake and braid challah bread with Leah, and an introduction to the art of baking with Juliette. Finally, residents learned the basics of flamenco with the help of Sarah and the HUGSE Movers & Shakers. A big thank you to our residents who led these wonderful events!
In collaboration with Kevin Baum, Assistant Director for Student Activities @ the Harvard Graduate School of Education, we planned the 3rd Annual Graduate Student Trivia Tournament at the Queens Head Pub. Graduate Students from across campus battled it out to prove once and for all (or at least until next year)—who is the brainiest of them all?!
Your Community Advisor team put on some wonderful events this month. Residents in Peabody Terrace enjoyed a beautiful fall hike in the Middlesex Fells, a classy cocktail making class, and demonstrated their skills in a photo competition.
In Akron/Cowperthwaite residents tasted Wines of the World and Black Teas, toured the Arnold Arboretum and carved pumpkins.
For that mid-term crunch, all-day writing workshops & Latex demonstrations took center stage. Others brushed up on networking skills, by improving their “elevator” speech. We hope you enjoyed these events (and more) during October!
Cronkhite was also extremely busy during October—hosting regular Monday Night Football parties & a Friends marathon/trivia night. Residents learned how to cook with RA Dante, and ventured to the Harpoon Brewery with RA Laura. Halloween was celebrated with costumes and dancing, and Day of the Dead was enjoyed with Dr. Parra while creating a traditional alter.
We can’t forget the SPOOKY or SERENE trip to Salem! Residents could take a spooky tour of the Salem Witch museum or a serene afternoon at the Peabody Essex Museum.
Our Post-Graduate community sipped mimosas at their monthly brunch & ventured the high seas on a Harbor Islands tour. October was the start of a weekly story hour for the littlest GCP residents, and a very festive Halloween costume parade & pumpkin carving.
The end of October featured a very spooky Open House with the Hogles in Peabody Terrace. Amazing costumes, delicious food, & a great time had by all.
To wrap up this busy month, Dr. Carrasco and Dr. Parra hosted their annual Day of the Dead celebration. We enjoyed delicious traditional Mexican food, while learning about the history and traditions of this holiday.
We hope that you enjoyed October as much as we did!