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History Graduate Society

The History Graduate Society (HGS) is a graduate student-run organization with three primary aims:

  1. To create an all-inclusive organization, where all graduate students are welcomed, affirmed, and supported.
  2. To encourage professionalism among history graduate students by facilitating workshops and activities for members
  3. To facilitate communication and promote good relations between the graduate students, the faculty, and the greater UIC community

HGS is open to graduate students in every graduate program. See below for upcoming events & opportunities to get involved!

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Upcoming Events (2023-2024) Heading link

  • Social Events

    • Board game night: Friday, Oct. 27, 9th floor of University Hall!


    • HGS goes to Hamilton! Date to be decided in December.  Tickets would be $43. Contact Matthew at: for more details.


    • Documentary Screening Series: screenings of films that look at  contemporary U.S. history while also addressing public memory, the role of media, and social change. More dates to be announced soon!
  • Professional Development

    HGS pedagogy workshop: Wednesday, October 4, 12 pm, UH 950.

    Landing a job and your first publication: Navigating life after your PhD” with James Mestaz and Juanita del Toro, October 25th at 1pm

    HGS Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Workshop: Wednesday, November 11, 12 pm, UH 950


  • General Body Meetings

    Monthly meetings open to all graduate students. A chance for students to connect with each other, bring any issues to the attention of HGS, and learn about opportunities to get involved.

    Generally on the afternoon of the first Friday of the month, right before First Fridays.


    Friday, October 6th at 4pm in UH 950

  • First Fridays

    Monthly happy hours at locations near campus, generally on the first Friday of the month, from 5-7 pm.


    Friday, October 6th at PhD Pub (1257 S Halsted St)