Maxcy College: A Place to Live, A World to Explore


Maxcimize Your Residential Experience
You’ll never be bored at Maxcy. Between culture nights, coffee, chocolate, and cheese tastings, lectures and panels with our Visiting Fellows, cooking demonstrations, language conversation hours, regular Tea Times, and our weekly radio show, there’s so much to do in our community! The best part? You get to do all of these things with your friends and neighbors from all around the world.

Culture Nights
Let your friends and neighbors show you the world right in our very own dining room. Maxcy’s international residents plan and host culture nights showcasing the food, customs, and cultures of their home countries, helping you explore the globe without even leaving the building. The Dutch holiday Sinterklaas has become an annual tradition at Maxcy, and we’ve also celebrated Chilean Independence Day, Australia Day, Aruba Day, and Chinese New Year. Have an idea for a world holiday we should be marking? Get your friends together and let’s make it happen!

Coffee, Cheese, and Chocolate Tastings
We love to eat well at Maxcy, and we don’t limit ourselves just to meals. Coffee and cheese tastings have provided us the opportunity to not only taste the flavors of the world, but also an entrée point for discussion about global commerce. Local businesses bring their expertise to Maxcy for these events, providing you connections to both their products and their business acumen. Drip Coffee, Sweet Cocoa, and Whole Foods Market have guided us through these tasty adventures in past semesters.

Visiting Fellows
Ever wanted to take dance lessons from a professional? Ever wondered what it’s like to have lunch with the Dalai Lama? You can find out about both through our Visiting Fellows program. Once a semester we invite a special guest to Maxcy to share their expertise with you. During their week-long tenure as Maxcy Visiting Fellow, these guests host events related to their field, and even stay in the guest apartments right here in our building. Past Fellows include professional international dancer, Jade Curtis, and Research Director of the Nobel Institute, Asle Toje.

Cooking Demonstrations
One of our favorite things about Maxcy is our state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen. Once a month we invite a professional chef to come cook some international cuisine for us, and we have the best job: we do the eating! Come early to learn cooking techniques from around the world and play sous chef to a pro.

Language Conversation Hours
Learning a foreign language? Whether you’re just getting started or want to maintain your already-excellent skill level, you can get your practice at weekly conversation hours. French, Spanish, Portuguese, and German clubs are all represented at Maxcy, with other languages soon to follow. Don’t see your foreign language listed yet? Come start a conversation hour!


Tea Time
Our weekly Tea Time is a solid hour (sometimes more) of great conversation and delicious tea. Each week we sample a different tea from around the world, and enjoy conversation with a special – and surprise! – guest from beyond Maxcy. We spend the hour discussing various topics, to include global politics and world events. Past Tea Time guests have included local artists, musicians and poets, an archaeologist working in Benin, facilitators from the Anne Frank House Museum in Amsterdam, and even USC’s first couple, President Pastides and Mrs. Moore-Pastides themselves! You never know who you’re going to meet at Tea Time!


Passport Playlist Radio Show
Who doesn’t love music? We sure do, and we think it’s a great way to learn about other cultures and languages. Each week we invite a new international guest to bring a playlist of artists from their home countries. Between sets of music we chat about what life is like wherever they’re from. So far we’ve explored music from Scotland, Barbados, Hong Kong, Estonia, Latvia, Norway, Ireland, Sweden, Nigeria, Senegal, Haiti, Italy, England, India, Bangladesh, and mainland China. The show is live every week on WUSC 90.5 FM and HD-1 Columbia. Click here [insert link] to stream live. Missed the live show? Not to worry! Follow us on Spotify (search audio_voyager) for complete music playlists, and find us on Facebook [insert link] for full recordings and pictures from the show.


Ore and Sade’s Semester Reading Initiative
This is one of our newest and most treasured programs – and our Maxcy students created it! Maxcy alums Ore Oluwole and Sade Erinfolami had a vision: everybody at Maxcy would read the same timely book and we’d all gather on one special evening in the middle of the semester to discuss it. Spring semester 2016 was our first go-round, and it was a rousing success. It was standing room only at our mid-semester discussion of Ta-Nahesi Coates’ Between the World and Me! Stay tuned to learn next semester’s title, and for announcements about how you can get the book for free.