I-House Connection March 2016

March 11, 2016 Laurie Ferris

The I-House Connection

Join us for upcoming events in March & April!

International House Gala
Thursday, March 31st, 2016

6:00 pm Music & Mingling  | 7:00 pm Dinner & Program

$275 per person
$150 per person for Young Diplomats (35 years of years of age and under)

Chevron Auditorium International House Berkeley
2299 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley, CA

Limited seating available | RSVP by Friday, March 25th
Register online or contact us at 510.642.4128 or ihalumni@berkeley.edu

Eventbrite - 2016 I-House Awards Celebration & Gala Honoring Dr. Marian Diamond and I-House Alumni Faculty of UC Berkeley

Our 2016 Gala Honorees

Dr. Marian Diamond

Dr. Marian Diamond (IH 1949-52)

International House Alumni Faculty Award, presented this year in memory of
Dr. Glenn Seaborg (IH 1934-35)

Also Honoring:

I-House Alumni Faculty Members
at University of California Berkeley

Faculty and faculty emeriti of UC Berkeley who are also alumni of International House

For more details, visit ihouse.berkeley.edu/gala

Grad Slam Berkeley Championship
Monday, March 28th, 3:00 – 5:00 pm, Chevron Auditorium

Grad Slam is a competitive speaking event designed to showcase and select the best research presentations given by UC graduate students in three-minute “TED-like” talks. This event is open to the public and will also be live streamed.

Come to the Chevron Auditorium to root for I-House resident Joshua Yang, one of the ten semi-finalists, as he presents his TED-Talk style video! The first, second and third place winners will receive $3,000, $1,000 and $750, respectively.

Distinguished Judges:

• Jane McGonigal, Ph.D. alumna in Performance Studies, game designer, and TED Talk sensation
• Amy Slater, UC alumna, attorney, and lecturer
• Ram Kapoor, UCB Chief Marketing Officer

Joe Lurie

Joe Lurie, Executive Director Emeritus of International House Berkeley

Joe Lurie: Perceptions and Misperceptions in a Globalized, Polarized World
Wednesday, March 30, 7:00 pm

Gleaned from his years of research, travel and managing International House Berkeley, Lurie reveals how cultural filters distort perceptions of others in the worlds of immigration, diplomacy and business.

In association with NorCal Peace Corps Association, UC Berkeley’s International House, Stanford’s Bechtel International Center, Oshman Family JCC, and the Osher Institute of Life-Long Learning; books will be available for purchase at a deep discount to attendees – See more and register at: http://www.commonwealthclub.org/events/2016-03-30/joe-lurie-perceptions-and-misperceptions-globalized-polarized-world

Location: The Commonwealth Club, Palo Alto
Schultz Cultural Hall, 4th floor, Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto
Time: 6:30 p.m. check-in, 7 p.m. program, 8 p.m. book signing
Cost: $15 nonmembers, $8 members, $5 students (with valid ID)
I-House alumni discount code: UCBIH ($8 instead of $15)

Discover CalDiscover Cal Lecture Series: Insiders and Outsiders in 2016: Presidential Politics in a Changing America

April 5: Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane, Atherton
April 27: Lafayette Park Hotel, 3287 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Lafayette

Discover Cal ElectionAs we move toward a decision in November, the sociopolitical fault lines running through our country are increasingly evident. Join two of Cal’s leading experts on presidential politics for an analysis of the contentious (and often peculiar) race for the White House and its implications for America’s future.
Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door if space is available
6:30—7:30 pm Reception with light refreshments and cash bar
7:30—9 pm Presentation and audience Q&A

Johnny Avots-Smith, I-House Associate Director of Development, will be at the April 5th event, and Joy Iwasa, Director of Development, will attend the April 27th event. If you’re an I-House alum, register first, then let us know you’re planning to attend and we’ll bring a special alumni gift for you! Email ihalumni@berkeley.edu.

CalDay at I-House

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CalDay at I-House
Saturday, April 16th, 12:00 – 3:00 pm

Stop by I-House during Cal Day on April 16th! Show your I-House spirit in the photo booth in the Great Hall, or take a guided tour under the dome.

Open House: 12:00 – 3:00 pm
Tours: 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm

Staff Highlight: Johnny Avots-Smith

We’re happy to share a guest post by the I-House Associate Director of Development, Johnny Avots-Smith.

Johnny Avots-Smith

International House attracts incredible people. In my career, I have worked at several nonprofits and, most recently, another university across the Bay, and I can say that the I-House community of friends and alumni are some of the most interesting and passionate people I have had the opportunity to meet.

In the short time since I joined I-House, I have had the great pleasure of meeting alumni from across the globe and discovering through their stories how one person can have an impact on our entire I-House community.

I recently sat down with several alumni and families of alumni who are working hard to re-publish a book of recollections about the post-World War II era at I-House. Their enthusiasm is infectious and the great care that they have taken to include so many fellow alumni is a testament to the community that I-House fosters.

You too can make a difference at I-House. Whether it’s sharing your fond memories of your time under the dome through 85 Stories for 85 Years, visiting with your friends at a reunion, buying a ticket to the fabulous Gala, or making a gift to ensure that students continue to have access to the incredible experience of living under the dome, your involvement makes a real impact.

I hope you’ll take advantage of one (or all!) of these great opportunities to be involved. If you have another idea to get involved or want to talk about how you can make an impact on I-House’s future, feel free to give me a call at (510) 642-0124 – I’d be glad to talk with you over lunch in our beautiful new Dining Commons!

85 Stories for 85 Years

I-House: 85 Stories for 85 Years

We are still collecting stories from alumni over the coming months, highlighting the many ways I-House has touched those lucky enough to have lived under the dome.  Submit your story by email to ihalumni@berkeley.edu with your photos attached by April 30, 2016. Video messages welcome! Questions? Call us at (510) 642-4128.

Calling All Alumni!

Calling All AlumniWe’re working on the Spring I-House Times Newsletter and would love to hear from you. Email your news & notes to ihalumni@berkeley.edu. Photos are welcome!

We look forward to welcoming you back to I-House. If you’re in the area, please let us know!


The I-House Development, Alumni Relations & Communications Team

Joy Iwasa Johnny Avots-Smith Izzy Goodwin
Joy Iwasa
Director of Development & Communications
Johnny Avots-Smith
Associate Director of Development
Izzy Goodwin
Fundraising and Events Coordinator
Laurie Ferris Laurel Anderson-Malinovsky Teresa Magallón
Laurie Ferris
Webmaster / Communications Strategist
Laurel Anderson
Communications Coordinator
Teresa Magallón
Development Associate

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