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International House Times THE NEWSLETTER FOR FRIENDS & ALUMNI OF INTERNATIONAL HOUSE 2013 SPRING / SUMMER Since 1930. A dynamic global community advancing a world of greater understanding. Join us! IH Cultural Harmony: The Future Lives Here IN THIS ISSUE: Reflections on Iran Through The Prism of Argo Lowell Bergman Interviews Ken & Pat Taylor Share the I-House Love! PG 6 Berkeley's African Scholars PG 5 Millions who viewed the Oscar-winning film Argo are familiar with the broad outlines of the 1979 hostage crisis in Iran and that a Canadian Ambassador named Ken Taylor and his wife Dr. Pat Taylor, at their own peril, offered shelter to six would-be American hostages in their quest to return home. But lucky guests attending the 2013 I-House Gala learned the true inside story of the Canadian-led rescue, and came to appreciate the humanity and courage of the remarkable Taylors, who were honored as the first I-House Alumni Couple of the Year. Renowned investigative journalist and UC Berkeley professor Lowell Bergman interviewed the Taylors (video available on the I-House YouTube Channel) and asked just how accurate the Argo portrayal of what unfolded was. Said Ken "Don't confuse Hollywood with history— better to say, it was based loosely on a true story." Some elements were so different that when viewing the film the first time, Pat remarked she leaned over to Ken to quip: "so very exciting - did we get out ok?" A comment that secured his confident assurance they did indeed. (Continued on page 5) Front Entrance Remodel Continues Legacy of Access & Opportunity Cultural Harmony PG 3 Notable Alumni Blum & Brown PG 4 A major summer 2013 renovation to the front entrance and lobby of International House will not only improve its appearance, function, and energy efficiency, but will also continue important improvements that enhance services for persons using wheelchairs. The new front entrance reception area Current resident Angelica Galang (left), a law student, also welcomes the new front desk and dual automated doors, saying, "I only learned recently how much the bathrooms at I-House were improved to ADA specs in the last few years. It's cool that I-House has some really prominent disability rights advocates in its alumni base and to know with these changes, and more planned in the dining hall, I-House keeps making improvements in this area." (Continued on page 5)

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