Alumni Spotlight: Manuel Schulze and Torben Fischer

Happy Earth Day!

Some I-House alumni have taken the skills they learned at UC Berkeley to parts of the world where local communities are suffering due to the neglect of the environment. For this year’s Earth Day, I’d like to highlight two such alumni, Manuel Schulze (IH 2013-14) and Torben Fischer (IH 2013-14), who won a $10,000 cash grant from Davis Projects for Peace, a contest that supports grassroots projects around the world. Manuel and Torben envisioned a cleaner world when they started Recycle Up! Ghana in 2014.

I recently caught up with Manuel and Torben on Linkedin and I’m happy to report that their peace project has been a great success!

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I-House Executive Director Spotlight: Joe Lurie

International House Executive Director Emeritus Joe Lurie (IH 1988-2007) is featured in an oral history “spotlight” series, where he is interviewed by journalism graduate student Chan’Cellore Makanjuola (IH 2019-20). All four parts of the interview video are available to watch on our YouTube channel. I am pleased to announce that the audio podcast versions of the interviews are now available and linked below. 

Joe Lurie Interview in Home Room

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Joe Lurie: I-House Berkeley Through His Eyes

While International House at UC Berkeley shares a vast 90-year history, Joseph “Joe” Lurie arguably knows it the best. As its third executive director, Lurie led I-House for nearly 20 years from 1988-2007. Every room in the building has a story, even down to the details of the ceiling, and, given his extensive research of the residence, Lurie can tell you all about them.

A native New Yorker, Lurie dedicated his career to cross-cultural understanding. He was a member of the Peace Corps in Kenya in the late 1960s which sparked his interest in cross-cultural learning, something that would ultimately be conveyed through his leadership at I-House.

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Reopening Approved by Board of Directors

Hello I-House Community.  I am very pleased to share an announcement from I-House Executive Director Shaun Carver.

Shaun Carver, I-House Executive Director

Dear I-House Alumni and Friends,

I am pleased to announce that on February 1, 2021, the Board of Directors of International House at UC Berkeley unanimously approved moving forward with reopening in the Fall.  This decision was made after six months of study during the temporary closure for health and safety reasons, deliberations by a number of working groups composed of Board members and staff, expert external guidance, and important input from alumni and friends of I-House.

The Board also approved reestablishing events and catering operations when public health authorities indicate that the area is in the green (aspirational) and yellow (minimal) tiers.

I want to personally thank all of you for your dedication and support to keep I-House moving forward since the closure announcement just six months ago! We’re only halfway to welcoming residents and staff back to I-House. Still, I am excited about the work we get to do over the Spring and Summer and the collaboration I see happening. No doubt, there are many challenges still to come. But as long as we continue to learn, adapt, and communicate I am confident that we will be successful.

Thank you for helping to keep the I-House dream alive!

Sincerely,

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Shaun R. Carver
Executive Director
International House, UC Berkeley

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I-House Executive Director Spotlight: Martin Brennan

Former I-House Berkeley Executive Director Martin Brennan (IH 2007-2012) is featured in the latest oral history “spotlight” interview, where he shares memories from his time at the intercultural residence and lessons he learned during his leadership. As a former United States Ambassador to Zambia and Uganda, Brennan spent three decades working in foreign affairs and diplomacy that would ultimately translate into his leadership at International House.

An alumnus of UC Berkeley, Brennan attended the university in the 1970s and applied to live at I-House when looking for student housing but was too late and ended up on the waitlist. Little did he know that the opportunity would arise decades later for him to take a leadership position over the residence.

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All best wishes for 2021!

Seasons Greetings! Read the latest message from I-House Executive Director Shaun Carver.

I-House wishes health, peace and prosperity for you in the New Year

Dear I-House Alumni and Friends,

As we make the transition to 2021, we look towards our future with hope and intention.  When we made the difficult decision to close I-House earlier this year, we understood that it was unprecedented but necessary to ensure our top priority—the safety of our I-House community. Yet throughout the closure, we remain focused on continuing to advance our mission through our programs and services, all while preparing for our reopening in the year to come. I-House is most grateful to all who have supported us through this challenging time.

If you would like to make a 2020 gift and have not yet had the opportunity to do so, it’s not too late! Please consider donating now via our new fundraising site ihouse.berkeley.edu/donate, or by visiting the online version of our Annual Appeal.

With your support, I-House continues to foster a more just and peaceful world through intercultural understanding and mutual respect.

We are tirelessly working towards the day when we can safely welcome our vibrant community back to the House and know that we could not do what we do without the support of friends and alumni like you.  Best wishes for health, peace, and prosperity in the New Year!

Sincerely,

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Shaun R. Carver
Executive Director
International House, UC Berkeley

Due to potential postal delays, making your gift online is encouraged. If you wish to make a gift using a credit card, please do so online this year.  For those interested in U.S. tax benefits, gifts must be completed online by midnight PST December 31, 2020, and if by mail, envelopes with checks must be postmarked by December 31, 2020 to be tax-deductible for 2020.  The International House Federal Tax ID number is 94-1167403.  Pledge forms and other ways to give may be found on our website.

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I-House 2020 Annual Appeal Now Underway

Greetings from Berkeley!  I’m pleased to share a message from our Director of Philanthropy, Bill Howley.

Bill Howley

Bill Howley, I-House Director of Philanthropy

Dear I-House Alumni and Friends,

A heartfelt thanks to our alumni and supporters who have already provided financial contributions this fiscal year, including during the recent “Giving Tuesday.”  If you have not yet had an opportunity, we hope that you will consider supporting I-House and will make a gift now to help future residents have this singular opportunity to enjoy such a life-changing experience.

I-House relies on philanthropic support to provide financial aid, to preserve and to protect our historic home, and to allow for innovations in programming to prepare the next generation of leaders. This support is vital in fulfilling our mission as we face a basic reality: room and board fees do not cover fundamental expenses.  Generous support from Alumni and Friends makes up this difference.  During these turbulent times, and especially during the temporary closure of I-House due to public health and safety concerns, we need your support to prepare for our reopening.  To learn more, please visit our Annual Appeal page.

Thank you for cherishing your I-House memories and investing in the future!

Sincerely,

Bill Howley
I-House Director of Philanthropy
ihphilanthropy@berkeley.edu

Thanks for your support!

P.S. Please join our new global networking platform if you haven’t already at ihberkeleyconnect.org and share this message with your I-House friends!  You may also wish to take a look at our virtual donor wall at ihouse.berkeley.edu/donate.

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I-House Alumni Couple Spotlight: Sara and Giovanni

Greetings from Berkeley! I am so excited to share an I-House couple interview conducted by alumna Alina Bieschke (IH 2018-20). Our latest alumni spotlight video features Sara Bakhtary (IH 2004) and Giovanni Gonzalez Dubois (IH 2003-04), two people from very different backgrounds, who met and fell in love at International House. 

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The I-House Connection: November 2020

Embracing Diversity Amidst Profound Polarization

Dear I-House Alumni & Friends,

I hope that this message finds you well. In this edition of the I-House Connection, I’d like to share some thoughts on the recent U.S. election; highlight a conversation this Friday on race and journalism; share a wonderful I-House Generations Spotlight on the Stock & Tivol Family; and let you know about some exciting upcoming CIL events.

United States Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris has deep roots in Berkeley, where her parents met, and where she lived as a girl.  I invite you to read the Chancellor’s message on the historic election. You may also wish to view a number of reflections from others in the Berkeley community.

Statement from Executive Director Shaun R. Carver

Read my full statement and follow my posts on I-House Berkeley Connect. Thank you for your support of I-House!

Sincerely,

Shaun R. Carver
Executive Director
International House, UC Berkeley
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I-House Generations Spotlight: The Stock & Tivol Family

Nancy Stock Tivol (IH 1966-67) knows quite a bit about her family history through International House. From her son Steve Tivol (IH 1991-93) to her parents and also her in-laws from her husband’s side, the Stock and Tivol family’s presence at I-House Berkeley dates back to its inception in 1930.

“I looked it up and we started on both sides of this, Steve’s dad’s side and mine,” Nancy said. “[Steve] had an aunt who was there the year it opened in ’30-31. My father was there in ’31-32, my mother in ’33-34, another aunt-in-law in the early ‘40s, and then we go to the early 60s where I had a brother-in-law and a cousin who were there.

The positive experience from her parents recalled during their time at I-House inspired Nancy to live there when she was a student in the 60s. “They talked about the people they met, and how it really opened their eyes,” she said. 

Speaking with Nancy and Steve, the generational differences from their time at I-House were apparent. Men and women’s living quarters were still separated in the mid-’60s when Nancy was a resident, but that had changed by the time Steve arrived there 24 years later. “When I was there, it was co-ed with a couple exceptions,” he said. “There was a little wing on the third floor that had a very different look to it, so it was called the ‘hospital wing.’ That was all women.” 

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