Global Homecoming, News from Joe Lurie, UC Berkeley Global Leadership & Innovation Program, and more!

Dear alumni and friends,

Join Us! Global Homecoming is Sunday, October 14, from
10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Global Homecoming Entrance

Enjoy a day featuring exclusive I-House experiences, community building, and scrumptious international treats. The House will be buzzing with excitement, don’t miss out on the fun!

Activities include: an interactive discussion guided by the Roberston Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL) that demonstrates the neuroscience of how humans naturally react to cultural difference; a presentation on Cultural Disconnects with Refugees and Immigrants by I-House Executive Director Emeritus Joe Lurie; a thought-provoking Global Table Talk lunch with residents in the Dining Commons; and the popular Around the World Under the Dome fashion show and tasting festival.

FJoe Lurieor a full schedule of activities or more information, please visit:

$7 alumni and $12 community member ticket prices include admission to all events. Those who register by Wednesday, October 10th, will receive a special Global Homecoming commemorative gift. However, walk-ins are welcome.

Alumni at Global HomecomingBe an I-House Alumni Volunteer!

I-House alumni volunteers will receive free admission and a Global Homecoming t-shirt.

Talk It Up at Global Table Talk
Sign up for Global Table Talk from 12 pm – 1 pm in the Dining Commons and enjoy lively discussion over lunch with other I-House alumni and current residents. All participants will receive special desserts.

Global Homecoming Fashion Show

International Fashion Icons Needed
Join in our popular fashion show from 1:30 pm – 2 pm by modeling your favorite cultural attire. Limited spots are available for alumni to be models at this year’s show.

Help Us Welcome the World
Global Homecoming volunteer tasks include greeting, ticket taking, and event assistance. Shifts vary depending on need.

If you are interested in volunteering for any of the above activities, please email Angela Rauch by October 5th, and she will confirm your participation.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please email or call 510-642-4128.

Participate in the Host Family Program

Residents and hosts mingling Every year, volunteers, alumni, staff, and friends sign up for our Host Family Program to occasionally host an I-House resident for a dinner, a mini trip, an evening of conversation, or a holiday event. The goal is to ease the international student’s transition to their surroundings and to help them understand the local community and way of life. Hosts offer so much more that can be shared: cultural revelations, new perspectives on life, surprises, fun, and friendship. The commitment is minimal but the rewards are great!

Resident Host receptionWhat Host Families see: Participating resident names are added to a map (by country) along with details about their interests and what they’re studying. Families can read about them and learn about the diversity represented at I-House this year.

What residents see: Families that have opted to share similar information are added by name to a spreadsheet with details about what their interests are, what fields they work in, and what they’re looking forward to this year for the residents to experience.

Matching: Residents and families will be able to match themselves up using this tool. In addition, they will be able to meet at I-House events including Global Homecoming on October 14th.

More details:
Questions: Contact Gemma Givens Email: Phone: 510-642-9490

News from Joe Lurie (I-House executive director from 1988 to 2007)

The newly released, expanded edition of Joe Lurie’s Perception and Deception is a spirited exploration of cross-cultural miscommunications in an increasingly globalized, hyper-connecting world. With tweets and fake news rapidly crossing cultures without context, the expanded edition offers a timely, intriguing, and sometimes tragic array of intercultural encounters that have gone wrong across the globe because of the limitations of our respective cultural lenses.

There’s more than just a catchy and timely cover. Joe has added a fresh chapter, “Globalization and its Disconnects-Convergence Without Context,” focusing on spiraling misunderstandings across cultures, especially in the worlds of migration and refugees, religion, and technology.

To better cope with the disrupting forces of globalization, Joe has also added interactive activities at the end of each chapter (including the chapter about I-House). For more information, visit:

I-House Alumni Card Program

Alumni Card Program

Do you still have your International House at UC Berkeley alumni card? Has it expired?

All I-House Berkeley alumni cardholders are entitled to the following benefits: $2 discount in the I-House Dining Commons (click here to see current pricing), 20% off discount at the I-House Café, invitations to I-House events and reunions, exclusive networking opportunities, and much more.  Don’t miss out on these fantastic benefits.

Click here to request your new card today.

UC Berkeley Global Leadership & Innovation Program

Check out this video of an innovative program hosted by the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL) at International House.This 2-week intensive program is open to all undergrad and graduate level students worldwide looking to enhance their leadership practice in an academic or professional setting. Through various activities and simulations, students will develop tangible skills for leading and working in a global context.

For more information about this program, visit You can also email to connect with a CIL staff member.

Calling all alumni!Calling all alumni!

We’re working on the Fall I-House Times Newsletter and would love to hear from you. Email your updates to Photos are welcome!

The I-House Development, Alumni Relations & Communications Team looks forward to welcoming you back to I-House. If you’re in the area, please let us know!

Best regards from Berkeley,

I-House LogoI-House Development, Alumni Relations & Communications Team
(510) 642-4128 |

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About Laurie Ferris

As the Communications Strategist for International House at UC Berkeley, I share stories online and in our I-House Times Newsletter. I created this blog for alumni, residents, and staff to share the I-House experience with the UC Berkeley community and beyond. If you would like to contribute a guest post, please contact me at Share the I-House love! ♥
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