Dear Alumni and Friends,
We are pleased to share that International House was recently featured in a podcast produced by The Bancroft Library about communal living. The episode features an audio recording of the first executive director of International House Berkeley, Allen C. Blaisdell. Below is an excerpt:
“One solution to this discrimination was the expansion of the International House model that began in New York. The idea was to create a multicultural residence that would house international students and scholars, fostering intercultural connections. But when International House opened in 1930 on Piedmont Avenue in Berkeley, it faced pushback from the local community.“
Allen C. Blaisdell was the first director of I-House. He recalls:
“…realtors and others who owned apartment houses took the attitude that International House was to relieve them of the problem of racial housing. And I said, ‘On the contrary, International House was established to set the pattern for everyone to follow.’”
Happy 89th Birthday International House Berkeley!
We are also excited about our 89th birthday on August 18th! Please help us celebrate by sharing a story for our Stories website. Submit your story here, or share a post on Facebook or Instagram telling us about why you love International House. Include the hashtag #ihouseberkeley. Videos welcome!
August 18th marks the beginning of our milestone 90th year, and we will be announcing more events over the next few months.
Questions? Email us at email@example.com or call (510) 642-4128.
Apply for the Bay Area Host Family Program
Every year, friends of International House are invited to host an incoming resident for welcoming activities as part of our Host Family Program. With the goal of easing the students’ transition to the Bay Area and to help them understand the local way of life, host families offer cultural revelations, new perspectives, day trips, shared meals, and more—that can lead to long-term international friendships.
Join us for Global Homecoming
Sunday, October 20, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
We will be highlighting a variety of different activities planned for Global Homecoming in the upcoming editions of our I-House Connection, leading up to October 20th. We are pleased to announce that Executive Director Emeritus Joe Lurie will be leading an Architectural Heritage Tour again this year at 9:30 a.m. He will be highlighting the remarkable relevance of the building’s location, construction and architectural features to the institution’s ongoing mission and impact.
Other events include an interactive presentation by the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL); the Global Table Talk Lunch; and the Around the World Under the Dome Fashion Show & Tasting Festival. See the schedule and more details at ihouse.berkeley.edu/globalhomecoming
Ticket prices include admission to all events. Save $5 by pre-registering. Register online now.
Calling All Alumni!
It is our goal to celebrate the lives and achievements of our alumni and the contributions they have made and continue to make around the world. Please help us to keep you informed of upcoming regional events, update our records to help you reconnect with old friends, locate lost alumni, and share recent news with you. If you have moved, changed email or mailing addresses, or want to give us an exciting update about developments in your own life, please let us know by filling out this brief contact update form.
By sharing this with your friends, you are helping to extend our reach and to keep the International House Berkeley connection alive! As always, we welcome your news at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always, we welcome your news at email@example.com.
We look forward to welcoming you back to I-House. If you’re in the area, please let us know!
Best regards from Berkeley,
I-House Development, Alumni Relations & Communications Team
(510) 642-4128 | firstname.lastname@example.org