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.
Watch or listen to the interview series below:
WATCH PART 1 VIDEO
-Breaking Stereotypes and Resident Transformations: I-House at its Best
-Reflecting on how a Fax Machine Brought the First News of Tiananmen Square to I-House
-Welcoming/Honoring Famous Alumni and Other Recognized World-Renowned Figures
WATCH PART 2 NOW
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WATCH PART 4 NOW
Comments from interview viewers:
This interview was recorded in August of 2020 by I-House Social Media Ambassador Chan’Cellore Makanjuola (IH 2019-2020). Read her accompanying blog post Joe Lurie: I-House Berkeley Through His Eyes.
In a recent statement, Joe provided additional thoughts:
Having seen and experienced the transformative power of the I-House mission over so many years, I was deeply saddened to learn of its closing in 2020. I remember in particular the words of one alumna at the time: “Prudent but Heartbreaking.”
Now, as we look forward to the reopening of I-House in the Fall of 2021, its mission of building bridges across different backgrounds and perspectives could not be more urgent during this period of cultural, political and ethnic polarization across the globe. For those of us deeply touched by the intercultural magic of living, dining and learning together under the dome, let us light the way forward for a new generation of residents with our stories and with, yes, our important financial support.
–Joe Lurie, I-House Executive Director Emeritus
Behind the scenes of the virtual interview:
I had the honor of working with Joe Lurie during his last few years as executive director and have maintained a connection with him over the years. Joe is an active member of the I-House Berkeley Connect Global Community. To read Joe’s insightful posts and connect with fellow I-House friends, alumni are encouraged to participate at ihberkeleyconnect.org.
If you would like to share a message for Joe, please leave a comment below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The interview is part of a series of “spotlights” where alumni and former executive directors are featured for an oral history discussion about their time at I-House. While I-House is temporarily closed for the 2020-2021 academic year, the oral history discussions are a way to help keep the alumni community connected virtually. If you would like to provide an interview or volunteer to help, please contact Laurie Ferris at email@example.com.