Author Archives: Laurie Ferris

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 lferris@berkeley.edu. Share the I-House love! ♥

Alumni Spotlight: Manuel Schulze and Torben Fischer

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 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 … Continue reading

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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. Dear I-House Alumni and Friends, I am pleased to announce that on February 1, 2021, the Board of Directors of International House at … Continue reading

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All best wishes for 2021!

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

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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. 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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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The I-House Connection: September 2020

Dear I-House Community – Just over a month ago I wrote to you to share a number of exciting ways to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of I-House’s founding, and to launch our new Global Community Initiative engagement and mentoring platform: ihouse.berkeley.edu/connect. … Continue reading

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The I-House Connection: Ways to Celebrate our 90th Anniversary

Dear I-House Community – As we now celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the founding of International House at UC Berkeley, our mission still rings true: to foster intercultural respect and understanding, lifelong friendships, and leadership skills for a more just … Continue reading

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I-House Berkeley Alum Patrick Thelen on “doin’ good”

Every year, I-House receives a generous grant through Davis Projects for Peace that is awarded to a resident for designing a grassroots project that addresses the root causes of conflict. Patrick Thelen (IH 2016-17) won the 2017 Davis Projects for … Continue reading

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