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! ♥

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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Big Give is a week away!

Participate with VIP gifts, challenge matches, and contests to unlock extra funds for I-House! The countdown is on and I-House is buzzing with excitement about UC Berkeley’s Big Give on March 12th! We are grateful for all of your support … Continue reading

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