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2016 I-House Annual Celebration & Awards Gala to Honor Dr. Marian Diamond and I-House Alumni Faculty of UC Berkeley

Contact: Joy Iwasa
Director of Development and Communications
International House, Berkeley
2299 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94720
Tel: (510) 642-4128

BERKELEY, CA – I-House alumni and friends will gather March 31st
under the iconic dome of International House Berkeley for its 28th Annual Celebration and Awards Gala. The evening is the largest annual fundraising event for the non-profit which for 86 years has promoted intercultural respect and understanding in the local community and to its residential community of nearly 600 students from around the world and across the U.S.
UC Berkeley's Chancellor and I-House Board Chair, Nicholas Dirks, along with members of the I-House Board of Directors will host the evening which also features a performance by I-House residents.

I-House Executive Director Hans Giesecke notes, "This year’s Gala promises to be a very special affair. We are pleased to announce the International House Alumni Faculty Award. We are also, for the first time in I-House history, shining a light on all I-House alumni who are current UCB faculty members. I-House boasts a rich history of alumni fostering a world of greater peace and understanding. We felt it was time that we celebrated those who make that difference closest to home, right here on the Cal campus – in classrooms, laboratories, and lecture halls every day."

About the Honorees 

Dr. Marian Diamond, Professor Emerita of Integrative Biology
University of California Berkeley

World-renowned for her groundbreaking discoveries, including the impact of an enriched environment on brain development, Dr. Diamond started her love affair with the brain as the first female student at UC Berkeley’s Department of Anatomy in 1948. During her time as a Ph.D. candidate, Dr. Diamond discovered her passion for teaching. Fifty-five years and more than 60,000 students later, Dr. Diamond’s lectures remain some of the most revelatory ever presented at UC Berkeley. She would begin every year the same – by pulling a real, pickled brain out of her trademark hat box. Now a YouTube sensation, her lectures have been viewed almost one million times by eager learners around the world.

Her passion and enthusiasm for teaching is matched only by her contagious respect and excitement for the human brain. A pioneer in her field, Dr. Diamond was one of a handful of scientists granted permission to study Albert Einstein’s brain, and has made numerous contributions to the field of neuroanatomy relating to brain development, learning, memory, aging,
and disease.

International House is proud to recognize Dr. Diamond as the first-ever recipient of the International House Alumni Faculty Award for the tremendous impact she has had on the field of neuroanatomy, and the countless ways she continues to inspire the entire UC Berkeley community.

International House Alumni Faculty Members
at University of California Berkeley

For 86 years, International House at UC Berkeley has served as a launching pad for those who have become the difference-makers on UC Berkeley’s campus. Thousands of students have been the beneficiaries of learning from the over 100 alumni professors who have been I-House residents. We proudly shine a light on all I-House alumni who serve as UC Berkeley faculty for fostering a world of greater peace and understanding through their passion for education.

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Proceeds from the annual Celebration and Awards Gala benefit The Fund for I-House, a critical resource that provides life-changing scholarships, barrier-breaking programming, and crucial maintenance to our historic home. Your support of this year’s Gala will help ensure current and future residents are able to live, learn, and grow under the dome, furthering the I-House mission of fostering intercultural respect, understanding, lifelong friendships, and leadership skills to promote a more tolerant and peaceful world.

International House Gala
Thursday, March 31st, 2016
6:00 PM Music & Mingling 
7:00 PM Dinner & Program
Chevron Auditorium International House Berkeley
2299 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94720

$275 per person
$150 per person for Young Diplomats (35 years of years of age and under)  

This year's event is sure to sell out quickly. RSVP by Monday, March 28. Register online or contact us at 510.642.4128 or ihalumni@berkeley.edu

For questions about sponsoring our 2016 Gala Fundraiser Event, contact Joy Iwasa at (510) 643-6916 or jiwasa@berkeley.edu.

Dr. Marian Diamond
Dr. Marian Diamond (IH 1949-52)

International House at UC Berkeley
2299 Piedmont Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94720-2320 USA
Development & Alumni Relations
(510) 642-4128 | ihalumni@berkeley.edu