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International House Celebration & Awards Gala


Sir Desmond Rea (IH 1966 - 67)
Global Ambassador of Peace and Inspiration

Dr. Arlene Blum (IH 1967 - 68)
Alumna of the Year

Shankar Sastry (IH 1977 - 78)
Distinguished Alumni Professor of the Year

Join us for an evening of celebrating I-House, making connections, and reuniting with old friends. Proceeds from the Gala benefit the Fund for I-House and our mission to advance a world of greater understanding and peace.

Thursday, April 27, 2017
6 pm Music & Mingling
Dinner & Program Follow

We've extended the RSVP deadline to Monday, April 24, so it's not too late to reserve your seat. Click here to register online or make a donation.

Thank you to those who have already registered. Please let us know your entrée selection from the menu below.

Dinner Menu

Executive Chef Jordan Lichman presents a seasonal
California menu with international accents


Seasonal vegetable salad with apples, hazelnuts, and grain mustard vinaigrette


 Local Petrale Sole with Dungeness crab, citrus mojo butter, avocado, almonds. cilantro, asparagus

 American Lamb Chops, cippolini onion, fava beans, asparagus, sage oil, and red chile foam

 Thai Curry Gratin, crispy Shallots, asparagus & herb salad


Strawberry “Tiramisu” with Muscat Canelli

Please let us know your entrée selections during your ticket purchase or call Angela at (510) 642-0124.

Celebration and Awards Gala

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

Chevron Auditorium International House Berkeley
2299 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley, CA
Valet Parking Provided

Eventbrite - 2017 I-House Awards Celebration & Gala Honoring Dr. Arlene Blum and Sir Desmond Rea

For more information, please call (510) 642-0124 or email arauch@berkeley.edu

Formal cocktail & international attire encouraged  
Catering provided by International House


Resident hosts on front steps

I-House resident hosts welcome guests at the red carpet Gala entrance. More than half are I-House scholarship or fellowship recipients who have chosen to give back to I-House by serving as ambassadors for this festive evening. You can find more Gala 2016 photos on the International House Facebook page. We look forward to welcoming alumni and friends to this year's Gala on April 27th!


Our 2017 Gala Honorees: 

Sir Desmond Rea (IH 1966 - 67)
Global Ambassador of Peace and Inspiration

Dr. Arlene Blum (IH 1967 - 68)
Alumna of the Year

Shankar Sastry (IH 1977 - 78)
Distinguished Alumni Professor of the Year


Sir Desmond Rea


Sir Desmond Rea (IH 1966-67) was selected in 2001 as the first Chairman of the Northern Ireland (NI) Policing Board for two terms. Knighted by the Queen in 2005, he is credited with upholding human rights in the context of policing civil unrest and terrorism while dealing with the legacy of inter-communal violence.


Arlene Blum


Dr. Arlene Blum (IH 1967-68) is a visiting scholar in Chemistry at UC Berkeley and executive director of the Green Science Policy Institute. Her work with the Institute has contributed to reducing the use of harmful chemicals in consumer products globally. Blum led the first American and all women’s ascent of Annapurna I and the first women’s team to climb Denali. Visit www.arleneblum.com for more information.



In 1981, Shankar Sastry (IH 1977-78) earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from Berkeley. Since joining the faculty in 1983, he has become well known as one of Berkeley’s most distinguished professors, and especially for his energy, determination, and commitment to student development in both the classroom and the lab. Sastry emphasizes that “I-House was instrumental in making me feel like Berkeley was my home.”

Sastry has held the directorships of the Information Technology Office at DARPA and the Electronics Research Laboratory at Berkeley. He served as chair of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department at Cal from 2001 to 2014 and as director for the Center for Informational Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) from 2006 to 2008. He currently serves as the dean of the UC Berkeley College of Engineering and faculty director of the Richard C. Blum Center for Developing Economies.



Toast our Gala Honorees in style—purchase a champagne glass with unlimited refills during the gala and receive a commemorative I-House pin for only $50 a glass or $75 for two. Some glasses include a special prize and only 60 glasses will be sold.

I-House Champagne glasses

Prizes include a two night stay at the scenic Brockway Springs Resort on the shore of North Lake Tahoe—a $2,000 value (donated by I-House Board member Milan Kaur) and many other fabulous items.  For those who are unable to attend in person you can still be part of the fun and purchase a chance to win. Please contact Angela Rauch at 510-642-0124 or arauch@berkeley.edu for details.