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International House 2017 Gala

Honoring

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

Tickets now available

Thursday, April 27, 2017

6 pm Music & Mingling   Dinner & Program Follow

$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

For more information, please call 510.642.4128 or email ihalumni@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.