International House at UC Berkeley
Fall 2010 I-House Times - 80th Anniversary Edition

The Newsletter for Friends & Alumni of I-House Berkeley
Fall-Winter 2010-2011 | Email Digest Version | Full PDF version

Special 80th Anniversary Edition
Includes a
Timeline celebrating some of the remarkable moments of I-House history!

Candlelight Ceremony at Sunday Supper

I-House Celebrates 80th Year of Advancing Cross-Cultural Respect, Friendship, Peace
On August 18, 1930, the doors of International House Berkeley swung open to hundreds of male and female UC Berkeley students representing dozens of different countries. Despite hundreds of protesters who had objected to racial integration at I-House, these young people established the first generation of I-House residents charged with fostering cross-cultural respect, friendships and leadership skills for a world of greater understanding and peace. Full story.

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Martin Brennan, Executive Director International House at 80: Many Happy Returns!
At lunch recently I sat with a group of new I-House residents from several countries. I asked them about their initial impressions of living at I-House and quickly received an "awesome," a "wonderful," and a remark that struck me as particularly insightful and worth clarifying, "living here is liberating." While I imagine "awesome" was not a word in common parlance 80 years ago, "liberating" is a response that could have been heard at any time during International House's rich and progressive history... Full story, page 2
Yoshi Akiba shows students the art of Ikebana I-House Innovates with Navigating Cultures Course at Cal
I-House Executive Director Martin Brennan, Executive Director Emeritus Joe Lurie, Program Director Liliane Koziol, and alumna Angelika Blendstrup are teaching a four-unit Navigating Cultures class for UC Berkeley this fall. Full story.
Pictured at left, I-House Board member and alumna Yoshi Akiba invited students in the Navigating Cultures class to her home where she introduced students to Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging, a tea ceremony, and meditation.
Marian Diamond at the 80th Anniversary Tea Professor Diamond Speaks at 80th Anniversary Tea
Alumni, residents, and friends of I-House gathered for Sunday afternoon tea to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of I-House – complete with birthday cake. Executive Director Martin Brennan recalled the pioneering accomplishments of the House, which was the first coeducational residence facility west of the Mississippi where students of all ethnicities lived under one roof. Full story
New Chefs add flavor to I-House Dining Fresh Top Chefs Add New Flavor to I-House Dining
After an Iron Chef style "cook-off" that challenged finalists to prepare a salad and entrée using a market basket of selected foods, two professional chefs were brought on board the Dining Services staff. Gary Beitch, Director of Dining Services, says, "We want to take food at I-House to the next level by improving the food quality and appearance while increasing the efficiency of our kitchen operations. In their first month, our new chefs are already making some great changes. It is a real challenge to serve students who are accustomed to home cooking from such diverse cultures." Full story, page 3

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