We’d Like to Put Your I-House Experience in Print!

In celebration of the 70th Anniversary of International House, we are gathering stories and experiences that tell us what it was like for you living at International House. We are particularly interested in knowing about interactions and events that made a difference in your life and changed the way you view people from other nations of the world.

To be able to live in a diverse, multi-cultural environment such as I-House is considered by many a rare and valued opportunity. For thousands of I-House alumni, the years they spent living here were among the most enriching years of their lives. Deep and lasting friendships were made, singles became couples and married, and people became aware and developed an understanding of others who were different from them.

What was it like for you? Did anything surprise or intrigue you? Was there cross-cultural conversations or interactions that you remember?

One alumna shared this cross-cultural experience about teaching a Palestinian dance to seven I-House residents for a Sunday Supper performance…

I was pleased and almost grateful that seven relative strangers had deemed my culture interesting enough to occupy such a large piece of their time. I realized that cultural manifestations lose nothing of their authenticity when they are shared with others, and that my suspicion towards non-Arabs was at best unnecessary and at worst unfair.

Cross-Cultural Interactions— 70 Years of the International House Experience will be published early 2001. We invite your participation and response by December 31, 2000.

E-mail or mail to Development Office, 2299 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley, California 94720-2320. Please include your name, and years at I-House.