annual report 2000-2001
Liliane Koziol, Director of Programs
It has been a fantastic 70th Anniversary year celebration with many exciting programs and events.
Over 3,000 people attended the Annual Spring Cultural Festival on April 21,2001. This joyous multi-cultural extravaganza featured world music, ethnic foods, dance, and handicrafts; a national costume show; and informational booths from around the world.
In an effort to foster better understanding of the diverse cultures of I-House residents, a series of Ritual Dinners was presented. Each of the four dinners -- made possible by the Hewlett International Forum Endowment -- was attended by 40 people who represented the host countries and guests from around the world. This year's dinner themes were: El Dia de los Muertos, Chanukah: The Festival of Lights, Breaking the Fast Ritual during Ramadan, and Chinese New Year. Proposals for hosting a Ritual Dinner are selected for creativity, educational purpose, and interaction between people from different cultural backgrounds. Hosts introduce guests to a variety of foods from their country and explain rituals associated with the meal.
ETHNIC HERITAGE DINNERS
Every month I-House honors different cultures, their traditions and contributions to our global community with the presentation of ethnic heritage dinners. A Chicano-Latin Banquet, North American Native Culinary Traditions from different tribes, and a variety of regional and ethnic African and African-American specialties were featured this year. Heritage dinners consist of a lavish buffet with delicacies from the cultures being honored that particular month.
The oldest continuous International House tradition, Sunday Supper is a special quarterly celebration of our multicultural community and fellowship. Over 250 residents, alumni and friends of I-House attended the four suppers to enjoy performances by talented I-House residents, and listen to our featured presenters: environmentalist, journalist and author Hal Gilliam, IH '42; Ruprecht Henatsh, Consul General of Germany and Dean of the San Francisco Consular Corps; Michael Morgan, Music Director and Conductor of the Oakland East Bay Symphony, who spoke about the life and music of W.C. Handy, The Father of Blues; and the traditional year-end ceremony and Candelight Sunday Supper and presentation of the Border Crossing Essay Awards and Kalpakan Award for volunteer service in the community.
An extraordinary group of American heroes, the Tuskegee Airmen overcame racism, humiliation, and political opposition to become one of the most distinguished American fighter pilot corps of all time. They flew a record number of combat missions, distinguishing themselves both for their stunning acts of individual heroism and their collective performance as one of the "crack" squadrons of World War II. The "Fighting 99th" of the 332nd Fighter Group are featured in the film The Tuskegee Airmen starring Laurence Fishburne and Cuba Gooding, Jr. Members of the Tuskegee Airmen Corps presented "A Panel on History, Race Relations and Beyond" in February in honor of National African-American Month.
The U.N. General Assembly declared 2001 the International Year for Dialogue Among Civilizations. In honor of this declaration, the House's Communities of the 21st Century program theme examined the many consequences of globalization. In an era of mass migration, where geography and region no longer define cultural identity, new multi-faceted communities are forming. What are these new communities? What are the global issues related to these communities? What new globalization factors, such as technology, the media, and multi-national corporations, impact the creation of these communities? How is the global phenomenon of inequality between developed and under-developed nations and communities addressed? What are the spiritual and ethical implications? Some of the thought-provoking topics included:
The New Role for the U.N. in the 21st Century
East Timor: The Road to Independence
Concept of Fair Trade
Crusade Against Poverty
Religious and Spiritual Communities and Global Solidarity
Alumni and residents interacted during the Lodestar programs of the year. The first, a showing of the independent film "Bugaboo" by I-House alumnus Sujit Saraf, '95, is a comedy about Bapu and his friends from India who are looking for success in the Silicon Valley. The second program was the very popular 70th Anniversary Walk Down Memory Lane, where alumni from the 1930s to 2000 shared their memories and special stories about living at I-House and the world around them at the time.