THE WAY IT WAS . . . 1937
he first time you come to International House, it may be because of the maid
service, the steam heat, the hot and cold showers, and the fact that you can eat
outdoors on summer days. But, after a while, something happens to you; it's a
feeling that sneaks up on you before you realize it. It's partly students of all
nations sitting down together to have supper by candlelight; and coming into the
Great Hall on a cold Sunday evening to find logs blazing in the fireplace and
half the House sitting on the floor singing. There's a really friendly atmosphere at
International House. And don't imagine that the only discussions of international
affairs go on at the Forum; there are some pretty good discussions in the laundry!
And there are so many experiences you couldn't have anywhere but at I-House.
As an effort toward mutual respect and understanding between the people of all
nations, I-House is pretty near to being the realization of an
--from an unknown alumna, 1937
Three Sunday Suppers were held each month with entertainment and speakers
on topics including The New Russian Constitution, Character: An Essential
Requirement of Social Progress, and My impressions of the Situation in Europe.
The Mid-Week Discussion Group organized weekly discussions, led by
residents, which included a program entitled Negro Youth Faces a Perplexing
America. The speaker was resident, Carlton Goodlett, who went on to become a
highly respected civil rights leader. Dr. Goodlett died in January. Heinz Eulau, who
is still a frequent visitor to I-House, spoke on The Fascist Government in Italy.
The Japanese Group sponsored a Chinese-Japanese evening to promote
Language tables met weekly under the leadership of language leaders.
Half Hours of Music were popular musical performances, held weekly.
The Drama Group performed four plays and the I-House Chorus performed at
teas and Sunday Suppers.
Dances included the Barn Dance, Russian Dance, Hard Times Dance and
Spring Formal, folk dancing was every Friday night.
The Graduate Council, Men's Council, and Women's Council were the three
elements of student organization.
Excursions included a bicycle trip in Golden Gate park and a weekend in