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Tonight! African American Heritage Dinner and Gospel Music Spectacular

Gospel Music Spectacular
Thursday, Feb. 23, Dinner: 6-8 pm, Concert: 8 pm
Celebrate Black History month with an all-you-can-eat buffet banquet featuring traditional foods from various African and African-American culinary traditions.
Menu: BBQ Chicken, Red Beans & Rice, Blackened Tilapia, Okra Stew, Vegetable Jambalaya, Jalapenio Cornbread, Candied Yams, Collard Greens, Sweet Potato Pie and Break Pudding

The I-House 17th Annual International Gospel Music Spectacular begins at 8:00 pm in the Auditorium. This inspiring event features choirs and soloists from East Bay African American churches.Register for your FREE (IH Resident) ticket at: http://ihousegospelextravaganza.eventbrite.com/

The Cuisine of Provence: Ritual Dinner with IH Resident Michael Brun

Michel Brun
Monday, February 27, 6:30 pm
As with every section of France, the culinary profile of Provence is influenced by its climate, geography, and proximity to neighboring cultural influences.  The warm weather, coastal location, and impact of other Mediterranean culinary forces produce a cuisine at odds with the stereotypical conception of French food. Experience the delectable cuisine of Provence hosted by I-House Resident Michael Brun. Space is limited for this event. To reserve your spot go to: http://ihouseritualdinnerprovence.eventbrite.com/

Africombo Concert

Thursday, March 1, 7:30 pm CANCELED
Rescheduled to April 21, SpringFest.

Africombo brings together veterans of various local reggae, Haitian, soukous, and Afrobeat bands, mixing rhythms and styles from the African diaspora with an emphasis on the Caribbean. Lyrically, they sing of revolution, love, and freedom. http://ihouseafricomboconcert.eventbrite.com

Yoshi Akiba: Bridging Cultures in Business, Art & Life

Yoshi Akiba
Wednesday, March 7, 7:30 pm
Join us for a Multi-Media Experience with Yoshi Akiba: Bridging Cultures in Business, Art, and Life as part of I-House’s International Women's Day Celebration. Beyond running her award-winning jazz clubs in Oakland and San Francisco (Yoshi’s), Mrs. Akiba, Bay Area artist, entrepreneur and I-House Alumna and Board Member, is a UC Berkeley graduate and teacher who has successfully integrated traditional Japanese Buddhist art forms with Western culture. Yoshi will be interviewed by Diane Dwyer, NBC News Anchor and fellow I-House Board member.
Musical guests: Bay Area based jazz singer/ radio broadcaster Melanie O'Reilly and pianist Frank Martin will perform 3 songs, including one song to interweave with Yoshi 's dance performance.
Register for your FREE (IH Resident) ticket at: http://ihousespeakerseriesspring2012residentticket.eventbrite.com

I-House Film Series: San Yuan Li

Tuesday, March 13, 7 pm  China's rapid modernization literally traps the village of San Yuan Li within the surrounding skyscrapers of Guangzhou, a city of 12 million people. The villagers move to a different rhythm, thriving on subsistence farming and traditional crafts. They resourcefully reinvent their traditional lifestyle by tending rice paddies on empty city lots and raising chickens on makeshift rooftop coops.
Register for your FREE tickets at: http://ihousefilmseriesresidenttickets.eventbrite.com

Spring Benefit Concert: Wed., Mar. 14, 7pm

To benefit children who were orphaned and victims of HIV in Tanzania to help with their education. Sign up at: http://ihousespringconcert2012.eventbrite.com/
Audition is on March 5 Monday 6-8 pm in the Auditorium
Rehearsal is on March 12 Monday 6-8 pm in the Auditorium


RA positions at I-House

Our RA application for Summer 2012 and Academic Year 2012-2013 will be available on the Resident Portal. The deadline to apply will be 12 noon Friday, March 9.  Although the RA application is not available just yet, you can begin your RA application process by getting one letter of recommendation as well 3 references ready and attach them to the RA application when you complete it.  The letter and the references have to come from a previous or current supervisor or from a professor, and not from a friend or a family member.  

Do you have any questions about the RA application?  Join RSS Manager, Maribel Guillermo at an Informational Meeting on Monday, February 27, 5-6pm in the I-House, Gamble Lounge.

Financial Aid for Room & Board

Room and board assistance for international students, U.S. citizens and permanent residents is being made available for the academic year 2012-2013 and Fall Semester 2012. Those eligible are graduate or upper-division students who will have already completed one academic year at UC Berkeley and who demonstrate financial need. Applications are available on the Resident Portal. The application deadline is Thursday, March 1, 2012.

Border Crossing Essay Contest!

Deadline for Entries is April 2 The Border Crossing Essay Award is given to three residents who best capture the essence of their I-House experience in a composition. Write about dramatic cross-cultural encounters you have experienced and their impact.

The submission deadline for essays is April 2, 2012. The winners are announced, at a special ceremony held during Sunday Supper in April. The first place winner will receive $250, second place, $150 and third place, $100.
See the 2011 Essay Contest Winners.

Community Visits

Livermore Rotary Visit,  Nuclear Lab & Winery: March 3-4  $15
Redding Rotary, Spring Break Ski Trip, Boat Trip: March 24-29  $30
Richmond Rotary. April 13 $10
View flyer (pdf)

Spring Fest: April 21, 2012

The Edith Coliver Festival of Cultures "SpringFest" is an exuberant celebration of life and culture from around the globe. Sign-up for Resident Booth to represent your country! http://ihousespringfest2012.eventbrite.com
SpringFest Info sessions will be held right before Coffee Hours.
Check flyers for info session locations and learn more about SpringFest at:

See video of Spring Fest!

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