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UN Day Global Citizen Award

Dr. Sahni pictured with her daughter, current IH resident Shibani, & IH Board rep Joyce Hicks

The UNA East Bay Chapter and IH together held an October 28th celebration of UN Day. Awards were given to champions of UN Millenium Goals focused on education and empowerment of women and girls. IH Alumna Dr. Urvashi Sahni, who received her doctorate in Language and Literacy, has impacted tens of thousands of teachers and students in her native Uttar Pradesh, India through leadership in school creation, reform, research, and teacher training. Pictured above is Dr. Sahni with her daughter, current IH resident Shibani, and IH Board rep Joyce Hicks.

Diwali Festival of Lights

Diwali Festival of LightsResidents from India transformed the IH dining hall with candles and sand mandalas to honor Diwali, the mid-November "Festival of Lights." Traditional lamps signify the triumph of good over evil and stay lit all night as one's house is cleaned and food is shared to make the goddess Lakshmi feel welcome.

A video was screened of Barack Obama explaining the tradition of Diwali. Bollywood film clips were shown in addition to live Bhangra dance instruction.
Cultural theme dinners occur at I-House several times each semester – check the online calendar for details!

New Management of I-House Café

I-House Cafe

Under new management since Fall 2011, the I-House Café now features easier "grab and go" offerings, a focus on sustainability in its operations, and a fresh new look with a winter "facelift." I-House meal plans now include the option to eat breakfast in the café, and all Cal students can use their Cal1 Debit card to purchase meals. Menu and hours posted online at ihouse.berkeley.edu/dining.

I-House Resident Essays Explore "Border Crossings"

Border Crossing Essay ContestAn annual resident essay contest secured awards for five residents who best captured the spirit of their I-House experience.

Recipients hail from Italy, France, Japan, U.S. and Chile. In 1st place Elena Gavagnin of Italy wrote, "You don't need trains, cars or planes to travel, you just have to go down the stairs and rest in the Great Hall, and you are there, in the world… Now when I say I am Italian there is a different sense of consciousness. It could seem a paradox, but I think I really met my own country here, for the first time… Borders are inside us [and to] change the world… we should just change ourselves…"

Read this essay and others by winners Nandor Gergely, Kaho Ito, Darko Cotoras and Florance Ma at http://ihouse.berkeley.edu/programs/essays.php

Road Scholar Program At I-House

ElderhostelJoin us in June, 2012 when International House hosts its 20th year of Road Scholar programs (formerly Elderhostel). An ancient African proverb tells us that "the stranger sees only what he knows". Examine the cultural lenses we use see the world as it is, not as it seems. Cultural concepts of time, distance, communication, health, power and emotions impact our perceptions and influence daily interactions and world events. Sessions feature interactive and lively class discussions, unique films and uncommon cultural trips in and around the San Francisco Bay Area. Acclaimed multiculturalist Joe Lurie will lead the program assisted by the International House team of Ambassador Martin Brennan and Dr. Liliane Koziol and faculty from the University of California at Berkeley. For more information and to register online see roadscholar.org.

Restroom Remodel: DONE!

Cake with toilet graphic

Cake (replete with toilet graphic) and champagne marked the end of an eight-year, $12M remodel of 52 restrooms throughout I-House's 240,000 sq. ft. New pipes, fixtures and ADA improvements resulted from dedicated work by staff, the Board, Noll & Tam architects, Plant construction, and generous donor support for 1/3rd of the cost.