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Founded and built in 1924 by John D. Rockefeller Jr. and the Cleveland H. Dodge family, International House affords a unique experience in cross-cultural cooperation and understanding by nurturing leadership, moral courage, and empathy. Each year, more than 700 carefully selected graduate students and interns, from 100 countries, share a residential community and participate in leadership training and diverse intellectural and cultural programs. They study or train at more than 70 academic and professional institutions in New York in fields as varied as financial engineering, musical performance, historic preservation and public health. I-Hous residents learn essential skills to become future leaders in business, government, the arts and other professions. Information is available in the lobby at 500 Riverside Drive on weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm

Welcome to Calvin Sims

Calvin Sims, a Ford Foundation executive and former New York Times correspondent, has been appointed President and CEO of International House. A cross-sector leader with more than 20 years of experience in journalism, philanthropy and international affairs, Sims has served as Program Officer for the Ford Foundation since 2007, focusing on the development of a free and responsible press worldwide. His work helped foster new and innovative models of reporting, disseminating and financing news, with a concentration on social justice issues, diversity of voices, standards and ethics, and press freedoms. Prior to joining the Ford Foundation, Sims spent 20 years at The New York Times, where he was a director, producer and foreign correspondent and played a central role in the newspaper's expansion into television, documentaries and the Web. He anchored the Times's nightly television news program, hosted a weekly podcast on foreign affairs and produced an acclaimed documentary for PBS on the rise of radical [...]

Welcome to Calvin Sims2015-04-16T20:10:33-04:00

I-House Hosts “Generation Jobless” Conference on Global Youth Unemployment

On October 24, 2014, International House is embarking on a new initiative to tackle Global Youth unemployment, an issue which affects nearly one quarter of the world’s population ages 15-24, 290 million young adults. Kicking off with a conference entitled “Generation Jobless, ” it will explore innovative and global solutions to un/underemployment, a condition that cuts across every demographic – rich and poor, educated and uneducated, in developed and developing countries. We will examine the issues of job creation, job transformation and job annihilation through policy-makers and thought leaders in labor, business, education, government and most of all through the stories of the greatest stakeholders of all, you. Sessions will explore barriers that prevent employment, the business perspective on finding talent, mayors’ attempts to solve the problem, and new paradigms that are being tried all over the world. Fareed Zakaria of CNN will open the conference, and speakers include the mayors of Detroit, Philadelphia and Amsterdam; [...]

I-House Hosts “Generation Jobless” Conference on Global Youth Unemployment2015-04-16T20:08:59-04:00

New Resident Members Join the Community for Spring Semester

Admission to International House continues to be in high demand with a competitve admissions process. The Admissions Office received nearly 200 applications for the 75 spaces that became available for the spring semester. The Admissions Committee reviewed applications each week and weighed the personal statements most heavily. Each applicant is asked to write a one page statement describing their interest in joining the I-House community and how they hope to contribute to the vibrant life in the community. This is an excerpt from the statement of a new resident from Brazil: “Meeting people from different cultures is one of my passions. Even though I believe we are all the same no matter which country we are from I think it is so interesting to see how each different culture shapes people. When we open ourselves to different experiences and getting to know other cultures and points of view we learn and develop ourselves to a level [...]

New Resident Members Join the Community for Spring Semester2015-04-16T20:07:02-04:00

International House Residents Participate at an RTI Ideathon to Tackle Youth Unemployment

On March 2 and 3, 2015, International House afforded us a unique opportunity to attend an “Ideathon” in Washington, D.C. Similar to a hackathon, but with the intent of sharing and improving on ideas, this Ideathon was held by the newly-formed Global Center on Youth Employment (GYCE) of Research Triangle International (RTI). It was a great way to focus on the global problem of youth unemployment, and a spiritual continuation of the Generation Jobless conference held in the fall at International House. I work at an education technology company that focuses on teaching students vital technology, design, and business skills that they will need in this rapidly evolving job market. And Jaskaran is a student of public administration and a technology entrepreneur, who co-founded an international analytics advisory firm in India. So this event really interested us with its goal: to come up with scalable, long-term methods of helping young adults find employment. Jaskaran Lamba at [...]

International House Residents Participate at an RTI Ideathon to Tackle Youth Unemployment2015-04-21T18:56:07-04:00

I-House Resident Anietie Ewang in PBS NewsHour Feature on the Video as Evidence Program

I-House resident Anietie Ewang, staff attorney at Social and Economic Rights Action Center (SERAC), was featured on the PBS NewsHour segment "Teaching Citizens How to Shoot Better Video when they Witness Brutality." Fellow I-House residents Sima Aljallad, Clarence Chou, Jingwei Zhao, and Lap Nguyen also participated in the Video as Evidence program of WITNESS, the international organization that supports using video in the fight for human rights.

I-House Resident Anietie Ewang in PBS NewsHour Feature on the Video as Evidence Program2015-04-21T18:57:17-04:00

Three New Trustees Elected to International House Board

The Board of Trustees of International House welcomed three new Trustees to its ranks at the Board meeting on February 23rd. Mikio HazumiMikio Hazumi is Group Vice President with Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc. and Toyota Motor North America, Inc. He joined Toyota in 1986 with the Planning Group of the Overseas Planning Division, and, beginning in 1996, with the Toyota Motor Worker’s Union. In 1998 he became First Secretary, Economic Division at Japan’s Embassy in Washington, DC. He later joined the Department of International Affairs at the Japanese Trade Union Confederation, and in 2003 he was named Director, International Division, with the Confederation of Japan Automobile Workers’ Unions. In 2005, he rejoined Toyota as Manager, Overseas Planning Division. In 2005, he became Project General Manager, Lexus Division for Toyota, and in 2010, Senior Executive Coordinator of Lexus Europe. Until January he was Project General Manager of the Lexus Planning Division for Toyota in Japan. A [...]

Three New Trustees Elected to International House Board2015-04-21T18:58:37-04:00

Global Refugee Crisis Discussed by IRC Leader Miliband

The role of humanitarianism in globally tumultuous times was among the topics discussed by David Miliband, President of the International Rescue Committee, at the International House Sunday Supper on January 25th. Miliband, former British Foreign Secretary who has led the IRC since 2013, engaged in a lively conversation with Warren Hoge, longtime editor and foreign correspondent at The New York Times and currently a VP at the International Peace Institute. David MilibandHoge began the conversation by reviewing events of 2014 -- “an annus horribilis” -- that highlighted political destabilization around the world and exacerbated the international refugee crisis. Miliband noted that despite diminishing global inequality and the fact that the number of countries with democratically-elected governments is at an all-time high, the number of displaced persons worldwide stands at 52 million. Miliband’s diagnosis focused on the interaction of governments unable to meet basic needs or contain ethnic and religious difference, and an international system that is [...]

Global Refugee Crisis Discussed by IRC Leader Miliband2015-04-21T18:59:45-04:00

NOW: Generation Jobless Conference and the mission of International House New York

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RI5O457W0rc Producer: Susan Morris Cinematographer/Line producer: Lindsay Mann Fine-cut Editor: David Leitner Editor: Eli Susser Interviews: Nicole Davidson, Phil Greven, Susan Morris

NOW: Generation Jobless Conference and the mission of International House New York2015-08-19T18:42:35-04:00

The Yiddish Language Group and Other Summer Groups at I-House

During the summer months, I-House is home to a wide variety of groups ranging from Brigham Young University to the International Peace Institute. Summer resident students from the Uriel Weinreich Summer Program in Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture at the YIVO-Bard Institute for East European Jewish History and Culture led an evening of language and games in July for the I-House community. Founded in 1968, the six-week Weinreich Program serves beginning- to advanced-level Yiddish speakers and enthusiasts, and remains the oldest intensive Yiddish summer program in the world. I-House residents interested in learning about Yiddish joined summer program residents, enrolled students from outside I-House, and instructors in the dining room to speak together in Yiddish and break bread. The language table, led by Dr. Sheva Zucker, a Grammar and Advanced Literature teacher and the Executive Director of the League for Yiddish, was transformed into a game night that even beginners could enjoy. The convivial evening was [...]

The Yiddish Language Group and Other Summer Groups at I-House2015-08-19T18:36:51-04:00

I-House Appoints New Director of Programs & Resident Life

In July 2015, International House welcomed Sharon La Cruise as Director of Programs & Resident Life. We recently sat down with her to discuss her new role. What were you doing before you came to I-House? Before I joined the staff at I-House, I worked at the Ford Foundation as the Programs Manager in the JustFilms unit. JustFilms was launched in 2011 with a $50-million fund dedicated to the field of documentary filmmaking. Since its launch, JF has funded hundreds of films and digital projects largely dealing with the most important social justice issues of our time. These films have been screened around the world: 2015 Oscar winner Citizen Four, 3½ Minutes, Nas: Time Is Illmatic, The Act of Killing, The Look of Silence, Gideon’s Army, Outlawed in Pakistan, The Trials of Muhammad Ali, etc. Before joining the Ford staff, I started my tenure in 2005 as a consultant by day while I worked on my [...]

I-House Appoints New Director of Programs & Resident Life2015-08-19T18:22:04-04:00
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