Karen O'Brien


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  • rsvped +1 for Dinner and Conversation with Joe Lurie 2019-04-07 10:21:14 -0400

    Dinner and Conversation with Joe Lurie

    MEMBER PRIORITY EVENT click link to join http://dccalalumni.nationbuilder.com/membership

    Dinner and Conversation with Joe Lurie, Executive Director Emeritus of Berkeley’s International House

    • 6 p.m. Wine & cheese, Brief talk by Joe Lurie with Q&A followed by dinner at 7
    • Catering by Masala Arts (Outstanding Indian cuisine, about $30 per person, BYOB)
    • Metro: Waterfront on green line, just 2 block walk
    • Onsite $7 guest parking available


    Don’t miss the opportunity to join Joe Lurie, Executive Director Emeritus of the University of California Berkeley's International House, for dinner and conversation.  Joe served as the International House director for two decades and subsequently has been an active teacher and intercultural trainer at UC Berkeley and consultant on cross-cultural communications. Clients in the U.S. and around the world include: Google, Google.org; Chevron; American Express; The Peace Corps; The Institute of International Education; Upwardly Global; Street Smart Brazil;  The World Affairs Council of Northern California; The University of Colorado; Cal Discoveries Travel; and Tsinghua University in Beijing, among others. A former Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya, Joe directed programs in France, Kenya, and Ghana for the School for International Training, and served as Vice-President for AFS Intercultural Programs in the U.S. and National Study Abroad Chair for NAFSA: Association of International Educators. His writings have appeared in Harper’s Magazine, U.S. News & World Report and were highlighted on National Public Radio. He is author of “Close Encounters of a Cross-Cultural Kind: Seventy-Five Years at International House Berkeley” and “Perception and Deception: A Mind Opening Journey Across Cultures.”

    Perception and Deception is a spirited, insightful, and timely exploration of cross-cultural miscommunication in an increasingly globalized, hyper-connected world. It offers an astonishing, intriguing, and sometimes tragic array of intercultural encounters that have gone wrong across the globe because of the limitations of our respective cultural lenses. The stories from over 70 countries (indexed by culture) are illuminated by the author's rich collection of international proverbs and sayings that reflect on the nature of perception, perspective, and “truth.”



    May 25, 2019 at 6pm
    O'Brien/Ly Residence
    540 N St
    Washington, DC 20024-0000
    United States
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  • donated 2019-04-01 17:33:20 -0400

    Thank you for supporting the DC Cal Alumni Club & its activities!

    Your contribution goes to food, decorations, Cal swag and fun!

    Be sure to bring your Blue & Gold! 



  • donated 2018-11-29 03:15:16 -0500

    Alumni Annual Membership +1

    $5,540.00 raised
    Goal: $2,000.00

    Any graduate of UC Berkeley in the greater Washington, DC area who would like to bring another person (spouse, partner or friend) to an event under the same conditions as a member.

    Please enter your personal information. After payment, you'll have an opportunity to submit your additional member's information.

    To pay by check*, please make out your check to "DC Cal Alumni Club" and mail it to 

    Cal Alumni Club of Washington, DC
    c/o Robin Gordon, Club Treasurer
    PO Box 7509
    Arlington, VA 22207


    *Please include your membership category with your check.  When joining by mailing your check, you do not have to do anything on the website membership page.   

    Please direct any questions to our membership director Rob Tobiassen at robert.tobiassen@gmail.com



  • donated 2016-01-19 14:59:43 -0500

    Contribute to a great cause!

    $550.00 raised
    Goal: $3,000,000.00

    Our alumni club is proud to be a supporter of U.C. Berkeley's historic programs that take place here in our nation's capital year after year. And they wouldn't happen without your support!

    Help us reach our goal as we raise funds to craft better events, support students, and most importantly, give back to the #1 public university in the country.

    A little goes a long way! Stay tuned as we publicly share where and how your contributions are going!