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The living experience at I-House reflects its diversity of country, culture, and thought, as well as the professional development of its Residents.

Our Programs connect our Residents to a lifelong network and prepare them to become the next generation of globally-minded leaders.

  • Night of Nations, April 2024

  • Night of Nations, April 2023

  • Ice Cream Social, January 2024

  • Ballroom Dancing, May 2023

  • Language Exchange, November 2023

  • Ice Cream Social, January 2024

  • Night of Nations, April 2023

  • Fall Fiesta, October 2023

  • Spring Orientation, January 2024

  • Night of Nations, April 2023

  • Alumni Gathering, November 2023

  • Night of Nations, April 2023

Events at I-House

International House programs and events are designed to bring together the thought leaders of today and tomorrow. Residents gain insights from national and international policymakers and diplomats; engage in meaningful discussions with leaders and innovators in business and tech; explore social issues with filmmakers and journalists; and delve into the creative process with acclaimed musicians, actors, and artists.

  • Actor and Activist George Takei speaking with our former President, Calvin Sims

    Visiting Speakers

    Distinguished speakers representing a wide variety of leadership styles and fields including business, government, arts, science and journalism.
    Pictured: Actor and Activist George Takei speaking with former I-House President, Calvin Sims.
  • Page Turners

    Notable authors addressing issues of culture, identity, international relations and a broad range of other topics discuss their recent works with Residents.
    Pictured: Author Gillian Zoe Segal shares her experiences from her book, Getting There.
  • Film Series

    Acclaimed documentaries on a wide variety of topics are shown, and attendees get a chance to hear from and interact with some of the people involved with the film.  Recent films shown include Our Time MachineToni Morrison: The Pieces I Am; When Elephants Fight; Salt of the Earth;  and The Trials of Spring.
    Pictured: A conversation on The Apollo: The Soul of American Culture with Lisa Cortes (Producer), Leslie Uggams (Actress) and Moderator June Cross (Filmmaker).
  • Sunday Suppers

    The longest standing tradition at International House, Sunday Suppers are where the the I-House movement began. Our community members dress up and come together to share family-style meals as they hear from captivating visiting speakers and enjoy musical performances by talented Residents.
    Pictured: Residents at a recent Sunday Supper.
  • Resident Round Table Discussions

    Organized and led by Residents, for Residents, these forums epitomize the spirit of open dialogue at International House. Recent discussions have included the Syrian refugee crisis; the Black Lives Matter movement and the US criminal justice system; diversity in the tech industry; and other timely topics.
    Pictured: Residents lead a Latin American Round Table Discussion.
  • Cultural Hours

    Residents produce monthly celebrations of traditional and contemporary life, the arts and the cuisine of various countries and regions.
    Pictured: Residents celebrate Punjabi Cultural Hours.
  • Fall Fiesta

    A community-wide festival of words, music and dance from around the world.
    Pictured: Residents perform an African dance at International House’s 2016 Fall Fiesta.
  • Language Exchange Program

    Residents can learn or practice a new language with native speakers, or teach their  language to other Residents, all at no cost, at their own pace, and in the comfort of the House they call home.
    Pictured: Residents participating in a Language Exchange in 2015.
  • Salon Nights

    Residents studying music at Manhattan School of Music, The Juilliard School and the Mannes School of Music collaborate and share the spotlight with talented amateurs in the House in exciting performances of classical, jazz, world, R&B, pop, and spoken word.
    Pictured: A resident sings in Davis Hall during a Salon Night
  • Night of Nations

    The biggest party of the year, this annual spring fling is filled with Resident music and dance performances, cuisine from around the world, cultural exhibits, and more.
    Pictured: The flags around Davis Hall, where the All Nations Grand Salon Night is celebrated. 

    Distinguished Speakers

    For generations, I-House Residents have had the opportunity to hear from and engage with global leaders and influencers including:

    • Nelson Mandela, President of South Africa
    • Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States
    • Janet Yellen, Ben Bernanke, Alan Greenspan and Paul A. Volcker, Federal Reserve Chairs
    • Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, Nobel Peace Prize winner
    • Isaac Stern, Violinist
    • Jelani Cobb, Professor and contributor to The New Yorker magazine
    • George Takei, Actor and activist
    • Dean Obeidallah, Comedian and radio host
    • Kike Arnal, Photographer, videographer and climber
    • Sheila Nevins, Author, former President of HBO Documentary Films
    • Sandra Day O’Connor

    • Nelson Mandela

    • Leontyne Price

    • George Takei

    • Betty Friedan

    • Desmond Tutu