Alumni

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Chancellor's Homecoming Reception

10/12/18 6 p.m.8 p.m.  

The whole Cal community comes together for Friday night’s big event! Alumni, parents, and students are invited to a relaxed reception on Memorial Glade. Roll out your Homecoming blanket on the lawn as we celebrate classes in milestone reunions and introduce incoming Berkeley family members to our favorite traditions. Refreshments included for ticketed guests — or bring your own picnic if you prefer! Hear from Chancellor Carol T. Christ at 7 p.m. and enjoy entertainment from student performance groups as they warm up for the Homecoming Rally immediately following.

On-site registration is available on a first-come, first served basis: $40 per person. Cash bar on-site. Some seating accommodations will be available for guests with mobility restrictions.

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SOLD OUT Bear Affair Tailgate BBQ

10/13/18 10:30 a.m.1:30 p.m.  

Relax before the game at a traditional tailgate barbeque with special seating areas for alumni classes, Cal parents, and student group reunions. Meet up with your friends and family to get your blue and gold spirit ready for football, or to fuel up for your next lecture or tour. Don’t be shy about going for second helpings — they are included in the price!

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70 Scenes of Halloween

10/11/18 8 p.m.  
10/12/18 8 p.m.  
10/13/18 2 p.m.  
10/13/18 8 p.m.  
10/14/18 2 p.m.  

The Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies Department opens their 2018-19 season with 70 Scenes of Halloween, a sly and unconventional comedy that transforms a dispirited marriage into a frighteningly funny romp. A young couple seems set to spend Halloween in a state of mild boredom. But  dark forces emerge, forcing them to contend with ghosts and witches banging on windows and wielding butcher knives!

General Admission: $18 online in advance, $20 at the door. Students & Seniors, Cal Staff & Faculty, (ID required): $13 online in advance, $15 at the door. Special offer: use the code HOMECOMING for $5 off a general admission ticket! Max: 2 tickets/order. Tickets are available online.

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Art for the Asking: 60 Years of the Graphic Arts Loan Collection

10/12/18 8 a.m.9 p.m.  
10/13/18 9 a.m.5 p.m.  
10/14/18 1 p.m.9 p.m.  

Living with original prints in order to foster a better appreciation of art was the goal of the Graphic Arts Loan Collection when it was created in 1958. This exhibit will look at the unique program’s 60-year history and showcase prints from the collection’s past and present.

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Could The Handmaid’s Tale Happen Here? Has It Already?

10/12/18 8 a.m.5 p.m.  
10/13/18 9 a.m.5 p.m.  
10/14/18 1 p.m.5 p.m.  

“On the Same Page,” the campus’s common reading program, has selected Margaret Atwood’s classic novel of speculative fiction, The Handmaid’s Tale, as this year’s reading. Moffitt Library hosts a companion exhibit showcasing the historical antecedents of the novel’s dystopian world through quotes and images from the collections.

Simply show your Homecoming badge at the entrance for access.

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Doe and Moffitt Libraries and Gardner Stacks Open House

10/12/18 8 a.m.5 p.m.  
10/13/18 9 a.m.5 p.m.  
10/14/18 1 p.m.5 p.m.  

Explore these libraries that have served the campus for more than 100 years. Be awed by grand spaces like the North and Heyns reading rooms and delve into the exhibits of the Bernice Layne Brown Gallery. Plus get special access to the 52 miles of shelves in the Gardner Stacks.

Simply show your Homecoming badge at the entrance for access.

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Fiat Yuks: Cal Student Humor, Then and Now

10/12/18 8 a.m.9 p.m.  
10/13/18 9 a.m.5 p.m.  
10/14/18 1 p.m.9 p.m.  

Let there be laughter! This exhibition features selections from UC Berkeley campus humor magazines, the yearbook, and other student publications.

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University and Jepson Herbaria Open House and Tours

10/12/18 8 a.m.12 p.m.  
10/12/18 1 p.m.5 p.m.  

With more than 2.2 million specimens representing all plant groups from around the world, the herbaria hold the largest collection of their kind at a U.S. public university. Visit on your own time to see these delicately preserved specimens, from marine algae to California flowers, or join a guided tour at 1 or 3 p.m.

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Cal Café

10/12/18 9 a.m.5 p.m.  
10/13/18 8 a.m.3 p.m.  

The Cal Alumni Association invites you to join us and celebrate Homecoming with complimentary refreshments and light snacks. Stop by on Friday or before the big game Saturday to receive special edition Cal souvenirs and learn more about CAA’s extensive programming and services for alumni and students.

Visit alumni.berkeley.edu for more information.

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Environmental Design Library Open House

10/12/18 9 a.m.5 p.m.  
10/13/18 1 p.m.5 p.m.  
10/14/18 1 p.m.10 p.m.  

The Environmental Design Library has the largest collection west of the Mississippi for architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning. During Reunion and Parents Weekend, the library will have a custom exhibit of Chinese Architect He Jingtang’s work on display for public viewing.

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Bearing Light: Berkeley at 150

10/12/18 10 a.m.4 p.m.  

This exhibition celebrates the University of California’s sesquicentennial anniversary with photographs, correspondence, publications, and other documentation drawn from the university archives and the Bancroft Library collections. It features an array of golden bears — including Oski — and explores the illustrious history of UC Berkeley.

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Campanile Open House

10/12/18 10 a.m.3:45 p.m.  
10/13/18 10 a.m.4:45 p.m.  
10/14/18 10 a.m.1:30 p.m.  
10/14/18 3 p.m.4:45 p.m.  

Get a spectacular, sprawling view of the Bay Area from the observation platform of Sather Tower, also known as the Campanile. One of UC Berkeley’s most beloved and well-known symbols, the Campanile is the third tallest bell and clock tower in the world, visible for miles at a height of 307 feet. Enjoy daily carillon concerts at 7:50 a.m., 12 p.m., and 6 p.m.

Visitor Services has waived admission for Homecoming guests — simply show your badge at the entrance.

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Campus Walking Tour

10/12/18 10 a.m.11:30 a.m.  
10/12/18 1 p.m.2:30 p.m.  
10/13/18 10 a.m.11:30 a.m.  
10/13/18 11 a.m.12:30 p.m.  
10/13/18 1 p.m.2:30 p.m.  

Learn about campus architecture, history, and university life during a 90-minute walking tour led by a knowledgeable campus ambassador.

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Lawrence Hall of Science Open House

10/12/18 10 a.m.5 p.m.  
10/13/18 10 a.m.5 p.m.  
10/14/18 10 a.m.5 p.m.  

The Lawrence Hall of Science is UC Berkeley’s public science center. Ever-changing interactive STEM exhibits encourage visitors of all ages to explore, investigate, discover, and invent. Visitors can plot the stars in the planetarium, experience science on the big screen in the National Geographic 3D Theater, design and test their own inventions in Design Quest, and meet a variety of animals in the Animal Discovery Room. 

The Lawrence Hall of Science has waived admission for students and Homecoming guests this weekend — simply show your Cal student ID or Homecoming badge at the entrance for admission for up to six people. We strongly recommend visiting on Friday or Sunday since access on Saturday can be severely limited due to football road closures.

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The Politics of Public Pensions

10/12/18 10 a.m.11 a.m.  

By one estimate, public employee pensions across the U.S. are underfunded by $1.1 trillion. Others say the underfunding levels are much larger. What, exactly, are the problems associated with public employee pensions? How and why did those problems come about? And what are the likely consequences for state and local governments, for government employees, and for the citizens of the United States? This talk will focus on the politics behind the nation’s pension problems: how and why public pension benefits have been expanded over the years, the political considerations of those who are charged with fully funding those benefits, and the political factors that shape how local governments across the country respond to their rising pension costs. 

Speaker(s): 
Sarah Anzia
Michelle J. Schwartz Associate Professor, Goldman School of Public Policy

Sarah Anzia studies American politics with a focus on state and local government, interest groups, political parties, and public policy. Her book Timing and Turnout: How Off-Cycle Elections Favor Organized Groups examines how the timing of elections can be manipulated to affect both voter turnout and the composition of the electorate, which, in turn, affects election outcomes and public policy. She also studies the role of government employees and public-sector unions in elections and policymaking in the U.S. She has also written about the politics of public pensions, women in politics, the historical development of electoral institutions, and the power of political party leaders in state legislatures. She has a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University and an M.P.P. from the Harris School at the University of Chicago.

Sponsored by: 
Prytanean Women’s Honor Society
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