Alumni

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Black Holes: Beyond Reasonable Doubt

10/18/19 5 p.m.6 p.m.  

Black holes, long thought to be only the products of theoretical physicists’ fertile imaginations, have now been shown to exist beyond a reasonable doubt. The best recent evidence comes from the detection of merging pairs of black holes, rapidly orbiting stars in the centers of galaxies, and the stunning image (revealed in April 2019) of the shadow of a black hole in the center of galaxy M87. Come learn about black holes and the amazing observations that reveal them.

Speaker(s): 
Alex Filippenko
Professor, Astronomy

Alex Filippenko is one of the world’s most highly cited astronomers and the only person to have served on both teams that simultaneously discovered the Nobel-worthy accelerating expansion of the universe. Voted UC Berkeley’s “Best Professor” a record nine times, he appears frequently on TV documentaries and is addicted to observing total solar eclipses throughout the globe (16 so far).

Sponsored by: 
Class of 1994
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Chancellor’s Homecoming Reception

10/18/19 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 class and affinity reunions and introduce incoming Berkeley family members to our favorite traditions.

Tickets include snacks — or bring your own picnic if you prefer! Hear from Chancellor Carol Christ at 7 p.m. and enjoy entertainment from student performance groups as they warm up for the Homecoming Rally immediately following. Advance registration: $25 per person for adults, Cal students, and children (age 5–17). On-site registration is available on a first-come, first served basis: $40 for adults, Cal students, and children (age 5–17). Cash bar on-site. Ticket prices include the Class Pass. Some seating will be available for guests needing mobility accommodation.

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Bear Affair Tailgate BBQ

10/19/19 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! 

Advance registration: $40 for adults; $30 for Cal students and children (age 5–17). On-site registration is available on a first-come, first served basis: $55 for adults; $45 for Cal students and children (age 5–17). 

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Young Alumni at the Bear Affair BBQ

10/19/19 10:30 a.m.1:30 p.m.  

Looking for a tailgate? Register for the Bear Affair Tailgate BBQ and pre-game with other young alumni on the Campanile Esplanade. Don’t be shy about going for second helpings — they are included in the price! Already have tailgate plans? Make sure the Bear Affair is one of your pregame stops.

Advance registration: $40 for adults; $30 for Cal students and children (age 5–17). Click the “Register” button above and select “Young Alumni” when asked which group you want to sit with at the BBQ. On-site registration is available on a first-come, first served basis: $55 for adults; $45 for Cal students and children (age 5–17). 

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Mandarin-Language Campus Walking Tour

10/18/19 2 p.m.3:30 p.m.  
10/19/19 9:30 a.m.11 a.m.  

Learn about campus architecture, history, and university life during a 90-minute walking tour with a knowledgeable, Mandarin-speaking campus ambassador.

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Spanish-Language Campus Walking Tour

10/18/19 2 p.m.3:30 p.m.  
10/19/19 9:30 a.m.11 a.m.  

Learn about campus architecture, history, and university life during a 90-minute walking tour with a knowledgeable, Spanish-speaking student ambassador.

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Essig Museum of Entomology Open House

10/18/19 12 p.m.5 p.m.  
10/13/18 10 a.m.4 p.m.  

See insects and spiders from around the world, and talk with scientists about how they study insects to understand ecology, evolution, behavior, and global change. Learn about natural history museums and how they are providing data to better understand nature’s response to droughts, fires, and a changing environment.

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Doe and Moffitt Libraries and Gardner Stacks Open House

10/18/19 8 a.m.5 p.m.  
10/19/19 9 a.m.5 p.m.  
10/20/19 1 p.m.5 p.m.  

Explore these libraries which 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 and Moffitt exhibit cases. Plus, get special access to the 52 miles of shelves in the Main (Gardner) Stacks, which link Doe and Moffitt libraries.

Simply show your Homecoming badge at the entrance for access.

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Power and People: The U.S. Census and Who Counts

10/18/19 8 a.m.9 p.m.  
10/19/19 9 a.m.5 p.m.  
10/20/19 1 p.m.9 p.m.  

Census 2020, like every decennial census since 1790, will have a tremendous impact on the political, social, and economic aspects of our lives. It is the largest information-gathering effort in the U.S. and provides the most detailed demographic information available for all geographic areas. This exhibit showcases both the historic and current censuses, and examines some of the controversies and challenges in determining who counts.

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There There: You Are on Indian Land

10/18/19 8 a.m.5 p.m.  
10/19/19 9 a.m.5 p.m.  
10/20/19 1 p.m.5 p.m.  

On the Same Page, the campus’s common reading program, has selected There There, the critically acclaimed and award-winning first novel by Oakland’s Tommy Orange, as this year’s reading. Moffitt Library is hosting a companion exhibit showcasing library materials from the Native American studies collection within the Ethnic Studies Library, the Bancroft Library, and Main (Gardner) Stacks that document the vibrant Native American community of the San Francisco Bay Area in which the novel is set.

Simply show your badge at the Moffitt Library entrance to view. 

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University and Jepson Herbaria Open House and Tours

10/18/19 8 a.m.12 p.m.  
10/18/19 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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Bears Lounge

10/18/19 9 a.m.5 p.m.  
10/19/19 8 a.m.4 p.m.  

Relax, enjoy refreshments, and plan your day with the help of Cal staff and students.

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Cal Café

10/18/19 9 a.m.5 p.m.  
10/19/19 8 a.m.  

The Cal Alumni Association invites you to celebrate Homecoming with complimentary refreshments and light snacks. Stop by on Friday or before the football game kickoff on 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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