Friday

Check back often as events will be added to the website frequently — right up until Homecoming weekend!

A Conversation with the Chancellor

10/16/20 10 a.m.11 a.m.  

The whole Cal community comes together to kick off Homecoming! Alums, parents, and students are invited to join us live to hear a campus update and conversation about social justice.

Speaker(s): 
Carol Christ
Chancellor


Carol Christ began her term as Berkeley’s 11th chancellor in 2017. A celebrated scholar of Victorian literature, she is also well known as an advocate for high-caliber, accessible public higher education, a proponent of the value of a broad education in the liberal arts and sciences, and a champion of women’s issues and diversity on college campuses. Christ spent more than three decades as a professor and administrator at UC Berkeley before serving as president of Smith College from 2002 to 2013. Since her return to Cal, she has worked to foster community and improve the campus climate for people of all backgrounds, celebrate the institution’s long-standing commitment to free speech, strengthen Berkeley’s financial position, address a housing shortage, and develop a ten-year strategic plan for the campus.

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Class of 1995 25th Reunion Celebration

10/16/20 6 p.m.  

Join classmates for a virtual social hour featuring an address by Chancellor Carol Christ. More details to come as the event draws near. A Zoom link will be sent to all registrants. An in-person celebration in 2021 is also planned.

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Class of 2010 10th Reunion Celebration

10/16/20 6 p.m.7 p.m.  

Join classmates for a virtual social hour featuring a short address by Chancellor Carol Christ. Please submit questions for the Chancellor here by October 9. More details to come as the event draws near.

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Class of 1970 50th Reunion Celebration

10/16/20 6:30 p.m.  

Join classmates for a virtual presentation featuring an address by Chancellor Carol Christ. A Zoom link will be sent to all registrants. An in-person celebration in 2021 is also planned.

Sponsored by: 
Class of 1970
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Homecoming Rally

10/16/20 7 p.m.8 p.m.  

Get a taste of the classic tradition and spirit that Golden Bears love with the talent and diversity of today’s student body: featuring performances from Cal Mariachi, Drawn to Scale, Cal Wushu, Bearettes, and more! The rally is a great event for all parents, alums, students, and friends.

Sponsored by: 
UC Rally Committee
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A Celebration of Jacobs Institute’s Fifth Anniversary

10/16/20  

As the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation celebrates its fifth anniversary, learn how the interdisciplinary hub has transformed hands-on education and inspired students from across the campus.

Sponsored by: 
Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation
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A Virtual Look at the Human Rights Center

10/16/20  
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Learn about the work, students, and staff of the Human Rights Center (HRC), the West Coast’s first human rights institution based at a university. Explore its vibrant Investigations Lab, run by students from two dozen majors and minors who collectively speak some 30 languages. The lab employs open source investigation techniques to discover and verify human rights violations and potential war crimes. You’ll also find out more about HRC’s research programs, including Tech and Human Rights, Health and Human Rights, and Summer Fellowship Programs. HRC has conducted major human rights investigations in more than a dozen countries.

Sponsored by: 
Human Rights Center
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BAMPFA Virtual Homecoming Open House

10/16/20  
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Virtually tour BAMPFA’s exhibition galleries, including the stunning, abstract quilts by African-American quiltmaker Rosie Lee Tompkins; intriguing postcolonial Indian folk art; Edie Fake’s visionary Art Wall mural: Affordable Housing for Trans Elders; and a new tour of the Himalayan Buddhist art installation: Divine Women, Divine Wisdom. 

Sponsored by: 
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
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Blockeley University Tour

10/16/20  
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Take a video tour of campus in Blockeley University! Blockeley is a virtual replica of the UC Berkeley campus in the popular Minecraft video game, built by more than 100 Berkeley students. This past May, hundreds of graduating students attended a virtual, mock commencement ceremony at Blockeley. You’ll experience avatars walking through campus and see Doe Library, Sather Gate, and other iconic places in a whole new way. Let there be light. And let there be blocks!

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CAA’s Berkelium 5K

Join us for our inaugural Berkelium 5K Run/Walk. Although we will be participating on our own, together we can show our Cal spirit in this new event that supports the Cal Alumni Association’s programs for alums. This event is free. But with a $30 gift, you will receive a Cal swag bag and be entered to win prizes from our sponsors (including Sennheiser headphones, gift cards to Berkeley restaurants, and much more). Enter our two photo contests for “Most Cal-Spirited Run” and “Most Scenic Run” to win a BMW from Weatherford BMW for the weekend or a one-night stay at the Claremont Hotel. Please register in advance through the Cal Alumni Association starting September 1.

Sponsored by: 
Cal Alumni Association
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Cal Falcons

10/16/20  
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Spend some time with Cal’s peregrine falcons, Annie and Grinnell. Three webcams monitor their nesting area and balcony atop the Campanile around the clock. Check out the highlights from the 2020 breeding season and Q&A sessions with the scientists studying these very famous falcons. More information will be added shortly.

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Cal Spirit Appreciation

10/16/20  

Kick off Homecoming festivities early by letting us know the answer to one question: “What does the spirit of California mean to you?” Send a video submission that is no longer than one minute for a chance to be featured in a video montage posted following Homecoming Week! The online form for submissions will be open from Wednesday, October 14 at midnight through Friday, October 16 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time.

Sponsored by: 
UC Rally Committee
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Feed the Bears

10/16/2010/18/20
Time To Be Determined
 

Philanthropy has had a tremendous impact on the UC Berkeley campus, changing the physical silhouette with new buildings, making the student experience possible through scholarships and much more. Experience UC Berkeley’s past, present, and future with a campus ambassador as your friendly, knowledgeable guide. You’ll learn about the university’s philanthropic history, highlighting the programs and buildings made possible by private giving.

Sponsored by: 
Visitor Services
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Homecoming Social Media Contests

10/16/20  
10/17/20  
10/18/20  

Show your Cal pride, and participate in our social media contests this year during Reunion and Parents Weekend at Homecoming. Contests will be announced as we move closer to the dates. Each social media post gives you a chance to win. One winner will be selected per contest each day and will receive a special prize. Be creative! 

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Now More Than Ever with Cal Performances

10/16/20  
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Cal Performances will offer a series of eclectic and inspiring virtual performances. They serve as a reminder of the unsurpassed ability of the performing arts to express the power and potential of the human spirit.

Sponsored by: 
Cal Performances
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Self-Guided Campus Tour

10/16/20  
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Take a self-guided tour using the Homecoming app through Guidebook. “Walk” the campus at your own pace and listen to campus leaders and students share information about Cal. You can do this any time throughout the weekend! 

Sponsored by: 
Visitor Services
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The Lawrence at Home

10/16/20  
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Though its doors are temporarily closed, the Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley’s public science center, continues to offer high-quality science and math learning experiences for all. Visit the Lawrence at Home for fun engaging videos and hands-on activities you can experience without leaving your home! A link to the virtual visit will be added soon.

Sponsored by: 
Lawrence Hall of Science
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The Van Houten History Tour

10/16/20  
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Take a fun, virtual tour with revered campus historian Peter S. Van Houten ’56, M.A. ’62, Ed.D. ’73. Van Houten has developed an encyclopedic knowledge of memorable people, buildings, events, and traditions based on his 60-plus years on campus as a student and then as an administrator. Gain a special perspective and “meet” some important historical figures from Cal’s fascinating past.

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UC Berkeley Spotify Playlists

10/16/20  
10/17/20  
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Take a listen down memory lane with Spotify playlists curated by notable alums and the milestone reunion committees of the reunion years 1970, 1995, and 2010.

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University and Jepson Herbaria Open House and Tour

10/16/20  
10/17/20  

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. The tour will reveal more about these delicately preserved specimens — from marine algae to California flowers — and many other plants of California.

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Visit with Campus Ambassadors — Mandarin Language

10/16/2010/18/20
Time To Be Determined
 

Learn all about the Berkeley campus with our Mandarin-speaking student campus ambassadors over the course of an hour on Zoom. Two ambassadors will present for 40 minutes and then answer your questions. They’ll cover history, traditions, academics, housing, safety, student life, athletics, and so much more.

Sponsored by: 
Visitor Services
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Visit with Campus Ambassadors — Spanish Language

10/16/2010/18/20
Time To Be Determined
 

Learn all about the Berkeley campus with our Spanish-speaking student campus ambassadors over the course of an hour on Zoom. Two ambassadors will present for 40 minutes and then answer your questions. They’ll cover history, traditions, academics, housing, safety, student life, athletics, and so much more.

Sponsored by: 
Visitor Services
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Virtual Homecoming Headquarters

10/16/20 9 a.m.7 p.m.  
10/17/20 8 a.m.4 p.m.  
10/18/20 9 a.m.4 p.m.  

Have questions? Need tech support? This is the place! Pop in and plan each day with the help of Cal staff and students.

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Visit with Campus Ambassadors

10/16/20 11 a.m.12 p.m.  
10/16/20 5 p.m.6 p.m.  
10/17/20 11 a.m.12 p.m.  
10/17/20 5 p.m.6 p.m.  
10/18/20 11 a.m.12 p.m.  
10/18/20 5 p.m.6 p.m.  

Learn all about the Berkeley campus with our student campus ambassadors over the course of an hour on Zoom. Two ambassadors take you through history, traditions, academics, housing, safety, student life, athletics, and so much more. They’ll also answer questions. 

Sponsored by: 
Visitor Services
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Fire in Western U.S. Forests: Friend or Foe?

10/16/20 11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.  

Wildfires are becoming increasingly common, especially in California where they have devastated many communities and ecosystems across the state. Professor Scott Stephens outlines the science behind their increasing frequency and discusses strategies that can enhance the resilience of California’s forests.

Speaker(s): 
Scott Stephens
Professor of Fire Science, Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management

Professor Stephens is a leading expert on fire science and director of the UCB Center for Fire Research and Outreach. Stephens’ research expertise and interests include fire management, forest ecosystems, and fire ecology. He is interested in the interactions of wildland fire and ecosystems, which includes how prehistoric fires once interacted with ecosystems, how current wildland fires are affecting ecosystems, and how future fires, changing climates, and management may change this interaction. Stephens also is interested in forest and fire policy and how it can be improved to meet the challenges of the next decades, both in the United States and internationally.

Sponsored by: 
Rausser College of Natural Resources
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Prytanean Homecoming Lecture

10/16/20 11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.  

Professor Andrea Roth will discuss the ways in which COVID-19 has affected criminal trials: the challenges, opportunities, and lessons for the future. Each year, the Prytanean Society awards $25,000 to a nontenured woman faculty member who has been selected on the basis of distinguished teaching, scholarly achievement, and success as a role model for students. The award recipients are among the very best of Berkeley professors in a variety of fields. Founded in 1900 at UC Berkeley, the Prytanean Society is the oldest women’s honor society in the United States. 

Speaker(s): 
Andrea Roth
Professor, Berkeley Law


Professor Roth is the 2017 Prytanean Faculty Enrichment Award recipient, a 2019 recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award, and an expert on the topic of law and evidence.

Sponsored by: 
Prytanean Society
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UC Research Should Be Free to All: COVID-19 Shows Us Why

10/16/20 11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.  

The University of California has long believed that its research should be free for all to access. A world without barriers to knowledge promotes progress — including in the critically important fields of healthcare and medicine — and maximizes the impact of research. Since the pandemic struck, research on the novel coronavirus has been shared freely worldwide. In this panel discussion, Britt Glaunsinger, professor and researcher who specializes in viruses, Jeff MacKie-Mason, university librarian and professor, and Randy Schekman, Nobel Laureate and professor, explain why we should never go back to our old ways of scientific publishing.

Speaker(s): 
Britt Glaunsinger
Professor, Plant and Microbial Biology and Molecular and Cellular Biology


Glaunsinger is a UC Berkeley professor in the Department of Plant & Microbial Biology and the Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology and is also a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator.

Jeff MacKie-Mason
University Librarian; Chief Digital Scholarship Officer; and Professor, Economics and Information


MacKie-Mason is UC Berkeley’s university librarian, chief digital scholarship officer, and a professor of economics and information. He is co-chair of the UC-wide task force that negotiates with academic publishers.

Randy Schekman
Professor, Cell and Developmental Biology and Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute


Schekman is a UC Berkeley professor of cell and developmental biology, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, and recipient of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

Sponsored by: 
UC Berkeley Library
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Zooming In: Pushing Buttons, Old and New

10/16/20 12 p.m.1 p.m.  

Curators Francesco Spagnolo and Shir Kochavi present observations and connections emerging from the holdings of UC Berkeley’s Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, one of the largest Jewish museum collections in the world. Throughout the series, guests will join them to explore Jewish art and culture, one object at a time. This program will feature discussions on prayers shawls, Karaite Jews, and subversive rituals with artist Nicki Green. Please register in advance through the Magnes to experience these captivating insights.

Sponsored by: 
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
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Berkeley Connect: How Mentoring Builds Sense of Belonging

10/16/20 1 p.m.2 p.m.  

How can students strengthen their sense of belonging and community at a great big university like UC Berkeley? The Berkeley Connect program has pioneered a new approach to academic mentoring that is both effective and efficient. The benefits and impacts of the innovative Berkeley Connect model will be discussed by Professor Bree Rosenblum, Berkeley Connect faculty director; Associate Director Michele Rabkin; a graduate student who is serving as a Berkeley Connect mentor; and an undergraduate student participant. An update on how the program is adapting to remote delivery will be included.

Sponsored by: 
Berkeley Connect
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CRISPR and the Genome Engineering Revolution

10/16/20 1 p.m.2 p.m.  

What started off as curiosity-driven research at UC Berkeley has quickly led to a revolution in genome engineering. Scientists around the world are now using CRISPR technology to treat genetic diseases, engineer food systems, and study the world around us. Kevin Doxzen, science communications specialist at the Innovative Genomics Institute (IGI), will break down the basics and recent advancements in CRISPR technology and highlight work under way at IGI. Ethics, access, and societal impact will also be discussed. Additionally, you’ll hear about IGI’s rapid COVID-19 response and learn how scientists plan to use CRISPR as viral detection and treatment tools.

Speaker(s): 
Kevin Doxzen
Science Communications Specialist, Innovative Genomics Institute


Doxzen received his Ph.D. in biophysics from the lab of Jennifer Doudna at UC Berkeley before joining the IGI, a joint research partnership between UC Berkeley and UCSF, focused on developing genome-editing technologies for treating genetic diseases and engineering sustainable agriculture. Doxzen explores the science and societal impacts of genome editing, undertaking a range of projects across education, outreach, and communications. He gives public talks, writes op-ed articles, and collaborates with various community groups to engage, equip, and empower different stakeholders with accurate information.

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Social Safety Net Crisis: Lessons from a Pandemic

10/16/20 1 p.m.2 p.m.  

Join Assistant Professor Tina Sacks as she discusses the country’s social safety net that is made up of various programs to assist low-income Americans and the importance of these programs in light of the current pandemic. A Q&A session will follow this presentation.
 

Speaker(s): 
Tina K. Sacks
Assistant Professor, School of Social Welfare


Sacks is assistant professor at Berkeley Social Welfare. Her fields of interest include racial inequities in health; social determinants of health; and poverty and inequality. Her current projects include gender dynamics and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program enrollment among immigrant families in California.

Sponsored by: 
School of Social Welfare
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Cal in the Community: Discover Public Service at Cal

10/16/20 2 p.m.3 p.m.  

Hear from students mentoring youth in local schools, leading students on alternative break trips to explore social justice issues, and interning in government agencies. The Public Service Center (PSC) partners with students, community members, and faculty for programs and courses that support a more just and equitable world. Through the center, students, faculty, and communities work together to promote transformative social change and grow our next generation of civic leaders. Every year, the PSC supports nearly 200 student leaders in programs that support more than 5,000 students in partnership with 250 community-based organizations.

Sponsored by: 
Public Service Center
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Asian Americans and Racial Justice Today

10/16/20 2:30 p.m.3:30 p.m.  

Engage in a discussion on how Asian Americans have been perceived in an increasingly multiracial United States. A panel of distinguished Cal alums will talk about how, as Asian Americans, they have responded creatively to the challenging issues of our times in health, immigration, and politics.

Speaker(s): 
Annie Fukushima Ph.D. ’12
Assistant Professor, Ethnic Studies, University of Utah
Thu Quach Ph.D. ’09
Chief Deputy of Administration, Asian Health Services
Susan Lee J.D. ’95
Deputy Mayor of Public Safety, City of Chicago
Sponsored by: 
Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies Program
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Practical Solutions for Inclusive Local Economies

10/16/20 2:30 p.m.3:30 p.m.  

Learn about practical solutions to promote inclusive economies at the local level from the Othering & Belonging Institute’s California Community Partnerships group and the Berkeley Student Cooperative Alumni Association. The California Community Partnerships group works with community-based organizations to ensure that members of marginalized communities have the resources and tools to be meaningfully involved in transforming the structures that shape community opportunity and belonging. Promoting cooperation and the Rochdale Principles, a set of ideals for the operation of co-ops drafted back in 1844, the Berkeley Student Cooperative Alumni Association builds community and promotes connection among co-op students and alums.

Sponsored by: 
Berkeley Student Cooperative Alumni Association and the Othering & Belonging Institute
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The Climate-COVID-Race Collision

10/16/20 2:30 p.m.3:30 p.m.  

From pandemics and racism to fires and gas prices, climate and energy have become mainstream topics. Professor Dan Kammen will look at the science and politics behind today’s global crises. Please register in advance through the Cal Alumni Association to receive the Zoom link.

Speaker(s): 
Daniel M. Kammen
Professor of Energy


Kammen is a professor of energy with appointments in the Energy and Resources Group, the Goldman School of Public Policy, and the Department of Nuclear Engineering. He is also the director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory. He served as the World Bank Group’s chief technical specialist for renewable energy and energy efficiency and is a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

Sponsored by: 
Cal Alumni Association
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The Role of Neural Activity in Wiring Up the Brain

10/16/20 2:30 p.m.3:30 p.m.  

Find out about recent research that addresses how two sources of neural activity interact and influence the visual system in this intriguing lecture from Professor Marla B. Feller. Immature neural circuits spontaneously generate correlated activity patterns that are critical for normal development in the nervous systems of vertebrates. Learn about this phenomenon in the mouse retina, where propagating waves have been shown to play a critical role in properly wiring the retina to the brain. In addition to spontaneous retinal waves, light stimulation also plays a role in early retinal function.

Speaker(s): 
Marla B. Feller, Ph.D.
Paul Licht Distinguished Professor in Biological Sciences

Feller is a professor of neurobiology in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and a member of the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at UC Berkeley. The overarching question at the Feller Lab is the role that spontaneous activity of the developing nervous system plays in establishing and shaping mature circuits. Feller earned her Ph.D. in physics from Berkeley and subsequently entered the field of neuroscience. She is a recipient of the 2020 Distinguished Teaching Award, the 2018 Faculty Mentor Award, and is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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A Visit and Q&A with the Jacobs Institute

10/16/20 3 p.m.4 p.m.  

As the Jacobs Institute celebrates its fifth anniversary, learn how the institute has transformed hands-on education and inspired students from all across campus. Amy Dinh, student services and programs manager, and Joey Gottbrath, technical lab director, will lead the visit and Q&A session. Recent Jacobs graduate Sona Dolasia and Jacobs alum Roland Saekow will speak about their experiences at Jacobs Hall. Both Sona and Roland are part of the first Master of Design (Berkeley MDes) cohort launching in spring 2021. A link to join the Zoom meeting will be provided closer to the event. Speakers will take questions live, but attendees are welcome to submit them beforehand to jacobsinstitute@berkeley.edu.

Sponsored by: 
Jacobs Institute
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Einstein Triumphs: The Magnificent Detection of Gravitational Waves

10/16/20 4 p.m.5 p.m.  

Discover how gravitational waves are helping to unlock mysteries of the universe in this can’t-miss lecture from Professor Alex Filippenko. Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity predicts the existence of ripples in the fabric of space-time. In the past five years, such gravitational waves have been detected from dozens of pairs of merging black holes, an incredible technical feat requiring the most precise measurements ever made. And in August 2017, astrophysicists detected a merging pair of neutron stars with both gravitational waves and light. This cosmic collision produced a gamma-ray burst, gold and other precious metals, and probably a black hole.

Speaker(s): 
Alex Filippenko
Professor, Astronomy


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 documentaries and is addicted to observing total solar eclipses throughout the globe (17 so far).

Sponsored by: 
Class of 1995
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Homecoming Connect

10/16/20 4 p.m.6 p.m.  

Hear the stories of fellow Cal alums, current students, and recent alums from the Class of 2020 in this multi-industry networking event! Homecoming Connect will feature alums sharing their career tips and post-grad life advice. The panel will be followed up by breakout networking rooms where alums can connect and discuss various topics. This is a great opportunity for students to connect and alums to reconnect with the Cal community!

Sponsored by: 
Cal Student Philanthropy, Next Generation Philanthropy, The Cal Career Center
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The Intersection of Industrial and Indigenous Forest Management

10/16/20 4:30 p.m.6 p.m.  

This 2020 S.J. Hall Lecture in Industrial Forestry will examine the intersection of industrial and indigenous forest management in California and across the United States. Peter Wakeland will moderate, and Tim Hayden and Dr. Mike Dockery will discuss the aspects of successful and profitable forest management on tribal lands. The program will highlight the unique elements of tribal forest management, explore challenges faced by tribes managing forestland, and identify industrial forest management practices unique to tribal forestry that may have applications beyond tribal forest lands.

Speaker(s): 
Tim Hayden
Executive Deputy Director, Natural Resources Division, Yurok Tribe
Dr. Mike Dockery
Assistant Professor, Department of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota; Member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation
Peter Wakeland (Moderator)
Chief, Forestry and Wildland Fire Management Division, Bureau of Indian Affairs
Sponsored by: 
Rausser College of Natural Resources
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Visions of UC Berkeley in Watercolor

10/16/20 4:30 p.m.5:30 p.m.  

The Berkeley Art Studio is hosting a virtual workshop inspired by the UC Berkeley campus landscape. This event will be led by Danny Neece, Berkeley Art Studio instructor and watercolor painter. The cost is $60 per person (alums only). Proceeds will go to ASUC Student Union programming that supports student activity and engagement. Registrants must be able to attend by Zoom via computer or phone and will receive an art box with watercolor palette, brushes, and watercolor art pad (to be mailed). Please register in advance through the Berkeley Art Studio by October 2 to ensure the art box is delivered on time. If you have any questions about this event, please email artstudio@berkeley.edu.

Sponsored by: 
ASUC Student Union
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Wine Tasting with Stu Smith ’70

10/16/20 5 p.m.6 p.m.  

Taste chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, and riesling while having a conversation via Zoom with Cal alum and vintner Stu Smith, who has been on the Napa Valley wine scene for almost 50 years. Smith-Madrone is a small producer of estate-grown grapes and artisanal wines and has an international reputation for beautifully crafted wines. Its riesling is recognized as one of the top-20 dry rieslings in the world. Register to either watch the presentation at no cost or order a discounted tasting package directly from Smith-Madrone.

Speaker(s): 
Stu Smith ’70
Founder, General Partner, Smith-Madrone Vineyards & Winery


Smith played football and rugby at Cal and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics. While at Cal, Smith realized he liked wine more than beer and became an intercampus exchange student, taking the introductory winegrowing class at UC Davis. That led him to graduate school there, studying viticulture and enology, and he became the department’s first teacher’s assistant. In 1971, Smith founded Smith-Madrone with his brother, clearing the land, planting the vineyard, and building the winery located at the top of Spring Mountain just west of St. Helena in the Napa Valley. In the early years of establishing the winery, Smith taught enology and viticulture at Santa Rosa Junior College and Napa Valley Community College. He was chair of the 1986 Napa Valley Wine Auction and co-chaired the 2005 auction. Today, Smith is respected for his expertise and leadership as a mountain winegrower.

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