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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.

Layshia Clarendon ’13
Advocate and Activist; Guard, New York Liberty, WNBA

Clarendon is a star basketball player for the WNBA’s New York Liberty and she’s also a social justice activist.

The WNBA announced the Social Justice Council as part of its 2020 season dedicated to its efforts. The council is led by Clarendon and others, and the goal is to educate, amplify, and mobilize for action to address a history of inequality, implicit bias, and systemic racism.

Clarendon told sports writer Dani Bar-Lavi just this past August: “Within sports right now, you’re seeing what’s still safe. Like, it’s safe to kneel, it’s safe to wear a Black Lives Matter shirt. It’s safe to wear Breonna Taylor now, even for the men. But you’re not seeing what this league does, and what the Liberty is doing specifically — we take it a step further. Like, you’re not seeing people wear a Black Trans Lives Matter shirt in sports still to this day, when that’s the community that’s being dramatically affected. Because it’s still not the safest form of activism, and that’s where I think we always lead the way.”

The WNBA veteran continues to lead off the court and on. In her first season with the New York Liberty, Clarendon recorded a career-high 11.5 points per game over 19 contests, starting all 19. She also shot a career best 87.3 percent from the free throw line.

Clarendon writes, “I started to really delve into identity politics and understand how the way that the world sees you also shapes your identity.” Read her essay, “It’s Time to Think Bigger.”

Norman Y. Mineta ’53
Former United States Secretary of Commerce and Secretary of Transportation

Mineta was born in San Jose, California to Japanese immigrant parents who were not allowed to become U.S. citizens at the time due to the Asian Exclusion Act. During World War II, the Mineta family was removed from their home and sent to the Heart Mountain internment camp near Cody, Wyoming along with thousands of other Japanese immigrants and Japanese Americans.

Mineta graduated from UC Berkeley in 1953 with a degree in business administration. Upon graduation, Mineta joined the U.S. Army and served as an intelligence officer in Japan and Korea. His career in politics began in 1967 when he was appointed to a vacant San Jose City Council seat. He would go on to become the first Japanese American mayor of a major U.S. city.  As mayor, Mineta created development-free areas in San Jose.

Mineta then had a distinguished career in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was a key author of the landmark Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991. He pressed for more funding for the Federal Aviation Administration. He was a driving force behind the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which officially apologized for and redressed the injustices endured by Japanese Americans during World War II. In 1995, he was awarded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Medal by George Washington University for his contributions to the field of civil rights.

Mineta served as secretary of commerce under Bill Clinton, making him the first Asian Pacific American to serve in the cabinet. He later served as secretary of transportation — the only Democratic cabinet secretary — in George W. Bush’s administration.

Mineta was at ICTS Europe Holdings and serves on the board of directors at Health Discovery, U.S. Investigations Services, Hill & Knowlton, and the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation.

Alexis Atsilvsgi Zaragoza ’22
UC Student Regent-Designate


Zaragoza is a passionate activist in higher education. She has served on multiple boards during the entirety of her college career, including serving as a board member on the California Community College’s Board of Governors and as a trustee to Calbright College. Zaragoza transferred from Modesto Junior College to UC Berkeley to pursue a degree in geography and political science. She currently serves as the 2020–22 Student Regent for the University of California Board of Regents. She is a McNair Scholar studying rural education for Black, Indigenous, and people of color and geographic disparity in university admissions.

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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.

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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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. 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.

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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. 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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BAMPFA Virtual Homecoming Open House

10/16/20  
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10/18/20  

Virtually tour BAMPFA’s exhibition galleries, including the stunning, abstract quilts by African-American quiltmaker Rosie Lee Tompkins; intriguing postcolonial Indian folk art; and a new tour of the Himalayan Buddhist art installation: Divine Women, Divine Wisdom. 

Virtual Tour of BAMPFA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kK869-1JAdA&feature=youtu.be

Virtual Tour — Rosie Lee Tompkins: A Retrospective: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8NL3KAA8wQ&feature=emb_title

Edo Avant Garde: https://bampfa.org/event/edo-avant-garde

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

10/16/20  
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10/18/20  

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. 

Link to watch: https://calfalcons.berkeley.edu

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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.

Link to participate: http://tinyurl.com/calspirit

Sponsored by: 
UC Rally Committee
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Now More Than Ever with Cal Performances

10/16/20  
10/17/20  
10/18/20  

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.

Watch them here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHeS7E543R0gvmkdc3R_ffIgFgrdSkfjm

Sponsored by: 
Cal Performances
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Self-Guided Campus Tour

10/16/20  
10/17/20  
10/18/20  

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!

Get the free Cal Events app at guidebook.com/g/calhomecoming2020. Once you open the app, tap the menu icon in the top left corner of the screen, and select “Self-Guided Campus Tour.”

Or, if you aren’t using the mobile app, you can enjoy one of these self-guided tours from Visitor Services: visit.berkeley.edu/campus-tours/self-guided-tours.

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!

Visit the Lawrence at Home: https://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/lawrence-at-home

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.

Tune in at http://bit.ly/CalOnSpotify.

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University and Jepson Herbaria Open House and Tour

10/16/20  
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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.

Take the tour at https://www.youtube.com/c/JepsonHerbarium/videos.

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Visit the Hearst Museum of Anthropology

10/16/20  
10/17/20  
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While the Hearst Museum of Anthropology’s gallery is closed, you can take advantage of online resources for all ages to stay curious and engaged at home. Share stories about how you are using these tools with the hashtags #MuseumFromHome and #HearstFromHome. The museum’s current exhibit, Cloth that Stretches: Weaving Community Across Time and Space, explores textiles and objects as sites of cultural resilience and resistance. Did you know that UC Berkeley has over 20 museums and research collections? From rare plant species to dinosaur bones to insects, Berkeley has extensive collections of art, artifacts, and biological and physical objects as well as a hands-on science center. Learn about exciting behind-the-scenes opportunities for students from staff at these institutions with Museums of Berkeley: Opportunities for Student Research, Employment, and Learning.

Explore the Hearst from Home at http://hearstmuseum.berkeley.edu/hearst-from-home.

Learn about Cloth that Stretches: Weaving Community Across Time and Space at http://hearstmuseum.berkeley.edu/exhibit/cloth-that-stretches.

Watch Museums of Berkeley: Opportunities for Student Research, Employment, and Learning at https://youtu.be/yc6oNgvyLIM.

Sponsored by: 
Hearst Museum of Anthropology
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Friday Social Media Contests

10/16/20 9 a.m.8 p.m.  

Show your Cal pride, and participate in our social media contests this year during Reunion and Parents Weekend at Homecoming. 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!

  • Share a photo or video of your favorite Cal tradition on Instagram, Twitter, or upload.
    • Tag #CalHC in your post.
    • A random post will be selected as the winner.
  • Submit an entry to our “Caption This” contest on the UC Berkeley Facebook page between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Pacific time. The caption with the most likes wins!
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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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Cal Parents Drop-in

10/16/20 11 a.m.12 p.m.  
10/17/20 11 a.m.12 p.m.  

Stop by and ask Cal Parents staff members questions. David Ortega, director of parent services and communications, will be available during this time.

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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 during a virtual tour 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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Berkeley SkyDeck: A Global Hub for Entrepreneurship

10/16/20 11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.  

Have you ever wanted to meet other ambitious people, attend a DeCal on entrepreneurship, intern for a game-changing startup, or find out how to launch your new idea? Berkeley SkyDeck offers a program for all of the above! Come join us to find out how to get involved at SkyDeck and make your time at Cal more enriching and exciting!

Speaker(s): 
Caroline Winnett M.B.A. ’90
Executive Director, Berkeley SkyDeck


Coming from a family of Cal Bears, Winnett has been focused on helping Berkeley startups accelerate their growth to reach their full market potential at Berkeley SkyDeck.

Sponsored by: 
Berkeley SkyDeck
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COVID-19 and Criminal Trials: Lessons for the Future

10/16/20 11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.  

In this year’s Prytanean lecture, 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 is 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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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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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.

Rachael Samberg (Moderator)
Scholarly Communication Officer, UC Berkeley Library


Samberg leads the UC Berkeley Library’s Office of Scholarly Communication Services, which helps scholars navigate the shifting publishing, intellectual property, and information policy landscapes.

Sponsored by: 
UC Berkeley Library
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A Virtual Look at the Human Rights Center

10/16/20 1 p.m.2 p.m.  

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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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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Campus Ambassador Virtual Student Panel

10/16/20 1 p.m.2 p.m.  
10/17/20 1 p.m.2 p.m.  
10/18/20 1 p.m.2 p.m.  

Spend an hour with our student campus ambassadors on Zoom – asking them all the questions you have! They will present a realistic view of what it’s really like to be a student at Berkeley. Please note that this is not an overview of the campus, but purely students answering your questions.

Sponsored by: 
Visitor Services
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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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The Mind of the Archaeologists: Mysteries and Discoveries

10/16/20 1 p.m.2 p.m.  

A 500-year-old mystery lay scattered across the highlands of Bolivia. Using virtual modeling and 3D printing, archaeologist Alexei Vranich shows the process of turning a confusing jumble of stone into the most incredible ancient temple ever built in the continent.

Speaker(s): 
Alexei Vranich ’90
Affiliated Researcher, University of Texas at San Antonio


Vranich received his B.A. from UC Berkeley and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He has extensive research experience in such places as Spain, Italy, India, Peru, Bulgaria, and Costa Rica. He has been recognized by the National Science Foundation for the innovative application of technology in the study of the past. Bridging the divide between academic and popular archaeology, Alexei has appeared on television and in magazines such as National Geographic, The Sciences, and Archaeology Magazine, in addition to a variety of national and international newspapers.

Sponsored by: 
Order of the Golden Bear
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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 positioned in an increasingly multiracial United States. A panel of distinguished Cal alums will talk about how, as Asian Americans, they have responded to the challenging issues of our times in health, immigration, and politics.

Speaker(s): 
Thu Quach Ph.D. ’09
Chief Deputy of Administration, Asian Health Services


Thu Quach serves as chief deputy of administration at Asian Health Services, a federally qualified health center in Oakland serving 50,000 patients in English and 14 Asian languages. Her research, service, and advocacy in public health and health care for over two decades have been grounded in her own lived experience as a refugee from Vietnam and the struggles her family faced in the healthcare system. As an epidemiologist, Quach is leading the organization in addressing racial disparities amid COVID-19, including starting up a culturally and linguistically competent community testing and contact tracing site targeting AAPIs. Quach’s talk is titled “Understanding the Needs and Impacts of COVID-19 in the Asian American Community.”

Annie Fukushima Ph.D. ’12
Assistant Professor, Ethnic Studies, University of Utah


Fukushima is an assistant professor in ethnic studies at the University of Utah. She is the author of Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the U.S. (Stanford University Press), which received the American Sociological Association’s Section on Asia and Asian America book award. Fukushima is the project lead and co-principal investigator for “Visualizing Gender-Based Violence,” a research project of the University of Utah’s Gender-Based Violence Consortium. Fukushima’s talk is titled “A Praxis for An Unsettled Witnessing in These Migratory Times.”

Susan Lee J.D. ’95
Deputy Mayor of Public Safety, City of Chicago


Lee serves as deputy mayor of public safety for the City of Chicago, overseeing police, fire, emergency management, police accountability, and citywide violence reduction strategy.  Before her role under Mayor Lori Lightfoot, she worked as a social justice advocate in multiple cities on such issues as immigrant rights, racial equity, community safety, violence reduction, and police reform. Lee is the co-author of the 2007 “A Call to Action,” a blueprint for violence reduction for Los Angeles. The plan has led to significant reductions in violence and improved police-community relations since its implementation 13 years ago. Lee’s talk is titled “Violence, Policing, and Racial Equity.”

Sponsored by: 
Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies Program, Asian Pacific American Systemwide Alliance, Asian Pacific American Student Development Office, Asian American and Pacific Islander Standing Committee
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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. 

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.

Sponsored by: 
Jacobs Institute
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Feed the Bears

10/16/20 3 p.m.4 p.m.  

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 during a virtual tour 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 — including both new and old buildings!

Sponsored by: 
Visitor Services
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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.  

Homecoming Connect is an inaugural networking event for students and alums from classes of 2015 through 2020. We’ll kick things off with a webinar from 4 to 5 p.m., featuring a panel of alums who’ve gone on to win Emmys, build their own brands, and more! After the webinar, attend one of three networking Zoom sessions from 5 to 6 p.m., in which you will have the chance to connect with more alums as they discuss career tips and post-grad life. See the topics and featured alums for each session.

Sponsored by: 
Cal Student Philanthropy, The Career Center, Cal Athletics, Haas School of Business, Rausser College of Natural Resources
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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, Dr. Mike Dockry, and Dawn Blake 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): 
Peter Wakeland (Moderator)
Acting Superintendent, Puget Sound Agency, Bureau of Indian Affairs; Chief, Forestry and Wildland Fire Management Division, Bureau of Indian Affairs; Member of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde


Wakeland has been the chief forester with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) since 2016, recently accepting a special assignment as acting superintendent of the Puget Sound Agency. Prior to joining the BIA, Wakeland was the Coquille Indian Tribe’s natural resources director. Wakeland is a member of the Grand Ronde Tribe and was the first-ever recipient of the tribe’s Hatfield fellowship. He is a graduate of Oregon State University’s forest management program.

Tim Hayden
Executive Deputy Director, Natural Resources Division, Yurok Tribe; Member of the El Dorado County Wopumnes Nisenan-Mewuk Tribe


Hayden has been the deputy executive director of natural resources for the Yurok Tribe since 2015, having started his career in the tribe’s Fisheries Department nearly 25 years ago. He currently oversees all Yurok natural resources departments and programs and leads tribal efforts on resource management planning, environmental compliance, and carbon project management on recently purchased Yurok lands. Hayden serves on the Cal Fire Native American Advisory Committee and was recently selected to serve on the California Air Resources Board’s Carbon Offsets Taskforce. Hayden holds a B.S. from Humboldt State University’s Fisheries Department.

Mike Dockry
Assistant Professor, Department of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota; Member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation


Dockry is a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. He works at the University of Minnesota as an assistant professor of tribal natural resource management in the Department of Forest Resources, an affiliate faculty member in the American Indian Studies Department, and as a fellow at the Institute on the Environment. His academic focus is on incorporating Indigenous knowledge into forestry and natural resource management, supporting tribal sovereignty, and addressing tribal environmental issues. Dockry earned a B.S. and Ph.D. in Forestry from the University of Wisconsin and an M.S. in Forest Resources from Penn State University.

Dawn Blake
Wildlife Biologist, Hoopa Valley Tribe; Member of the Hoopa Valley Tribe


Blake has worked for over a decade in the Hoopa Valley Tribe’s forestry program. She is currently the tribe’s wildlife biologist II and continues to work directly with tribal forest managers on the timber sale process. She recently completed a master of science program in wildlife at Humboldt State University. Her work focused on the movements and habitat selection of pileated woodpeckers on the Hoopa Valley Reservation in response to timber management practices. Blake also sits on the board of directors of the Hoopa Tribal Education Association.

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.

Join the event: https://campscui.active.com/orgs/BerkeleyArtStudio?season=2870002&session=48730216

Sponsored by: 
ASUC Student Union
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Ehrman Hall Reunion (Class of 1995)

10/16/20 7 p.m.8 p.m.  

Celebrate a reunion with classmates who lived in Ehrman Hall and graduated in 1995! This is a special event just for those from the Class of 1995 who resided in this particular residence hall.

Sponsored by: 
Steve Calandrillo ’95
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Berkeley Club of the Philippines Reunion @ Homecoming

10/16/20 8 p.m.9 p.m.  

In celebration of Homecoming, join us for our first virtual Berkeley Club of the Philippines reunion in which a panel of distinguished alums will share insights on various industry sectors in the Philippines specifically, including banking, business process outsourcing, economics, entrepreneurship, healthcare, insurance, and real estate. Additionally, Henry Wang ’21 will share his perspective on current campus life at Berkeley. After the discussion, attendees will have the opportunity to briefly introduce themselves and network.  Please note this event takes place Saturday, October 17, 11 a.m.– noon Philippine Time.

Speaker(s): 
Ernesto Pernia Ph.D. ’76
Professor Emeritus of Economics, University of the Philippines Diliman

Read more about Ernesto.

Eduardo Olbes ’92
Chief Financial Officer, Security Bank Corporation

Read more about Eduardo.

Lourdes Tejero M.S. ’18
Director, Technology Transfer and Business Development Office, University of the Philippines Manila

Read more about Lourdes.

Rick Santos ’89
Chairman and CEO, Santos Knight Frank

Read more about Rick.

Paul Rivera ’04
Co-founder and CEO, Kalibrr

Read more about Paul.

Elita Joy Quicho LL.M. ’18
Partner, Siguion Reyna Montecillo & Ongsiako

Read more about Elita Joy.

Sponsored by: 
Berkeley Club of the Philippines
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