Learn about campus architecture, history, and university life during a 90-minute walking tour led by a campus ambassador.
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Explore the university’s public science center. Put your engineering skills to the test as you design, build, and experiment in Design Quest; catch a showing of Asteroid: Mission Extreme or Tiny Giants 3D in the National Geographic 3D Theater; and take in the sweeping views of San Francisco, the Bay, and the Berkeley campus. It’s all free with your Homecoming weekend name tag, and you’ll get a discount at the Discovery Corner Store.
Join Dacher Keltner, co-director of Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, for some insights into our very human drive to be in command of our world. In this talk he’ll share some research about how we get power, how it turns us into fools, and why we need to work together to address inequality and powerlessness.
Dacher Keltner received his B.A. from UC Santa Barbara and Ph.D. from Stanford. He studies the evolution of human emotion and power, class, and inequality. His five books include The Power Paradox (just published) and Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life, and he has participated on two scientific panels with the Dalai Lama.
Gentrification, or the influx of capital and higher-income, higher-educated residents into working-class neighborhoods, has already transformed about 10% of Bay Area neighborhoods. Displacement, which happens when housing or other conditions actually force moves, is occurring in 48% of Bay Area neighborhoods. The area currently affected by displacement includes an almost equal proportion of low-income and moderate/high-income neighborhoods. Learn about how and why neighborhoods are changing around the Bay Area and what cities are doing to help stabilize communities.
Miriam Zuk, Ph.D. is the director of the Urban Displacement Project at the Center for Community Innovation. She has 15 years of experience in the fields of environmental justice and equitable development. She also teaches research design and writing to graduate students in the Department of City and Regional Planning.
Effective approaches are available to prevent mental, emotional, and behavioral problems in young people, but they are underused or selected, implemented, and monitored in haphazard and uncoordinated ways that may thwart their success. This seminar will describe Dr. Shapiro’s recent research findings and reveal how to build a prevention infrastructure in local communities that supports healthy development.
Valerie Shapiro earned her Ph.D. in social welfare from the University of Washington, her masters in social service management from Bryn Mawr, and her B.A. in psychology from Colgate University. Her research focuses on the use of community coalitions for health promotion and strength-based approaches to foster mental health and resilience in children. She is the author of the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment, used to measure and monitor the development of social-emotional competence in children and youth.
The new Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, located across the street from the West Crescent, welcomes Cal alumni, parents, and friends. Come discover our new landmark building, designed by architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, with its signature swooping stainless-steel volume draped over a repurposed Art Deco printing plant. Stop by the corner of Oxford and Addison Streets to see experimental films by artist Pat O’Neill on our giant outdoor screen. Current gallery exhibitions highlight treasures from our encyclopedic collection: Berkeley Eye: Perspectives on the Collections; Hans Hofmann: Push and Pull; Buddhist Art from the Roof of the World; and Sojourner Truth, Photography, and the Fight Against Slavery. Admission is free for all registered participants. Just show your name tag at the admission desk!
Join your classmates for a social hour at 11 a.m., followed by a luncheon at noon. Barclay Ogden, Head of Preservation, University Library, will give a brief presentation.
$70 on-site if space is available. Registration also includes unlimited access to lectures, tours, open houses, and all the amenities available at Homecoming Headquarters.
Explore three exhibitions revealing the experiences of the Jewish Diaspora: I-Tal-Yah: An Island of Divine Dew, which investigates the global significance of Jewish culture in Italy; From Mendelssohn To Mendelssohn: German Jewish Encounters in Art, Music, and Material Culture, a depiction of the private and public lives of the Mendelssohn family and their role in German Jewish history; By Design: American Jewish Education in the “World Over” Cover Art (1946–57) which investigates the cover art designed by Ezekiel Schloss for World Over, A Magazine for Boys and Girls, published between the years 1946–57.
Explore the incredible diversity of plant habitats from six continents — including redwood forests, deserts, tropical forests, and wetlands — at the UC Botanical Garden. Feast your eyes and nose on special collections of orchids and carnivorous plants, the Garden of Old Roses, and spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Each tour is a unique experience focused on plants at their seasonal best and tailored to your interests. Garden admission is free for Homecoming guests, just show your name tag.
The University of California Museum of Paleontology contains more than five million specimens: invertebrate fossils and microfossils, ancient North American mammals, crocodilians, turtles, marine reptiles, and even massive dinosaurs who once roamed Montana and California. In this exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour, learn why these collections are critical to understanding global change past and present. Limited to 25 people on a first-come, first-served basis.
More than 12,000 chemicals are used in the personal care products that we put on our bodies every day, but most have not been tested for long-term toxicity. Some of these chemicals are suspected hormone disrupters, which means they may mimic, block, or otherwise interfere with the natural hormones in our bodies. This talk will identify chemicals we are exposed to by many every-day products, what health concerns this raises, how to reduce exposure, and what regulatory steps are on the horizon.
Kim Harley is a professor of maternal and child health and Associate Director of the Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health. She studies exposure to and health effects of common hormone-disrupting chemicals, including pesticides on our food, flame retardants in our furniture, and chemicals found in plastics and consumer products. Her work focuses on how prenatal and early-life exposure to these chemicals affects children’s health and may interfere with healthy brain development, the timing of puberty, the respiratory system, and metabolism.
Between 1900 and 1925, the University of California — enjoying the patronage of Phoebe Hearst — set about building the “Athens of the West,” a site of learning and of architectural achievement to rival the universities of Europe and the East Coast. This talk focuses on the 21st-century legacy of that ambitious building program.
Margaretta Lovell is a cultural historian working at the intersection of history, art history, anthropology, and museology. She studies material culture, painting, architecture, and design of the 18th, 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. She received her Ph.D. in american studies at Yale in 1980 (having been appointed to the art history faculty in 1978) and has taught as visiting professor in the history of art departments at Stanford, Harvard, and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Having taught at Berkeley since 1981, she has also held the Dittman Chair in American Studies at the College of William and Mary and the Ednah Root Curatorial Chair for American Art at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Learn about the current research of the Nemea Center for Classical Archaeology at three ancient sites in Greece: the Sanctuary of Zeus at Nemea, where a panhellenic festival of athletic events was held every two years from the Archaic to the Hellenistic period; the Late Bronze Age site of Mycenae, where craft production was entangled in the economic life of a major palatial center; and the site of Aidonia, which presents new challenges in a world of threatened cultural heritage as the story of a prehistoric community is being recovered from among looted and newly discovered tombs.
Kim Shelton has been at Cal for 11 years, teaching Greek archaeology, culture, and myth. She has been a field archaeologist for 27 years. She is currently directing three ongoing excavations in Greece where she also runs a summer field school for undergraduates.