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Class of 1957 60th Reunion Lunch

Friday 11 a.m.2 p.m.  

Catch up on life since Cal and revisit favorite memories at the 11 a.m. social hour and noon luncheon. Special guests include Chancellor Carol T. Christ, Oski, the Cal Band, Men’s Octet, and California Golden Overtones. 

$57 per person. Parking is available in the Lower Sproul garage for an additional $15.

Registration also includes unlimited access to lectures, tours, open houses, and all the amenities available at Homecoming Headquarters.

Hearst Museum Open House

Friday 11 a.m.5 p.m.  
Saturday 10 a.m.6 p.m.  
Sunday 11 a.m.5 p.m.  

The recently reopened Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology is excited to welcome Cal alumni, parents, and friends! Stop by anytime to explore the inaugural exhibit, People Made These Things: Connecting with the Makers of Our World, or join a guided tour at 11 a.m. or 4 p.m. Virtually explore archaeological sites around the world through the interactive CAVE kiosk or take a break and chill out in the Lounge of Wondrous Anthropological Discoveries.

The Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology has waived admission for Homecoming guests — simply show your badge at the entrance.


The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life Open House

Friday 11 a.m.4 p.m.  

View four exhibitions highlighting the treasures of one of the world’s preeminent Jewish collections in a university setting. The first, The Invisible Museum: History and Memory of Morocco, highlights our considerable Moroccan collection, including many objects never before seen in public. Sketching “Fiddler”: Set Designs by Mentor Huebner displays original sketches and storyboard drawings created by Mentor Huebner for the 1971 feature film Fiddler on the Roof along with a small selection of set photographs. In the auditorium of The Magnes, The Worlds of Arthur Szyk displays high-resolution images of select collection items from The Taube Family Arthur Szyk Collection. Continuing from the spring semester is Power of Attention: Magic & Meditation in Hebrew “Shiviti” Manuscript Art, which showcases a selection from manuscripts, books, amulets, and textiles that center on the graphic representation of God’s ineffable four-letter Hebrew name — a window into the more mystical side of Judaism. 


UC Botanical Garden Tour

Saturday 11 a.m.  
Saturday 12:30 p.m.  
Saturday 1:30 p.m.  
Sunday 11 a.m.  
Sunday 12:30 p.m.  
Sunday 1:30 p.m.  
Friday 11 a.m.  
Friday 12:30 p.m.  
Friday 1:30 p.m.  

Explore the incredible diversity of plant habitats from six continents — redwood forests, deserts, tropical forests, wetlands — at the UC Botanical Garden. Feast your senses on special collections of orchids and carnivorous plants, the Garden of Old Roses, and spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge. You can take a docent-led tour or visit any time during open hours for a self-guided stroll. We strongly recommend visiting on Friday or Sunday, as access on Saturday can be severely limited due to football road closures. 

The UC Berkeley Botanical Garden has waived admission for Homecoming guests — simply show your badge at the entrance.


UC Museum of Paleontology Tour

Friday 11 a.m.12 p.m.  

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.


University Police Meet-and-Greet

Friday 11 a.m.1 p.m.  

Come to the south side of Sproul Hall for a meet-and-greet session with the University Police (UCPD). UCPD handles all patrol, investigation, crime prevention education, emergency preparedness, and related duties for the campus community. Discuss safety and security with officers and learn about their services and specialized units such as the tactical, canine, and bomb teams.

Sponsored by: 

Earthquake Warning: New Technology to Reduce This Critical Threat

Friday 11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.  

Earthquakes pose a critical threat to people and infrastructure in the San Francisco Bay Area and in many other parts of the world. By combining advances in earthquake science with new communication capabilities, it is now possible to provide warning of coming earthquake shaking. Warnings of a few seconds to a few minutes can be used to take cover under a sturdy table, to slow and stop trains, and to isolate hazardous machinery and chemicals at work — and to thereby reduce damage and injuries. We will discuss how the seismic network in California is now generating warnings and the path to public alerts ( We will also demonstrate a new technology that uses smartphones to detect earthquakes that could provide warning around the world (

Richard Allen
Professor and Chair, Earth and Planetary Science and Director, Seismology Lab

Richard Allen is an expert in earthquake alerting systems, developing methodologies to detect earthquakes and issue warnings prior to shaking and tsunamis. His group uses seismic and GPS sensing networks and is experimenting with the use of a global smartphone network called MyShake. Testing of the ShakeAlert warning system for the U.S. west coast is currently underway. Allen’s group also uses geophysical sensing networks to image the internal 3D structure of the Earth and constrain the driving forces responsible for earthquakes, volcanoes, and other deformation of the Earth’s surface. His research has been featured in Science, Nature, Scientific American, the New York Times, and dozens of other media outlets around the world. He has a B.A. from Cambridge, a Ph.D. from Princeton, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Caltech.


The Gulf States: Vive La Revolution or Vive La Counterrevolution?

Friday 11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.  

The Gulf states seemed impermeable to the 2011 Arab uprisings but saw regional developments as both threat and opportunity. Bartu will discuss the Gulf states and Saudi Arabia, Oman, UAE, and Qatar in particular and their roles in an ongoing struggle for the heart and soul of a region. 

Peter Bartu
Lecturer, International and Area Studies

Peter Bartu teaches political transitions in the Middle East and North Africa, the Gulf states, and international organizations and global governance. In 2011 he was a member of the UN’s stand-by mediation team and worked in Benghazi and Tripoli during the Libyan revolution among other assignments in Djibouti, Iraq, and Malawi. In 2008–09 he led a team that produced a seminal 500-page report on the disputed internal boundaries between the Arabs and the Kurds in Iraq, including Kirkuk. From 2001–03 he was a political advisor to the UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, based in Jerusalem. Bartu has worked as a foreign policy advisor in the Australian Prime Minister’s Department and held other appointments with the UN in East Timor in 1999 and in Cambodia from 1991–93. He has a Ph.D. in history from Monash University.

Sponsored by: 
Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Essig Museum of Entomology Open House

Friday 12 p.m.6 p.m.  
Saturday 10 a.m.6 p.m.  

Don’t miss this unique chance to view the weird and wonderful world of insects and spiders at the Essig Museum, home to more than five million insect specimens collected over 100 years’ time from western North America, Hawaii, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Tahiti. Learn how specimens are used to discover new species, decipher evolutionary questions, and understand where and how these creatures live.


Campus Walking Tour

Friday 10 a.m.11:30 a.m.  
Friday 1 p.m.2:30 p.m.  
Saturday 10 a.m.11:30 a.m.  
Saturday 11 a.m.12:30 p.m.  
Saturday 1 p.m.2:30 p.m.  

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


Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Tour

Friday 1 p.m.2 p.m.  

Visit one of the largest university-based collections of tetrapod vertebrates in the world, including about 700,000 superb bird, mammal, reptile, and amphibian specimens from around the globe. You’ll see rare and extinct animal specimens and learn about research projects aimed at answering fundamental questions about evolution and conservation.

Limited to 25 people on a first-come, first-served basis.


Rededication of Dwinelle and Durant Halls

Friday 1 p.m.2 p.m.  

Come celebrate UC Berkeley’s forthcoming 150th anniversary with the college that was founded first and remains at the center of the university: Letters and Science. Join Chancellor Carol T. Christ, deans, faculty, students, and alumni in honoring the college’s — and the university’s — core undergraduate mission as Durant Hall and Dwinelle Hall are rededicated with the new College of Letters & Science logo. Refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by: 
College of Letters & Science

Cutting Edge and Cutting Costs

Friday 2 p.m.3 p.m.  

New University Library initiatives explore emerging research technologies and new programs to cut textbook costs for Berkeley students. Find out what the newly renovated fourth and fifth floors of Moffitt have to offer and learn about the library’s role in digital literacy, makerspaces, student technology services, and open educational resources!

Jean Ferguson
Learning and Research Communities Librarian

Jean Ferguson connects with students and programs at UC Berkeley to advise on new library spaces and services. Prior to joining Cal in 2015, she spent 10 years at the Duke University Libraries as head of research service, helping to create The Edge, a center for data, digital humanities, and digital scholarship. Ferguson has an M.S. in library science from the University of North Carolina, an M.S. in information science from Ball State University, and a B.A. from Augustana College.

Cody Hennesy
E-Learning and Information Studies Librarian

Cody Hennesy leads the UC Berkeley Library’s digital literacy initiative, wherein he focuses on the intersection of emerging technologies, scholarly research methods, and student learning. Prior to his five years at Cal, he worked as the systems and services librarian at California College of the Arts in Oakland. He has an M.L.I.S. from San Jose State University.

Rachael G. Samberg
Scholarly Communication Officer, UC Berkeley Library

Rachel Samberg is responsible for copyright and other IP and licensing rights education for Berkeley scholars, and advises about scholarly publishing options, open access publishing, and research impact. She is also a national presenter for the Association of College and Research Libraries’ workshop series “Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement.”  She has a B.S. from Tufts University, a J.D. from Duke University School of Law, and an M.L.I.S. from the University of Washington. 

Sponsored by: 
University Library