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Campanile Open House

Friday 10 a.m.3:45 p.m.  
Saturday 10 a.m.4:45 p.m.  
Sunday 10 a.m.1:30 p.m.  
Sunday 3 p.m.4:45 p.m.  

Get a spectacular, sprawling view of the Bay Area from the observation platform of Sather Tower, also known as the Campanile. One of UC Berkeley’s most beloved and well-known symbols, the Campanile is the third tallest bell and clock tower in the world, visible for miles at a height of 307 feet. Enjoy daily carillon concerts at 7:50 a.m., 12 p.m., and 6 p.m.

Visitor Services has waived admission for Homecoming guests — simply show your badge at the entrance.

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Visitor Services

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.


The Summer of Love

Friday 10 a.m.4 p.m.  
Saturday 10 a.m.4 p.m.  

This exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love through the Bancroft Library’s rare and unique collections. Presented are images from the Bay Area alternative press, psychedelic rock posters and mailers, documentary photographs of the Haight-Ashbury scene and major rock concerts, and material from the personal papers of author Joan Didion and poet Michael McClure.


Understanding Your Vision Problems: Truths and Misconceptions

Friday 10 a.m.11 a.m.  

People have developed explanations, myths, and superstitions about vision problems for millennia. This lecture will reveal the true causes of vision problems, answering such questions as, “Why am I nearsighted?” and “Why do my parents need reading glasses?” Other topics explored include: “Are carrots really good for my eyes?”; “Is it bad to read in the dark or sit too close to the television?”; and “Can eye exercises help my vision?”

Patsy L. Harvey '79, O.D. '81, M.P.H. '83
Clinical Professor; School of Optometry

Patsy L. Harvey received her O.D. and M.P.H. from UC Berkeley. She currently teaches at the School of Optometry, including courses on myths, mysteries, and discoveries in medicine; systemic diseases; vision impairments; and geriatrics. 


Viruses Reveal the Secrets of Biology

Friday 10 a.m.11 a.m.  

Viruses are master manipulators, and those that persist for long periods of time are extraordinarily well-adapted to coexisting with their human and animal hosts. This lecture will explore how these minute agents are able to take control of a highly sophisticated cell with only a small set of genetic instructions. We will discuss what they need in order to multiply, and how studying them provides new insights into the inner workings of our own cells.

Britt Glaunsinger
Associate Professor and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Britt Glaunsinger leads a biomedical research laboratory that investigates how viruses, particularly those that persist in an infected individual for long periods of time, interact with the infected cell in order to multiply. The primary focus of her research is to understand how herpes viruses hijack or redesign components of the host cell to express their genes. Glaunsinger’s research has been recognized by awards from the Burroughs Wellcome Foundation, the W.M. Keck Foundation, the UC Berkeley Prytanean Women’s Honor Society, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She was named a 2015 UC Berkeley Miller Professor and the 2017 UC Berkeley Class of 1963 Endowed Chair. More information about her research group can be found at

Sponsored by: 
Prytanean Women's Honor Society

¡Viva la Fiesta! Mexican Traditions of Celebration

Friday 10 a.m.4 p.m.  
Saturday 10 a.m.4 p.m.  

This exhibition explores many traditional Mexican celebrations: weddings and birthdays, the Day of the Dead, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Las Posadas, and many more. 


BAMPFA Open House

Friday 11 a.m.9 p.m.  
Saturday 11 a.m.9 p.m.  
Sunday 11 a.m.7 p.m.  

Exhibitions on view include: “Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument,” which examines the editorial process behind Parks’s groundbreaking 1948 Life magazine photo-essay “Harlem Gang Leader”; “Miyoko Ito / MATRIX 267,” featuring compelling paintings by an underrecognized artist; and “Martin Wong: Human Instamatic,” the first major West Coast survey of paintings by a San Francisco native who was immersed in the bicoastal counterculture of the 1980s and ’90s since the artist’s death in 1999. BAMPFA has waived admission for Homecoming guests — simply show your badge at the entrance.


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 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.

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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

Travels, Travails, and Triumphs 1962–2017

Friday 11:30 a.m.12:45 p.m.  

Where have we been? Where are we headed? What successes and challenges have we faced? Come hear four illustrious and thoughtful members of our class reflect on their years since graduating. Attorneys, a doctor, a vintner, and authors share some of their most memorable, difficult, and rewarding experiences since Cal. Our permanent class president, Brian Van Camp, will channel his best “Dave Garroway/Charlie Rose,” for the interview. It promises to be a fun peek into the last 55 years of four fascinating classmates.

Dottie Ahlburg Johnson ’62

Dottie Johnson, president emeritus of the Council of Michigan Foundations, has been the director of two Fortune 500 companies, chair of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, and an advisor on philanthropic matters to Presidents Clinton and G.W. Bush.

Stu Gordon '62, J.D. '65

Stu Gordon is founding partner of Gordon & Rees, one of California’s leading litigation law firms. He is also a “dead-serious restaurateur,” investing in dozens of upscale California eateries, a Builder of Berkeley, and a Bay Area community volunteer par excellence.  

H. William Harlan '62

Bill Harlan owns and developed Harlan Estate and Bond Wines, for which he has received many outstanding awards, as well as Meadowood Resort in Napa Valley.

Brian Van Camp '62, J.D. '65

Brian Van Camp is a former Superior Court Judge and current arbitrator, recipient of the Cal Alumni Association’s Award of Excellence in 2000, and an occasional clarinet and tenor sax player.

Geoff Wong '62

Geoff Wong is an attorney in Sacramento with his J.D. from the McGeorge School of Law at University of the Pacific. He is the author of two published books about Cal A Golden State of Mind and Golden Daze.  Wong is a community activist, third generation Cal alumnus, volunteer, and a one-time “River Boat Captain!”

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Class of 1962