Lectures & Learning Opportunities

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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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Cal and Craft: Calicraft on Beer, Beverages, and Innovation

10/17/20 1 p.m.1:45 p.m.  

Calicraft’s founder and CEO Blaine Landberg ’01 and brand director and brewmaster Thomas Vo talk beers, beverages, and innovation. From humble beginnings of clandestine homebrewing to presenting new beverage categories at the biggest beer festival in the world, Landberg and Vo will discuss the process of taking a passion and turning it into a business. Order a Brewer’s Select mixed pack, available for local pickup or home delivery! This mixed six pack has our newest innovation and features everything from lager to IPA to Spritzers. These beers help to illustrate the history of Calicraft as well as the future of the company.

Speaker(s): 
Blaine Landberg ’01
Founder and CEO, Calicraft


Landberg is founder and CEO of Calicraft. After graduating from UC Berkeley in 2001, Landberg started his career at Honest Tea, building the brand from the ground up to an eventual acquisition by Coca-Cola. With 21 years of beverage industry experience, Landberg founded Calicraft,an innovative adult beverage company focusing on beer first. Landberg currently resides in Walnut Creek, California.

Thomas Vo
Brand Director and Brewmaster, Calicraft


Vo is brand director and brewmaster of Calicraft. After a year-long stint at UC Berkeley as a research assistant and lab manager, Vo left Cal and started the research and development division at Calicraft. Vo is a marketing and product professional who is developing disruptive products with a modern perspective. He holds an M.B.A. from Saint Mary’s College and currently resides in Concord, California.

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Cal Falcons

10/16/20  
10/17/20  
10/18/20  

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Engineering Homecoming Kickoff

10/17/20 9 a.m.10 a.m.  

Engineering alums, students, parents, and friends are invited to join us for an informal conversation with our college deans, student advisers, and fellow members of the Berkeley Engineering community. We hope to see you!

Sponsored by: 
College of Engineering
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Mediating Investor Attention

10/17/20 10 a.m.11 a.m.  

Discover how media coverage, psychological biases, and decision heuristics affect the trading of individual investors. Professor Terrance Odean outlines new research that shows individual investors tend to trade too frequently, hold onto their losing investments, and buy stocks that are in the news. Mutual fund investors pay too much attention to past returns and too little to expenses. And investors’ excitement contributes to asset pricing bubbles. Excessive trading and return chasing with too little attention to fees materially lower investment returns and welfare.

Speaker(s): 
Terrance Odean
Rudd Family Foundation Professor of Finance


Odean is an advisory editor of the Financial Planning Review, a member of the editorial advisory board for the Journal of Investment Consulting and the Russell Sage Behavioral Economics Roundtable, and is an expert panelist for the Wall Street Journal. In 2016, he received the James R. Vertin Award from the CFA Institute for his research notable for its relevance and enduring value to investment professionals.

Sponsored by: 
Haas School of Business
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Meet Dean of CED Vishaan Chakrabarti

10/17/20 10 a.m.10:45 a.m.  

Vishaan Chakrabarti, the new dean of the College of Environmental Design (CED), will discuss his vision for the school. Renee Y. Chow, chair of architecture, joins him to talk about how CED plans to continue forging new urban visions for a sustainable future. A Q&A will follow the discussion. Advance registration in Zoom will be required to attend this event. One week prior to this event, a registration link will be provided.

Speaker(s): 
Vishaan Chakrabarti
Dean, College of Environmental Design


An alum of UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design (M.Arch. ’96), Chakrabarti founded the Practice for Architecture and Urbanism in 2015. He served as director of the New York City Department of City Planning from 2002 to 2005, overseeing planning and development during the period that followed the September 11 attacks. He holds a master’s degree in city planning from MIT and dual bachelor’s degrees in art history and engineering from Cornell. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

Sponsored by: 
College of Environmental Design
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Q&A with College of Chemistry Undergraduate Dean

10/17/20 10 a.m.11:15 a.m.  

John Arnold, undergraduate dean at the College of Chemistry, will offer an update on undergraduate studies at the college and answer questions from the audience. This session will be interactive! Bring your questions, or submit them in advance by emailing CoC_relations@berkeley.edu. Please register in advance for this session through the College of Chemistry.

Sponsored by: 
College of Chemistry
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Rising to the Challenge: Berkeley Engineers Take on COVID-19

10/17/20 10 a.m.11 a.m.  

Berkeley Engineering faculty members have mustered a remarkable research response to COVID-19, and work continues around-the-clock. Join Dean Tsu-Jae King Liu and fellow engineering faculty from across the college and learn about the work being done in service to society.

Speaker(s): 
Tsu-Jae King Liu
Dean and Roy W. Carlson Professor of Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences


Dean Liu is internationally recognized in academia and industry for her innovations in semiconductor devices and technology and highly regarded for achievements as an instructor, mentor, and administrator.

Patrick Hsu
Assistant Professor, Bioengineering


As a member of the Innovative Genomics Institute, Professor Hsu is working to apply new CRISPR tools he has discovered to provide a faster and better diagnosis of COVID-19 infection. The research also involves searching for new drug targets using CRISPR genetic screens.

Simo Mäkiharju
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering


Professor Mäkiharju is collaborating to adapt sleep apnea machines to give respiratory aid to COVID-19 patients and is studying the droplet transport of infectious diseases.

Sponsored by: 
College of Engineering
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An Election Like No Other: Ensuring Democracy’s Survival

10/17/20 11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.  

This panel will gather leaders and experts to address these unprecedented times and all the challenges confronting the 2020 election. What can we do to make voters’ voices heard during a pandemic and a historic civil rights upheaval?

Speaker(s): 
Aimee Allison
Founder and President, She the People


As founder and president of She the People, a national network elevating the voice and power of women of color, Allison brings together voters, organizers, and elected leaders in a movement grounded in values of love, justice, belonging, and democracy. Allison leads national efforts to build inclusive, multiracial coalitions led by women of color. She leverages media, research, and analysis to increase voter engagement and advocate for racial, economic, and gender justice. She holds a B.A. and M.A. from Stanford University and is the author of Army of None.

Bertrall Ross
Chancellor’s Professor of Law


Ross’s areas of expertise are voting rights and marginalized communities. His research interests are driven by a normative concern about democratic responsiveness and a methodological approach that integrates political theory and empirical social science into discussions of legal doctrine, the institutional role of courts, and democratic design. In the area of legislation, Ross’s current research seeks to address how courts should reconcile legislative supremacy with the vexing problem of interpreting statutes in contexts not foreseen by the enacting legislature. In election law, he is examining the constitutional dimensions and the structural sources of the marginalization of the poor in the American political process.

James Schwab
Chief Deputy Secretary of State, Policy and Planning. State of California


Schwab is the chief deputy secretary of state for policy and planning for California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, where he oversees implementation of recent election reforms. Schwab previously served as chief of legislative affairs where he managed the agency’s legislative agenda and monitored state and congressional legislative proposals. Schwab has also worked in Sacramento as a legislative staffer for several years. In addition to his state service, he has also managed the field campaigns of several legislative and city council races in Sacramento County. He holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations and affairs from the UC Davis.

John Swartzberg M.D.
Clinical Professor Emeritus, School of Public Health


Swartzberg is a clinical professor emeritus at Berkeley Public Health and chairs the editorial board of the school’s health and wellness publications. He is a past director of the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program, where he continues to teach. He is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases. Before joining UC Berkeley’s faculty (part time since 1980 and full time since 2001), he spent 30 years in clinical practice. He is also the hospital epidemiologist and chair of the Infection Control Committee at the Alta Bates Medical Center in Berkeley.

Sponsored by: 
Center on Civility & Democratic Engagement and Goldman School of Public Policy
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From Alums to Coaches: Cal Then and Now

10/17/20 11:30 a.m.  

Several of Cal’s coaches were alums! Join Golden Bear coaches Jack Clark, Chelsea Spencer, Walter Chun, and Burl Toler III and hear what brought these coaches back to UC Berkeley. They’ll talk about how their experiences shaped how they coach today.

Speaker(s): 
Jack Clark ’79 (Moderator)
Head Coach, Rugby


Clark is entering his 40th year overall and 38th as Cal’s rugby head coach in 2020–21. The Bears’ era of success under Clark is unmatched: he holds an all-time record of 680-96-5 (.876) in 15s, 184-22-0 (.893) in 7s, 24 National 15s Championships, and 5 National 7s Championships. He served as head coach for the Collegiate All-America team, head coach of the United States national team, and general manager for the national team. He was named a Living Legend by Pac-12 Networks and is a member of U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame, Edison High School Alumni Hall of Fame, Orange Coast College Hall of Fame, and Cal Athletics Hall of Fame.

Chelsea Spencer ’06
Head Coach, Softball


Spencer, who won an NCAA title during an All-American career at Cal before embarking on a coaching career, agreed to become the next softball head coach for the Golden Bears in May 2020. As a shortstop, Spencer was part of four straight Women’s College World Series teams with the Golden Bears, including the 2002 NCAA championship squad. She returns to Cal after spending the past two seasons as an assistant coach at Texas and the 2013–18 seasons at Oregon. Highlighting an impressive professional playing career from 2005–10, Spencer was a four-time All-National Pro Fastpitch selection.

Walter Chun ’01, M.A. ’03
Head Coach, Men’s Golf


Chun enters his fifth season as Cal’s Alex and Marie Shipman Director of Men’s Golf and his 24th campaign associated with the men’s golf program in 2020–21. Chun began his affiliation with Cal in 1997 on the men’s golf team and was a two-time team captain. Chun received a pair of degrees at Cal with a bachelor’s from the Haas School of Business in 2001 and a master’s from the Graduate School of Education in 2003. He was a three-time Pac-10 All-Academic selection (2000–02) and a two-time All-America Scholar (2001–02).

Burl Toler ’05
Coach, Wide Receivers; Cal Football


Toler is in his third season on the full-time coaching staff at Cal and his second as the Golden Bears’ wide receivers coach after spending his first campaign as an assistant coach working with the running backs. Toler’s position was a wide receiver when he played professionally and while at Cal. He graduated from Cal in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in social welfare. He was a four-year letter winner at Cal from 2001–04, helping the Bears to an Insight Bowl victory and a Holiday Bowl appearance in his final two seasons.

Sponsored by: 
The Cameron Institute for Student-Athlete Development
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Lives and Legacy: Celebrating Japanese American Women at Cal

10/17/20 11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.  

To celebrate 150 years of women at UC Berkeley, this multigenerational panel of Japanese American women will share personal stories about their student life and experiences. Learn how their time at Berkeley has shaped their understanding of their roles as Japanese American women within a global community.

Speaker(s): 
Joyce Nao Takahashi ’55


Takahashi received her Ph.D. in chemistry from UCLA and is an emerita adjunct professor at UC Davis. She has served as a volunteer with the Time of Remembrance program at the California Museum in Sacramento and a board member of the Japanese American Women Alumnae of UC Berkeley. She is the author of the monograph, Japanese American Alumnae of the University of California, Berkeley: Lives and Legacy.

Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto ’77


For almost 60 years, Muramoto has performed and taught the Japanese koto in the United States and Japan. The koto is a Japanese stringed musical instrument and the national instrument of Japan. Muramoto received her Shihan instructor’s license with Yushusho honors and her Dai Shihan Master’s degree from the Chikushi School in Fukuoka, Japan. In 2012, she was inducted into the Hokka Nichibei Kai Bunka (the Japanese Cultural Hall of Fame) by the Japanese American Association of America. She is the founder of the Murasaki Ensemble, a world jazz band, and producer of Hidden Legacy: Japanese Traditional Performance Arts in the World War II Internment Camps, a documentary based on her research about Japanese traditional performance arts in World War II concentration camps.

Nina F. Ichikawa ’00
Executive Director, Berkeley Food Institute


Ichikawa received her B.A. in interdisciplinary studies/food policy and her M.A. in international relations/food policy from Meiji Gakuin University in Tokyo. She previously served in the office of U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye and worked on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” Initiative. In 2011, she was named a Food and Community Fellow by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. She volunteers for the California Farmer Justice Collaborative, the Center for Urban Education on Sustainable Agriculture, and Japanese American Women Alumnae of UC Berkeley.

Sarena Kuhn ’22


A fifth-generation Japanese American, Sarena Kuhn is a third-year undergraduate student studying civil and environmental engineering and creative writing. In 2018, she received a Scholastic Art & Writing Gold Medal Portfolio Award. A senior staff writer at The Daily Californian, her work has been published in The Daily Californian, the Rafu Shimpo, and the Berkeley Fiction Review.

Lisa Hirai Tsuchitani ’92 (Moderator)
Lecturer, Asian American & Asian Diaspora Studies Program


Tsuchitani ’92, M.A. ‘94, Ph.D. ’00 is a graduate of the Asian American Studies, East Asian Studies, and Social and Cultural Studies programs. She is founder and chair of the Japanese American Studies Advisory Committee, board chair of the Japanese American Women Alumnae of UC Berkeley, and faculty chair of the Asian American & Pacific Islander Standing Committee.

Sponsored by: 
Japanese American Women Alumnae of UC Berkeley Alumni Chapter
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Measuring Brand Equity: Inside the Mind of the Consumer

10/17/20 11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.  

Find out about breakthroughs in the neuroscience of consumer choice in this intriguing talk. Brands are often seen as one of the most valuable assets for firms. Yet the answer to “How much is a brand worth?” is surprisingly elusive. As one writer puts it, “Perhaps the only thing that has not been reached with regard to brand equity is a conclusion.” Associate Professor Ming Hsu outlines a new model that shows how and why standard customer-based brand equity measures systematically understate the brand value of (especially) well-known firms. 

Speaker(s): 
Ming Hsu
William Halford Jr. Family Chair, Marketing; Associate Professor, Business Administration


Hsu is an associate professor at UC Berkeley. He holds appointments in the Haas School of Business and the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute. Hsu’s research involves using neuroscientific and computational tools to understand the biological basis of economic and consumer decision-making and how brain-based methods can be used to generate and validate insights into customers’ thoughts, feelings, and behavior. Prior to joining Berkeley, he was assistant professor of economics and neuroscience at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Sponsored by: 
Haas School of Business
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Putting the ‘f’ in Chemistry

10/17/20 11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.  

Professor Polly L. Arnold discusses the subtleties of structure and bonding in compounds of the f-block elements, the rare earth metals and their heavier congeners, uranium, and the actinides are still poorly understood. Our research to make new, exotic molecules from these metals contributes to our fundamental understanding of them. Rare earth metals are important as they are employed in various technologies, and researching safe, long-term handling of our nuclear waste legacies is critical. Another factor that slows our creativity and progress is the failure to include female and minority scientists. Find out what we’re doing to change the research ecosystem and improve STEM diversity.

Speaker(s): 
Polly L. Arnold
Professor, Chemistry and Chemical Sciences Division Director, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


Arnold joined the UC Berkeley faculty as a professor in January 2020 and is the new director of the Chemical Sciences Division at Berkeley Labs. Prior to her arrival at Berkeley, Arnold was the Crum Brown Chair of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh. She holds degrees from the University of Oxford and University of Sussex and was a Fulbright postdoctoral fellow at MIT. She is the fifth-youngest woman to be elected to the fellowship of the Royal Society and was appointed to the Order of the British Empire in 2017 for services to chemistry and women in STEM.

Sponsored by: 
College of Chemistry
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Black in STEM in the Face of Two Pandemics

10/17/20 1 p.m.2:30 p.m.  

The Black Engineering and Science Alumni Club (BESAC) presents a virtual moderated panel of Black engineers and scientists working in a COVID-19 and post-George Floyd world. Topics will range from engineering projects by alums and faculty to address issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, efforts to address the disparate effects of COVID-19 on the Black community, and wide-ranging initiatives to redress the impacts of systemic racism. Registration is required to receive the event details, including the Zoom link. Please register in advance for this session through the BESAC. 

Join the conversation here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/besac-presents-black-in-stem-in-the-face-of-two-pandemics-tickets-117939631613

Speaker(s): 
Grace O’Connell
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering


O’Connell is the Don M. Cunningham Chair of Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley. This summer, she pivoted from her pioneering research in the bioengineering of intervertebral soft tissues and cartilage to direct her lab to re-engineer sleep apnea machines into home-use ventilators for COVID-19 patients. O’Connell was recently awarded funding from the UC Office of the President to offer summer research opportunities for undergraduate engineering students at Howard University in 2021.

John S. Davis II Ph.D. ’00
Senior Privacy Engineer, Google


As a senior privacy engineer at Google, Davis and his colleagues recently published their work to aid COVID-19 researchers in data mining symptom search terms in Google while simultaneously protecting user privacy. Davis joined Google in 2019 after eight years at the Rand Corporation as a senior information scientist and seven years at IBM’s Watson Research Center as a research staff member. He earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from UC Berkeley in 2000.

Candia L. Brown ’91
Senior Director, Global Market Development, Genetic Sciences Division, Thermo Fisher Scientific


As the senior director of global market development, Brown is responsible for market segmentation strategy, thought leadership, and business development within the clinical research, agriculture, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical markets. She is passionate about genomics and health disparities in communities of color. She is currently leading a project to support COVID-19 testing in historically black colleges and universities. The Just Project is a result of a $15 million donation from Thermo Fisher Scientific and is named after pioneering biologist Ernest Everett Just. Brown earned her degree from UC Berkeley in integrative human biology in 1991.

Kris Okumu ’96, M.D.
Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon; Medical Director, Spine Health Institute; Chair, Department of Orthopaedics, Seton Medical Center


Okumu is a fellowship-trained, orthopaedic spine surgeon and the medical director of the Spine Health Institute. He is trained in pediatric and adult scoliosis surgery, complex spine surgery, and minimally invasive spine surgery. Dr. Okumu is also an entrepreneur and co-founder of two medical device and software companies, Oculapps and Orcana. He earned his bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley in biochemistry/molecular and cell biology in 1998 and his medical degree from UC Davis School of Medicine.

Fatima Alleyne M.S. ’06, Ph.D. ’13
Director, Community Engagement and Inclusive Practices; Trustee, Contra Costa County Board of Education


Alleyne will act as the panel moderator for this event. She recently started her new role as director of community engagement and inclusive practices at UC Berkeley. In her current role, she develops and leads programs to engage faculty, staff, and students in the College of Engineering in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts to increase awareness of implicit bias, interrupt exclusionary behaviors, and build capacity to promote and share evidence based-practices that advance DEI. She earned her degrees from Cal in materials science and engineering.

Sponsored by: 
Black Engineering and Science Alumni Club
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Chronicling COVID-19: A Collaboration between Berkeley Journalism and the New York Times

10/17/20 1 p.m.2 p.m.  

Join Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Barstow and a panel of student reporters to hear firsthand about their experiences on this unprecedented project. In April 2020, more than 80 students and nearly 20 journalism instructors and staff organized into small reporting teams to cover how the novel coronavirus is impacting each of California’s 58 counties. The teams’ stories are running in the main edition of The New York Times, in its California Today newsletter, and in other top media outlets, including The Atlantic, NPR, the Los Angeles Times, National Geographic, CalMatters, Rolling Stone, and Aristegui Noticias in Mexico.

Speaker(s): 
David Barstow
Reva and David Logan Distinguished Chair in Investigative Journalism


Barstow is the head of investigative reporting at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. He is the first reporter to win four Pulitzer Prizes and is the recipient of three Polk Awards, the Goldsmith Prize, the Alfred I. duPont Silver Baton, the Barlett and Steele Gold Medal, a Loeb Award, the Sidney Hillman Award, the Daniel Pearl Award for Investigative Reporting, two Sigma Delta Chi Awards, the Peabody Award, the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, the Mirror Award, an Overseas Press Club Citation, two Society of American Business Editors and Writers awards, and the Gold Keyboard.

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Looking Ahead to the Tokyo Olympics

10/17/20 1 p.m.1:45 p.m.  

With the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics to 2021, training and preparation has changed for Olympic hopefuls. How will athletes continue the process of qualifying for the games? What might the Olympics look like, and how will the games change? Tune in for a conversation with Camryn Rogers, track & field student-athlete and Olympic hopeful, Robyne Johnson, track & field head coach and U.S. Olympic coach, and Dana Vollmer, three-time Olympian and gold medalist, to hear their perspectives on the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.

Speaker(s): 
Dave Durden
Head Coach, Cal Men's Swimming and Diving


Cal men’s swimming and diving has established itself as the premier collegiate and post-graduate program in the country under the guidance of head coach Durden, who entered his 13th season in 2019–2020. For his efforts, Durden has been charged with leading the United States as the head coach for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo next summer. In 2016, Durden was selected as a men’s assistant coach for the U.S. Olympic swimming team. He was also named Coach of the Meet at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials. 

Dana Vollmer ’10


Vollmer is ranked fourth all-time out of female U.S. Olympians who have won the most gold medals. She won four national titles and played a key role in bringing the Golden Bears their first NCAA national team title in women’s swimming. Vollmer’s Olympic career started in 2004 in Athens where she won gold as part of the world record setting 4×200-meter freestyle relay. After a heartbreaking miss of the national team in 2008, she came back in 2012 and won three gold medals while setting two world records at the London Olympics. Her world record in the individual 100-meter butterfly of 55.98 seconds was the first time a woman swam the event under 56 seconds. After having her first child in March 2015, Vollmer returned to the pool and quickly regained her place among the top swimmers in the world. At the 2016 Rio Olympics, she won bronze in the 100-meter butterfly, a silver medal and an American record in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay, and a gold medal in the 4×100-meter medley relay. Her gold in 2016 is the U.S. swim team’s first-ever gold medal won by a mother.

Robyne Johnson
Director, Cal Track & Field and Cross Country


Johnson is the director of Cal track & field and cross country where she leads both the men’s and women’s programs. She was named an assistant coach for multis and jumps for the 2016 U.S. Olympic team that competed in Rio de Janeiro. She also has had an extensive international coaching experience, including for Team USA at the 2016 Rio Olympics where she coached athletes to seven medals in the horizontal jump competitions: three golds, three silvers, and one bronze.

Camryn Rogers ’21


Rogers is a First Team All American Cal track & field student-athlete who was the 2019 NCAA champion in the hammer throw. She recorded several bests while at Cal, including the seventh best throw in NCAA history and the sixth best throw at an NCAA championship. She ranks second in Pac-12 history and first in Cal record books and claimed the first hammer throw championship in school history.

As a Canadian, Rogers threw the best mark in Canada in 2019, the fourth all-time throw in Canada’s history, and reset the U23 national record. An Olympic hopeful for Canada, Rogers continues to prepare for the 2021 Olympics while navigating the new normal for student-athletes. She will graduate in 2021 and has an interest in pursuing law school after graduation.

Sponsored by: 
The Cameron Institute for Student-Athlete Development
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A Firm Foothold for Economic and Social Welfare

10/17/20 2:30 p.m.3:30 p.m.  

Find out how leading social welfare scholar Dr. Neung-hoo Park is shaping overall welfare policies covering labor, social services, and the environment in the Republic of Korea. Policies for what he calls an “inclusive welfare state” are based on equality of opportunity and public responsibility for vulnerable population groups. He discusses financial support and infrastructure expansion needed to support the economic and social well-being of citizens. He also outlines three principles of Korea’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic: openness, transparency, and democracy.

Speaker(s): 
Dr. Neung-hoo Park
Minister of Health and Welfare, Republic of Korea


Park is minister of health and welfare of the Republic of Korea. He has dedicated himself to developing social welfare research and policy in Korea as a scholar and a member of various policy committees. As minister, he has come up with measures to secure a firm foothold for an inclusive welfare state.

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COVID-19 and Anti-Asian Violence

10/17/20 2:30 p.m.3:30 p.m.  

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Wuhan, China, the United States has seen a surge of Asian Americans reporting racially motivated crimes. Studies have shown that when viral outbreaks are deadly, fear often drives those at risk to place blame on external groups. Professor Lok Siu will discuss these complex issues. Please register in advance through the Cal Alumni Association to receive the Zoom link.

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Speaker(s): 
Lok Siu
Professor of Ethnic Studies


Professor Siu is a cultural anthropologist and professor of ethnic studies at UC Berkeley. Her areas of expertise include Asian diasporas in the Americas, transnational migration, belonging and cultural citizenship, performance, and food. Her award-winning books include Memories of a Future Home: Diasporic Citizenship of Chinese in Panama and Asian Diasporas: New Formations, New Conceptions. She has appeared on CNN’s United Shades of America with Kamau Bell and WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show and is currently working on the book, Worlding Asian Latinx: The Intimate Publics of Cultural Mixing.

Sponsored by: 
Cal Alumni Association
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The Path to Playing

10/17/20 2:30 p.m.3:15 p.m.  

Join Director of Athletics Jim Knowlton in conversation with Ryan Cobb, senior associate athletics director, Justin Wilcox, Cal football head coach, and Charmin Smith, Cal women’s basketball head coach for a discussion on how Cal Athletics plans to help our 850 student-athletes safely represent the Golden Bears in the sports they love as we navigate the pandemic. This panel will provide an insider’s look at the unique challenges student-athletes face in returning to campus and to competition. 

Sponsored by: 
The Cameron Institute for Student-Athlete Development
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Migration Q&A with Cal Falcons

10/18/20 2:30 p.m.3:30 p.m.  

It may be homecoming for Cal’s human residents, but it’s homegoing for many of its feathered denizens. Each year, tens of thousands of raptors make their annual migration from their summer homes to their winter homes. Join Cal Falcons and Golden Gate Raptor Observatory scientists for a live Q&A to answer all of your burning questions about birds, migration, and the peregrine falcons living on top of the Campanile.

Speaker(s): 
Sean Peterson


Peterson is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management. When not obsessively watching and managing the Cal Falcons livestream each spring, he studies marsh birds in the Sierra Nevada Foothills.

Lynn Schofield


Schofield is a biologist with the Institute for Bird Populations. She studies wildfire ecology in the Sierra Nevadas and is one of the scientists managing the Cal Falcons.

Teresa Ely


Ely is the banding manager for the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory in the Marin Headlands north of San Francisco. Hundreds of volunteers monitor one of the continent’s most active migratory pathways making the observatory one of the leading citizen science programs in the country.

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