School & College Events

Check back often as events will be added to the website frequently — right up until Homecoming weekend!

Parents’ Info Lounge

10/18/19 10 a.m.3 p.m.  
10/19/19 9 a.m.1 p.m.  

Come by for a chance to talk with campus leadership about topics of specific interest to Cal Parents and families. Learn what resources are available for you and get advice on how your student can make the most of their time at Berkeley. You’ll get a chance to talk to the Chancellor, Vice Chancellors, deans, and staff from many of the colleges as well as members of our Cal Parents, Career Center, and others who can help you help your student thrive! See below for who is currently scheduled to be in the lounge.

Friday, October 18

10–11 a.m.
Carol Christ, Chancellor and Professor Emeritus, English

11 a.m.–12 p.m.
Lisa Alvarez-Cohen, Vice Provost For Academic Planning and Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Jim Knowlton, Director of Athletics
Lisa García Bedolla, Vice Provost, Graduate Studies; Dean, Graduate Division; Professor, Graduate School of Education

12–1 p.m.
Oliver O’Reilly, Chair, Academic Senate and Professor, Materials Engineering
Paul Alivisatos, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost and Samsung Distinguished Professor of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

1–2 p.m.
Steve Sutton, Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs
Marc Fisher, Vice Chancellor, Administration

2–3 p.m.
Cathy Koshland, Vice Chancellor, Undergraduate Education and Professor, Environmental Health Sciences
David Ackerly, Dean, College of Natural Resources and Professor, Integrative Biology

Saturday, October 19

9–10 a.m.
Jeff MacKie-Mason, University Librarian, Chief Digital Scholarship Officer, and Professor, School of Information and Economics

10 a.m.–12 p.m.
David Ortega, Director, Parent Services and Communication

12–1 p.m. 
Andra Lee, Director, Parent Philanthropy and Engagement

Check back right before Homecoming for an updated schedule of who else will be in the lounge.

Sponsored by: 
Cal Parents

Volunteer Awards and Haas International Award Ceremony and Reception

10/18/19 5 p.m.7 p.m.  

Join us as we congratulate the recipients of the 2019 Volunteer Awards: outstanding alumni, parents, and friends who contribute time and effort to the Berkeley community. We’re proud to present these honors — the Sather Gate Young Volunteer, Spirit of 1868 Volunteer, and Loyal Company Outstanding Volunteer Group awards — to these campus friends. The ceremony will also include the presentation of the 2018 Elise and Walter A. Haas International Award, honoring an alumnus/a who is a native, citizen, and resident of another country and has a distinguished record of service to that country in any field.

For more information on the awards, visit

Sponsored by: 
UC Berkeley Foundation and Cal Alumni Association

"Who Shot Miguelito?" by Sean San José

10/18/19 8 p.m.  
10/19/19 2 p.m.  
10/19/19 8 p.m.  
10/20/19 2 p.m.  

This dynamic performance piece parallels the murder of a young street artist in San Francisco’s Mission District to the death of immigrant, working-class neighborhoods. Mapping the Mission in murals, tags, stickers, stencils, and sociopolitical protest art, Who Shot Miguelito? invites the audience to see, hear, and move with refugees, immigrants, first gens … and ghosts. Incorporating immersive video and lighting, an original score, and personal stories from UC Berkeley students, director Sean San José will reinvent the piece for a new cast and new audience.

Buy tickets online in advance or at the door. Advance registration: $13 for students, seniors (65+), and UC Berkeley faculty/staff. $18 for general admission. At-the-door: $15 for students, seniors (65+), and UC Berkeley faculty/staff. $20 for general admission.

Sponsored by: 
Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

College of Natural Resources Parents' Breakfast with the Dean

10/19/19 8:30 a.m.10 a.m.  

Get to know our dean, David Ackerly, at this light breakfast. Q&A will follow with Ackerly and representatives from CNR’s office of instruction and student affairs.

Limited capacity on a first-come, first served basis.

Sponsored by: 
Sponsored by College of Natural Resources

Coffee with the Chemistry Dean for Undergraduate Parents

10/19/19 9 a.m.11 a.m.  

Please join us for coffee and pastries followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with College of Chemistry Undergraduate Dean John Arnold starting at 10 a.m. in 120 Latimer. 

Limited to 150 people on a first-come, first served basis.

Sponsored by: 
College of Chemistry

Engineering Homecoming Kickoff

10/19/19 9 a.m.10 a.m.  

Engineering alumni, students, parents, and friends are invited to join us for refreshments and informal conversation with our college deans, faculty, and fellow members of the Berkeley Engineering community. Create your own homecoming souvenir at the Berkeley Engineering photo booth. We hope to see you there!

Sponsored by: 
Berkeley Engineering

Meet the L&S Graduate Mentors

10/19/19 9:30 a.m.11 a.m.  

Come learn about the new Graduate Mentoring program through L&S Advising! Graduate mentors are Berkeley Ph.D. students who help L&S undergraduates field the many challenges of college including choosing a major, considering career paths, pursuing graduate school, and developing metacognitive study skills. They offer assistance through individual mentorship and informational workshops. Enjoy donuts and coffee and learn about how undergraduates of all backgrounds and academic stages can benefit from this new mentorship program.

Sponsored by: 
L&S Advising

Innovating Democracy: Key Issues for the 2020 Election and Beyond

10/19/19 10 a.m.11:30 a.m.  

Join us for a timely and stimulating panel discussion on a number of key issues related to the 2020 election. Expert speakers will weigh questions on democratic engagement, maximizing voter participation, gerrymandering and voter suppression, and the state-level “National Popular Vote” reform initiative to change how the Electoral College operates.

Aimee Allison

Aimee Allison is the founder of She the People, a national network elevating the political voice and power of women of color. By bringing together the most promising women candidates of color, strategists, and movement leaders, Allison was one of the primary architects of the electoral successes that made 2018 the “year of women of color in politics.” She is also the president of Democracy in Color, an organization dedicated to empowering the multiracial progressive electorate through media, public conversations, research, and analysis.

Steven F. Hayward
Visiting Professor, Goldman School

Steven F. Hayward was previously a resident scholar at Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies, a lecturer at Berkeley Law, the Ronald Reagan Distinguished Visiting Professor at Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Public Policy, and a visiting scholar in conservative thought and policy at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He was also a Fellow in Law & Economics at the American Enterprise Institute and has been senior fellow at the Pacific Research Institute since 1991.

Bertrall Ross
Chancellor’s Professor of Law

Bertrall Ross teaches legislation, election law, and constitutional law. In the area of legislation, his 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.

Steve M. Silberstein
UC Berkeley Foundation Trustee and Goldman School Advisory Board Member

Steve M. Silberstein B.A. ’64, M.L.S. ’77 co-founded Innovative Interfaces in 1978, a company that develops automated systems for libraries and now includes as its customers more than 1500 library systems around the world, including most of the campuses of the University of California and the California State University System as well as large and small public city and county library systems.

Dan Lindheim
Moderator; Professor of Practice, Goldman School of Public Policy and Faculty Director of the Center on Civility & Democratic Engagement
Sponsored by: 
The Goldman School’s Center on Civility & Democratic Engagement, Founded by the Cal Class of ’68

Innovation with Impact @ Berkeley Engineering

10/19/19 10 a.m.11 a.m.  

From artificial intelligence to seismic research to advanced manufacturing, Berkeley engineers are developing groundbreaking innovations to solve the world’s greatest challenges. Join Berkeley Engineering Dean Tsu-Jae King Liu and fellow engineering faculty from across the college to learn about the newest technologies they’re creating in service to society.

Tsu-Jae King Liu
Dean and Roy W. Carlson Professor of Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

Tsu-Jae King 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.

Pieter Abbeel
Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

Pieter Abbeel is a leading researcher in robotics and deep reinforcement learning, the director of the Berkeley Robot Learning Lab, and co-director of the Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Lab.

Matthew DeJong
Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Matthew DeJong’s research is focused on earthquake engineering and civil infrastructure. As a professor at Cambridge University, he assessed numerous heritage structures across Europe.

Grace Gu
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

A pioneer in the field of smart additive manufacturing, Grace Gu uses artificial intelligence to find ways to make better materials, including, most recently, a self-correcting 3D printer.

Sponsored by: 
Berkeley Engineering

The Heroic Leader and LeadingX2

Why is it that when we think of leadership or leaders, we think of one person? What would happen if we questioned this nearly unquestionable assumption — that there is “a” leader, is “the” leader? Mulhern, his students, and his colleagues have been asking this question for years. In this talk, he explores the prevalence, power, and the practices of leading by two. He’ll invite you to examine your past, consider how your lessons stack up against his, and offer suggestions on how you might exploit the power of two in your efforts, leading in family, business, school, and other venues.

Daniel Granholm Mulhern
Lecturer in the Schools of Business, Public Policy, and Law

Dan Mulhern is a nationally recognized expert in the fields of leadership and organizational culture. He has worked with a wide range of organizations, from government to nonprofit, start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. In 2012, Mulhern shifted his practice from individual coaching and team development to LeadingX2.

He is a public speaker, radio personality, writer, professor, leadership coach, and consultant. In 2017 Mulhern received the Earl Cheit Award as outstanding undergraduate instructor for his work teaching leadership at the Haas School of Business. He is an honors graduate of Yale and Harvard Law School.

Sponsored by: 
Haas School of Business

The Surprises of the Sunflower

10/19/19 10 a.m.11 a.m.  

Five thousand years ago, early farmers took a special interest in sunflowers. Through its continued cultivation since that time, the sunflower has evolved into an essential crop that permeates human life, whether in beautiful bouquets, as salty snacks, or as a primary source of cooking oil in many parts of the world. This lecture will examine how the sequencing of modern and archaeological genomes by Berkeley researchers is shedding new light on the biological and cultural history of the sunflower’s transformation through domestication. In addition, recent work revealing how and why sunflower stems track the sun will be discussed.

Benjamin K. Blackman
Assistant Professor, Plant and Microbial Biology

Current research in the Blackman Lab focuses on how plants respond to predictable seasonal and daily fluctuations in the environment and how these responses evolve during adaptation and domestication. In 2017, Benjamin K. Blackman was honored with the Botanical Society of America’s Emerging Leader Award. He is the current faculty advisor to the genetics and plant biology major and to Cal’s new undergraduate plant biology club, Planty Social. He received his Ph.D. at Indiana University, Bloomington and has taught at University of Virginia.

Sponsored by: 
College of Natural Resources

Architecture and Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning Student Work Exhibit

10/19/19 10:30 a.m.1:30 p.m.  

This is an exhibition of student work completed in studio courses at the College of Environmental Design (CED). It is the first in a recurring series of annual exhibitions to celebrate the impressive range, skill level, and ambition of projects completed during the prior academic year. Work presented here was completed between fall 2018 and spring 2019. It spans the breadth of four distinct but occasionally overlapping studio sequences within the undergraduate and graduate programs in the department of landscape architecture and environmental planning and the department of architecture.

Sponsored by: 
College of Environmental Design

Black Engineering and Science Alumni Club Faculty and Alumni Panel

10/19/19 11 a.m.12:30 p.m.  

UC Berkeley faculty and alumni discuss the issues facing African Americans in the engineering and science fields today.

Boubacar Kanté
Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
Nerayo Teclemariam
Ph.D. ’07 Chemical Engineering and R&D Manager, Sandia National Laboratories
Kirk Tramble
’93 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences; Customer Success Manager, Oracle; and CAA Board of Directors
Fatima Alleyne
M.S. ’06, Ph.D. ’13 Materials Science and Engineering and Director of Faculty Engagement for Equity and Inclusion
Sponsored by: 
Black Engineering and Science Alumni Club

College of Natural Resources Picnic

10/19/19 11:30 a.m.1:30 p.m.  

The College of Natural Resources Alumni Association invites CNR alumni and their families, students, parents, and members of the CNR community to the annual picnic. Enjoy a taco bar, refreshing drinks, and sweet treats as you connect with our growing CNR community. 

On-site registration is available on a first-come, first served basis: $40 for adults; $25 for Cal students and children (age 5–17).

Sponsored by: 
College of Natural Resources