As the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation celebrates its fifth anniversary, learn how the interdisciplinary hub has transformed hands-on education and inspired students from across the campus.
Tours & Open Houses
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Learn about the work, students, and staff of the Human Rights Center (HRC), the West Coast’s first human rights institution based at a university. Explore its vibrant Investigations Lab, run by students from two dozen majors and minors who collectively speak some 30 languages. The lab employs open source investigation techniques to discover and verify human rights violations and potential war crimes. You’ll also find out more about HRC’s research programs, including Tech and Human Rights, Health and Human Rights, and Summer Fellowship Programs. HRC has conducted major human rights investigations in more than a dozen countries.
Virtually tour BAMPFA’s exhibition galleries, including the stunning, abstract quilts by African-American quiltmaker Rosie Lee Tompkins; intriguing postcolonial Indian folk art; Edie Fake’s visionary Art Wall mural: Affordable Housing for Trans Elders; and a new tour of the Himalayan Buddhist art installation: Divine Women, Divine Wisdom.
Take a video tour of campus in Blockeley University! Blockeley is a virtual replica of the UC Berkeley campus in the popular Minecraft video game, built by more than 100 Berkeley students. This past May, hundreds of graduating students attended a virtual, mock commencement ceremony at Blockeley. You’ll experience avatars walking through campus and see Doe Library, Sather Gate, and other iconic places in a whole new way. Let there be light. And let there be blocks!
Join us for our inaugural Berkelium 5K Run/Walk. Although we will be participating on our own, together we can show our Cal spirit in this new event that supports the Cal Alumni Association’s programs for alums. This event is free. But with a $30 gift, you will receive a Cal swag bag and be entered to win prizes from our sponsors (including Sennheiser headphones, gift cards to Berkeley restaurants, and much more). Enter our two photo contests for “Most Cal-Spirited Run” and “Most Scenic Run” to win a BMW from Weatherford BMW for the weekend or a one-night stay at the Claremont Hotel. Please register in advance through the Cal Alumni Association starting September 1.
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. More information will be added shortly.
Philanthropy has had a tremendous impact on the UC Berkeley campus, changing the physical silhouette with new buildings, making the student experience possible through scholarships and much more. Experience UC Berkeley’s past, present, and future with a campus ambassador as your friendly, knowledgeable guide. You’ll learn about the university’s philanthropic history, highlighting the programs and buildings made possible by private giving.
Cal Performances will offer a series of eclectic and inspiring virtual performances. They serve as a reminder of the unsurpassed ability of the performing arts to express the power and potential of the human spirit.
Take a self-guided tour using the Homecoming app through Guidebook. “Walk” the campus at your own pace and listen to campus leaders and students share information about Cal. You can do this any time throughout the weekend!
Though its doors are temporarily closed, the Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley’s public science center, continues to offer high-quality science and math learning experiences for all. Visit the Lawrence at Home for fun engaging videos and hands-on activities you can experience without leaving your home! A link to the virtual visit will be added soon.
Take a fun, virtual tour with revered campus historian Peter S. Van Houten ’56, M.A. ’62, Ed.D. ’73. Van Houten has developed an encyclopedic knowledge of memorable people, buildings, events, and traditions based on his 60-plus years on campus as a student and then as an administrator. Gain a special perspective and “meet” some important historical figures from Cal’s fascinating past.
With more than 2.2 million specimens representing all plant groups from around the world, the herbaria hold the largest collection of their kind at a U.S. public university. The tour will reveal more about these delicately preserved specimens — from marine algae to California flowers — and many other plants of California.
Learn all about the Berkeley campus with our Mandarin-speaking student campus ambassadors over the course of an hour on Zoom. Two ambassadors will present for 40 minutes and then answer your questions. They’ll cover history, traditions, academics, housing, safety, student life, athletics, and so much more.
Learn all about the Berkeley campus with our Spanish-speaking student campus ambassadors over the course of an hour on Zoom. Two ambassadors will present for 40 minutes and then answer your questions. They’ll cover history, traditions, academics, housing, safety, student life, athletics, and so much more.
Learn all about the Berkeley campus with our student campus ambassadors over the course of an hour on Zoom. Two ambassadors take you through history, traditions, academics, housing, safety, student life, athletics, and so much more. They’ll also answer questions.
Curators Francesco Spagnolo and Shir Kochavi present observations and connections emerging from the holdings of UC Berkeley’s Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, one of the largest Jewish museum collections in the world. Throughout the series, guests will join them to explore Jewish art and culture, one object at a time. This program will feature discussions on prayers shawls, Karaite Jews, and subversive rituals with artist Nicki Green. Please register in advance through the Magnes to experience these captivating insights.
How can students strengthen their sense of belonging and community at a great big university like UC Berkeley? The Berkeley Connect program has pioneered a new approach to academic mentoring that is both effective and efficient. The benefits and impacts of the innovative Berkeley Connect model will be discussed by Professor Bree Rosenblum, Berkeley Connect faculty director; Associate Director Michele Rabkin; a graduate student who is serving as a Berkeley Connect mentor; and an undergraduate student participant. An update on how the program is adapting to remote delivery will be included.
Hear from students mentoring youth in local schools, leading students on alternative break trips to explore social justice issues, and interning in government agencies. The Public Service Center (PSC) partners with students, community members, and faculty for programs and courses that support a more just and equitable world. Through the center, students, faculty, and communities work together to promote transformative social change and grow our next generation of civic leaders. Every year, the PSC supports nearly 200 student leaders in programs that support more than 5,000 students in partnership with 250 community-based organizations.
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. Please register in advance through the Cal Alumni Association to receive the Zoom link.
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.
As the Jacobs Institute celebrates its fifth anniversary, learn how the institute has transformed hands-on education and inspired students from all across campus. Amy Dinh, student services and programs manager, and Joey Gottbrath, technical lab director, will lead the visit and Q&A session. Recent Jacobs graduate Sona Dolasia and Jacobs alum Roland Saekow will speak about their experiences at Jacobs Hall. Both Sona and Roland are part of the first Master of Design (Berkeley MDes) cohort launching in spring 2021. A link to join the Zoom meeting will be provided closer to the event. Speakers will take questions live, but attendees are welcome to submit them beforehand to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Berkeley Art Studio is hosting a virtual workshop inspired by the UC Berkeley campus landscape. This event will be led by Danny Neece, Berkeley Art Studio instructor and watercolor painter. The cost is $60 per person (alums only). Proceeds will go to ASUC Student Union programming that supports student activity and engagement. Registrants must be able to attend by Zoom via computer or phone and will receive an art box with watercolor palette, brushes, and watercolor art pad (to be mailed). Please register in advance through the Berkeley Art Studio by October 2 to ensure the art box is delivered on time. If you have any questions about this event, please email email@example.com.
Calling all kids aged 5 to 11! Join Lair of the Golden Bear staffers for a Zoom scavenger hunt! Be ready to find treasures around your home and bring them back to share with everyone on Zoom. Some adult supervision is needed for younger children. This event is free. Please register in advance through the Cal Alumni Association to receive the Zoom link.
Take a virtual tour of the campus radio station! KALX (90.7 FM) has been broadcasting for more than 55 years. See its extensive record collection housing over 115,000 pieces of music, multiple studios, and everything else KALX has to offer. KALX will host an online Q&A session to answer questions about how to become a KALX student volunteer. Please visit kalx.berkeley.edu to sign up for the tour and info session.
This exhibition explores the legacy of the early Bezalel school, an art movement in Palestine in the late Ottoman and British Mandate periods. At the turn of the 20th century under Ottoman rule, Jerusalem was rapidly developing into a center of Jewish cultural activities. The protagonists of this scene were primarily recent Eastern European Jewish immigrants. They had been inspired to move to Palestine by the emerging Zionist movement and were eager to shake off the oppressive conditions they had experienced under the Russian Empire. A link to this event will be added soon.
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.
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.
Hey preteens and teens! Join Lair of the Golden Bear staffers for a game of Quiplash! Quiplash is the hilarious online game of wits. Use your smartphone to answer funny prompts like, “something you’d be surprised to see a donkey do” or “the best way to impress an alien from Mars.” And then vote on the best answer. If you haven’t played before, don’t worry — we’ll go over the rules! This event is free to all preteens and teens. Please register in advance through the Cal Alumni Association to receive the Zoom link.
Join the Cal Alumni Association for a virtual wine tasting with John Thiel, owner and executive chef at Pappo Restaurant in Alameda, California. Registration for this event is free. Those who would like to taste along with Thiel can purchase the wines in advance. Learn more about the event and register in advance through the Cal Alumni Association.
Wake up and smell the Peet’s coffee! Join the Lair of the Golden Bear and the Cal Alumni Association at a virtual interactive coffee tasting. Jon Spevack and Emily Bollinger of Peet’s Coffee will share how buyers taste-test coffees, source beans, and how to brew a perfect cup of coffee at home. Ask them your coffee questions, too!
Please register in advance through the Cal Alumni Association.