Tours & Open Houses

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

BAMPFA Virtual Homecoming Open House

10/16/20  
10/17/20  
10/18/20  

Virtually tour BAMPFA’s exhibition galleries, including the stunning, abstract quilts by African-American quiltmaker Rosie Lee Tompkins; intriguing postcolonial Indian folk art; and a new tour of the Himalayan Buddhist art installation: Divine Women, Divine Wisdom. 

Virtual Tour of BAMPFA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kK869-1JAdA&feature=youtu.be

Virtual Tour — Rosie Lee Tompkins: A Retrospective: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8NL3KAA8wQ&feature=emb_title

Edo Avant Garde: https://bampfa.org/event/edo-avant-garde

Sponsored by: 
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
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Blockeley University Tour

10/16/20  
10/17/20  
10/18/20  

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!

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CAA’s Berkelium 5K

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.

Sponsored by: 
Cal Alumni Association
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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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Now More Than Ever with Cal Performances

10/16/20  
10/17/20  
10/18/20  

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.

Watch them here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHeS7E543R0gvmkdc3R_ffIgFgrdSkfjm

Sponsored by: 
Cal Performances
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Self-Guided Campus Tour

10/16/20  
10/17/20  
10/18/20  

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!

Get the free Cal Events app at guidebook.com/g/calhomecoming2020. Once you open the app, tap the menu icon in the top left corner of the screen, and select “Self-Guided Campus Tour.”

Or, if you aren’t using the mobile app, you can enjoy one of these self-guided tours from Visitor Services: visit.berkeley.edu/campus-tours/self-guided-tours.

Sponsored by: 
Visitor Services
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The Lawrence at Home

10/16/20  
10/17/20  
10/18/20  

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!

Visit the Lawrence at Home: https://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/lawrence-at-home

Sponsored by: 
Lawrence Hall of Science
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The Van Houten History Tour

10/16/20  
10/17/20  
10/18/20  

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.

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University and Jepson Herbaria Open House and Tour

10/16/20  
10/17/20  
10/18/20  

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.

Take the tour at https://www.youtube.com/c/JepsonHerbarium/videos.

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Visit the Hearst Museum of Anthropology

10/16/20  
10/17/20  
10/18/20  

While the Hearst Museum of Anthropology’s gallery is closed, you can take advantage of online resources for all ages to stay curious and engaged at home. Share stories about how you are using these tools with the hashtags #MuseumFromHome and #HearstFromHome. The museum’s current exhibit, Cloth that Stretches: Weaving Community Across Time and Space, explores textiles and objects as sites of cultural resilience and resistance. Did you know that UC Berkeley has over 20 museums and research collections? From rare plant species to dinosaur bones to insects, Berkeley has extensive collections of art, artifacts, and biological and physical objects as well as a hands-on science center. Learn about exciting behind-the-scenes opportunities for students from staff at these institutions with Museums of Berkeley: Opportunities for Student Research, Employment, and Learning.

Explore the Hearst from Home at http://hearstmuseum.berkeley.edu/hearst-from-home.

Learn about Cloth that Stretches: Weaving Community Across Time and Space at http://hearstmuseum.berkeley.edu/exhibit/cloth-that-stretches.

Watch Museums of Berkeley: Opportunities for Student Research, Employment, and Learning at https://youtu.be/yc6oNgvyLIM.

Sponsored by: 
Hearst Museum of Anthropology
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Visit with Campus Ambassadors

10/16/20 11 a.m.12 p.m.  
10/16/20 5 p.m.6 p.m.  
10/17/20 11 a.m.12 p.m.  
10/17/20 5 p.m.6 p.m.  
10/18/20 11 a.m.12 p.m.  
10/18/20 5 p.m.6 p.m.  

Learn all about the Berkeley campus during a virtual tour 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.

Sponsored by: 
Visitor Services
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Berkeley SkyDeck: A Global Hub for Entrepreneurship

10/16/20 11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.  

Have you ever wanted to meet other ambitious people, attend a DeCal on entrepreneurship, intern for a game-changing startup, or find out how to launch your new idea? Berkeley SkyDeck offers a program for all of the above! Come join us to find out how to get involved at SkyDeck and make your time at Cal more enriching and exciting!

Speaker(s): 
Caroline Winnett M.B.A. ’90
Executive Director, Berkeley SkyDeck


Coming from a family of Cal Bears, Winnett has been focused on helping Berkeley startups accelerate their growth to reach their full market potential at Berkeley SkyDeck.

Sponsored by: 
Berkeley SkyDeck
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A Virtual Look at the Human Rights Center

10/16/20 1 p.m.2 p.m.  

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.

Sponsored by: 
Human Rights Center
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Berkeley Connect: How Mentoring Builds Sense of Belonging

10/16/20 1 p.m.2 p.m.  

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.

Sponsored by: 
Berkeley Connect
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Campus Ambassador Virtual Student Panel

10/16/20 1 p.m.2 p.m.  
10/17/20 1 p.m.2 p.m.  
10/18/20 1 p.m.2 p.m.  

Spend an hour with our student campus ambassadors on Zoom – asking them all the questions you have! They will present a realistic view of what it’s really like to be a student at Berkeley. Please note that this is not an overview of the campus, but purely students answering your questions.

Sponsored by: 
Visitor Services
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Cal in the Community: Discover Public Service at Cal

10/16/20 2 p.m.3 p.m.  

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.

Sponsored by: 
Public Service Center
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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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A Visit and Q&A with the Jacobs Institute

10/16/20 3 p.m.4 p.m.  

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.

Sponsored by: 
Jacobs Institute
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Feed the Bears

10/16/20 3 p.m.4 p.m.  

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 during a virtual tour 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 — including both new and old buildings!

Sponsored by: 
Visitor Services
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Visions of UC Berkeley in Watercolor

10/16/20 4:30 p.m.5:30 p.m.  

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 artstudio@berkeley.edu.

Join the event: https://campscui.active.com/orgs/BerkeleyArtStudio?season=2870002&session=48730216

Sponsored by: 
ASUC Student Union
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Zooming In: Conversations from the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

10/17/20  

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.

Join the event at: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJuIhK91M_76A2crRPRAWg3x32iOqCL-A

Sponsored by: 
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
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CAA Scavenger Hunt for Kids

10/17/20 10 a.m.11 a.m.  

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.

Register and join the event at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1f4eqXZHgXnts1SJf3ohnvGmZJh-Y8uYN7OAMdqROSmM/.

Sponsored by: 
Cal Alumni Association
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KALX Virtual Open House

10/17/20 11 a.m.1 p.m.  

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.

Join Here: https://www.kalx.berkeley.edu/news/kalx-virtual-open-house

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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.

Join here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/13GSNjbbNjAhtCj9upWov4gF3E-f44SIDD8ZSmNsL3mo/viewform?edit_requested=true.

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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Visit with Campus Ambassadors — Mandarin Language

10/17/20 3 p.m.4 p.m.  

Learn all about the Berkeley campus during a virtual tour 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.

与我们说中文的学生校园大使透过 Zoom 利用一个小时的线上导览来认识伯克利大学校园。两位学生大使会利用 40 分钟讲解然后回答您的问题。导览内容包含校园历史、传统、学术、住宿、安全、学生生活、体育等项目。

Sponsored by: 
Visitor Services
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Preteen/Teen Quiplash with Lair of the Golden Bear Staffers

10/17/20 4 p.m.5 p.m.  

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. 

Register here to get the Zoom link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1USpSvI3_ghgTNTK3j45FJkGYUyihRCUw3ccokaA0Fo4/viewform?edit_requested=true. 

Sponsored by: 
Cal Alumni Association
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Wine Tasting with Chef John Thiel

10/17/20 5 p.m.5:45 p.m.  

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. 

Join here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cal-alumni-association-virtual-wine-tasting-2020-tickets-117605165215

Sponsored by: 
Cal Alumni Association
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Souvenirs from Utopia: The Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem (1906–1932)

10/18/20  

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.

Join Here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmPTnL6Z

Sponsored by: 
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
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Peet’s Virtual Coffee Tasting

10/18/20 10 a.m.11 a.m.  

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!

Join the event by registering here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/14-QUYdRyb3xRvQ6C9gK8x7LzeQN3NkIykeytqPqCABU/viewform?gxids=7757&edit_requested=true

Sponsored by: 
Cal Alumni Association
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Visit with Campus Ambassadors — Spanish Language

10/18/20 3 p.m.4 p.m.  

Learn all about the Berkeley campus during a virtual tour 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.

Aprenda todo sobre el campus de Berkeley durante una visita virtual con nuestros embajadores estudiantiles en el transcurso de una hora en Zoom. Dos embajadores darán una presentación completamente en español durante los primeros 40 minutos y luego responderán sus preguntas. Cubriremos nuestra historia, tradiciones, aspectos académicos, vivienda, seguridad, vida estudiantil, atletismo y mucho más.

Sponsored by: 
Visitor Services
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