Events

A new exhibit, Bearing Light: Berkeley at 150, is filling The Bancroft Library’s second-floor corridor with rare photographs, documents, illustrations, and more. Focusing on the bold characters and spirit that define Berkeley’s story, the exhibit highlights the evolution of our symbol, the golden bear, Berkeley’s architectural beginnings, and the genesis of the university, among other themes. Bearing Light is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Feb. 1, 2019. 

Homecoming is UC Berkeley’s largest annual weekend gathering welcoming thousands of people to campus. Festivities include alumni parties, family events, the Bear Affair Tailgate BBQ, tours and open houses, the Homecoming football game, lectures, spirit events, and more. This year will bring Berkeley’s 150th birthday to the forefront — not to miss for those celebrating a reunion or for new parents whose children have begun their college journey during this historic year. Registration opens in July. Details coming soon.  

Delving deeper than belabored stats and quippy slogans, this lecture will cover defining moments in Berkeley’s illustrious history that have shaped its unique student life and stellar academics. From Founders’ Rock and the original 12 graduates, Cal football to free speech, and Sather Tower to the Stanford Axe, dive into what it means to be a Golden Bear! Presented by Hanna Hitchcock, director of traditions for the UC Rally Committee. Note: This event is part of Reunion and Parents Weekend at Homecoming, and registration is required. Purchase the Class Pass for $25 to receive unlimited access to lectures, tours, open houses, and other amenities. Additional individual events offered throughout the weekend range in price. Explore all of the festivities at homecoming.berkeley.edu

Engineering alumni, students, parents, and friends are invited to join us for refreshments and informal conversation with our deans, faculty, and fellow members of the Berkeley Engineering community. Explore interactive displays and archival images highlighting the college’s 150 years of innovation. Create your own souvenir at the Engineering 150 photo booth. Note: This event is part of Reunion and Parents Weekend at Homecoming, and registration is required. Purchase the Class Pass for $25 to receive unlimited access to lectures, tours, open houses, and other amenities. Additional individual events offered throughout the weekend range in price. Explore all of the festivities at homecoming.berkeley.edu.

For 150 years Berkeley engineers have reimagined the world, invented the future, and reshaped the possible. What will the next 150 years bring? Join Tsu-Jae King Liu, our new Engineering dean, and fellow faculty leaders to hear how they are continuing Berkeley’s tradition of excellence in service to society. Note: This event is part of Reunion and Parents Weekend at Homecoming, and registration is required. Purchase the Class Pass for $25 to receive unlimited access to lectures, tours, open houses, and other amenities. Additional individual events offered throughout the weekend range in price. Explore all of the festivities at homecoming.berkeley.edu.

Will robots replace workers? Is Big Data the new Big Brother? As the fields of artificial intelligence and data science flourish, they raise questions about how this new era of intelligent tools might help — or hinder — our future human society. Join Henry E. Brady, Dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy, and Ken Goldberg, the William S. Floyd Distinguished Chair of Engineering, as they discuss the impacts and implications of these fast-growing fields.

The data revolution is opening a new era in society, science, and human life, and Berkeley is at the forefront of this big data boom. Join Interim Dean of Data Sciences David Culler, fellow faculty, and student ambassadors for a panel exploring how data and analytics are transforming the university — and the world beyond. From technologies that are changing how science is done and its implications and ethics, to empowering research and driving social change, Berkeley is leading the way in this increasingly connected century.

Chosen as this year’s freshman read at UC Berkeley, The Handmaid’s Tale continues to endure as one of the most trenchant feminist novels of the 20th century. Part speculative fiction, part cautionary tale, it has recently been adapted into an acclaimed television series. Join English professor Katherine Snyder, who is teaching a seminar on the book this fall, as she discusses why the characters, themes, and ideas still resonate after 33 years, and what that says about our culture and society.

Part of several events in Shanghai marking Berkeley’s 150th birthday, the academic forum will offer five panels featuring some of Berkeley’s brightest minds on the most promising innovations in entrepreneurship, artificial intelligence, U.S.–China trade relations, biomedicine, and clean energy. Among the stellar lineup are College of Engineering dean Tsu-Jae King Liu, Graduate School of Journalism dean emeritus Orville Schell, bioengineering professor Amy Herr, and business professor Catherine Wolfram. 

Part of several events in Shanghai marking Berkeley’s 150th birthday, this black-tie reception and gala dinner will feature Chancellor Carol T. Christ, College of Engineering Dean Tsu-Jae King Liu, and entertainment by the Cal Dance Team, Oski, and others.

From flash mobs to the Arab Spring, the digital world creates crowds both virtual and real. But data, too, has a real component. That “cloud” has earthbound roots through cables and data centers — not just in Silicon Valley but in rural America. Are these communities any more connected than their urban counterparts? Are they part of the digital crowd? Join anthropology professor Cori Hayden and Jenna Burrell, associate professor in the School of Information, for a lively discussion about the (digital) ties that bind us.

We’re bringing Berkeley 150 to the Big Game — the much-anticipated annual face-off between the Golden Bears and our rival football team, the Stanford Cardinal. Don’t miss the last formal chance in 2018 to wish Cal a happy birthday. In the exciting week leading up to the game, participate in a cable car rally in San Francisco, “Get the red out” t-shirt exchange, bonfire rally, and more. Game time to be announced.