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Events and Programs at UCR Palm Desert

Enjoy the 2017-2018 academic year with great lectures, films, and programs to interest, inspire, and intrigue inquisitive minds of all ages. Most events are held in our auditorium; exceptions are indicated below. RSVPs are highly encouraged. All pre-registered guests will be seated first. 

Arts and Letters Series 2018-2019

Arts & Letters is a free series that invites the community to spend time with today's most influential authors through interviews and personal readings. Conversations are facilitated by Tod Goldberg, the program director for UCR Palm Desert's Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts. Dates will be announced soon!

City of Palm Desert Public Art Documentary Series 2019

This series of documentary screenings is a partnership between UCR Palm Desert and the City of Palm Desert's Public Art Program, featuring the fascinating stories of artists and their memorable artworks. These free movies are open to the public. 

Film selections will be announced soon! Mark your calendars now: 6 p.m. Jan. 17; 6 p.m. Feb. 21; 6 p.m. March 21; 6 p.m. April 18. 

UCR Jewish Studies Series 2018-2019

This series is presented by UCR Jewish Studies and Jewish Federation of the Desert. Each free lecture is open to the public. (Please note: The first three events will be held at UCR Palm Desert, while the fourth event will be at Jewish Federation of the Desert.)

4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6

A Very Jewish Christmas: Holiday Music of American Jews (guitar concert). RSVP now!

4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15

Friend or Foe? Exploring the Artificial Intelligence Revolution. RSVP now!

4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17

From Desert to Oasis: What Israel Can Teach the World About Water Renewal. RSVP now!

4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 9

Jews of African Descent in America 

Wild Coachella 2018-2019

This series, in partnership with Friends of the Desert Mountains, investigates the history and habitat of the Coachella Valley and beyond. Each free lecture is open to the public. 

Lecture topics will be announced soon! Mark your calendars now: 6 p.m. Nov. 7, Dec. 5, Jan. 2, Feb. 6, March 6. 

Boyd Deep Canyon lecture series 2018-2019

Facilitated by Dr. Chris Tracy, director of the UCR Boyd Deep Canyon Desert Research Center, each free presentation is designed to examine 
the world in new and surprising ways. This series is brought to you in partnership with UCR Palm Desert and The Living Desert.

Lecture topics will be announced soon! Mark your calendars now: 6 p.m.  Nov. 29, Dec. 13, Jan. 10, Feb. 14, March 14. 

UCR School of Medicine lecture series 2018-2019

This series, in partnership with UC Riverside's School of Medicine, looks at the latest research, public health policy, and medical topics relevant to residents of the Coachella Valley. 

Lecture topics will be announced soon! Mark your calendars now: 6 p.m. Nov. 14, Dec. 12, Jan. 9, Feb. 13, March 13. 

UCR Center for Ideas and Society lecture series 2019

This series is part of UCR's Center for Ideas and Society "Disciplines in Dialogue" program that engages public audiences in conversation with two academics from different disciplines, offering distinct perspectives on a single topic. 

6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16

HEALTH: Juliet McMullin (Anthropology) and Byron Ford (Biomedical Sciences, UCR School of Medicine) RSVP now!

6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20 

PEACE: Bronwyn Leebaw (Political Science) and Erith Jaffe-Berg (Theatre, Film & Digital Production) RSVP now!

6 p.m. Wednesday, March 20 

EQUALITY:  Natasha McPherson (History), Victoria Reyes (Sociology) and David Brady (School of Public Policy) RSVP now!

6 p.m. Wednesday, April 17

ANIMAL ETHICS: Katja Guenther (Gender & Sexuality Studies) and another expert. RSVP now!

Lit Flicks Summer 2018 

A page-to-screen series 
This series, in partnership with the Palm Springs International Film Society, focuses on Academy Award-winning book-to-film selections. Viewers are encouraged to read the books prior to each screening.
There will be a brief review and talk before the screening, followed by a discussion facilitated by Tod Goldberg, director of the UCR Palm Desert MFA program, cultural critic, and author of more than a dozen books.
Registration is free, but seating is limited.
6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26: No Country for Old Men
In this 2007 neo-Western thriller, violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong (and more than two million dollars in cash) near the Rio Grande. Based on the Cormac McCarthy novel of the same name, No Country for Old Men won four Academy Awards and was listed as a movie of the year by the American Film Institute. RSVP now!

Festival in the Fields

We are excited to be part of Cinema Culturas' Festival in the Fields, Oct. 25-27, a three-day film festival that seeks to represent the Hispanic community, particularly migrant workers, in the Coachella Valley, highlighting three themes: education, health, and immigration. CSUSB Palm Desert Campus will host the education theme; UCR School of Medicine will host the health theme at UCR Palm Desert Center; and College of the Desert will host the immigration theme.

Join us on Oct. 26 for a panel discussion on health, followed by a one-hour documentary, (which will begin screening at 6 p.m.)

4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26

Adios Amor is the story of a little-known but remarkable migrant mother, Maria Moreno, a tenacious woman who sacrificed everything but her 12 children to organize California's migrant farm workers 50 years ago. The one-hour documentary interweaves the filmmaker's quest to find Maria with stories and memories from California's agricultural belt, creating a work of national resonance about the migrant workers who put food on our tables, while exploring enduring questions about whose lives we remember, record, and recognize. RSVP now!

Desert Community Garden Day

8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27

A free day of gardening and landscaping fun for the whole family! Lectures, discussions, kids activities, food trucks, a plant sale, and more! Details coming soon here

Art Exhibition Opening Reception

5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1
On and Off the Street 
Street Photography is thought of as capturing subject matter in the public realm. However, in both historic and contemporary practice, images have been made in overlapping areas surrounding individual space. The distinction between public and private becomes blurred. This exhibition, featuring Inland and SoCal photographers, is an examination of that intersection. Join us for the opening reception to meet and mingle with the artists. RSVP now!


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75080 Frank Sinatra Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92211

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