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Events and Programs at UCR Palm Desert

Enjoy the 2015-2016 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. RSVP's are highly encouraged. All pre-registered guests will be seated first.


Arts & Letters Lecture Series

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. Co-sponsored by Omni Resorts Rancho Las Palmas.

Dyer Books 16:30pm Thursday, May 5: An Evening with Geoff Dyer
Geoff Dyer, hailed as one of the funniest writers alive, is the author of four novels and seven books of nonfiction, including "But Beautiful," awarded the Somerset Maugham Prize, "Out of Sheer Rage," a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, and "Otherwise Known as the Human Condition," which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was a New York Times Top 10 Book of the Year. His latest, "White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World," will be released in May 2016.

A book signing will immediately follow the discussion and bookseller will be available on site. RSVP

Art Show

Our quarterly art exhibitions feature diverse, challenging, exciting works from artists all over the region. Each show kicks off with an opening reception, which is always free and open to the public. Show up to meet and mingle with the artists; we’ll provide the food and fun!
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Palm Springs Unified School District: Showcase Art Exhibition
Don't miss our final art exhibition opening reception of the season! We're showing off the incredible work from Palm Springs Unified School District, curated by Louisa Castrodale. Large scale installations of 2D and 3D works, photography, ceramics and pen and ink produced by Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs, Mount San Jacinto, Palm Springs, and Rancho Mirage High Schools will be on display.

5:30 pm, Wednesday, May 4: Opening reception!
Mix and mingle with the next generation of artists, enjoy refreshments, soak in the artwork, and leave feeling inspired.

RSVP

Art will be on display in the lobby outside our auditorium from May 3-June 17. If you miss the opening reception and would like to view the art, please come 30 minutes before any of our scheduled events listed on this page or call 760.834.0800 to make arrangements.

UCR Book Club

Our monthly book club meetings are free and open to every adult in the community. Genres will change every month, and there is no obligation -- just come whenever a book strikes your fancy! Meetings are facilitated by our Master of Fine Arts creative writing program students. Join us for a lively, educational chat about books in a fun, casual atmosphere. Book club meets in room A206 at UCR Palm Desert. Parking is free. For more information including books that will be discussed, email Maggie Downs at maggie.downs@ucr.edu.

Previous Events and Programs 2015-2016

Read about some of the lectures, films, and events that were held at UCR Palm Desert earlier this academic year. We update our website when we schedule new events and programs. Check back in Fall 2016 when we will update many of the following series.

  • Agua Caliente Cultural Museum Voices of Culture Series
    UCR Palm Desert is proud to partner with the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum on a variety of lectures, panel discussions, and performances focusing on aspects of Native American history and culture of tribes in the Coachella Valley and other parts of the western United States.
  • Boyd Deep Canyon Lecture Series
    Facilitated by Dr. Allan Muth, director, UCR Boyd Deep Canyon Desert Research Center, in partnership with The Living Desert.
  • Ideas and Society
    The Center for Ideas and Society is an interdisciplinary research center dedicated to advancing humanistic studies and creativity at UC Riverside. The Center’s fellowships, research workshops and public events strengthen the intellectual and creative life of the university. The Center is committed to disseminating the results of its programs to the Riverside community and beyond. We were proud to engage the community with two series this academic year: LGBT Lecture Series and Health, Hope & Humanities Series-Learning to Live Well.
  • UCR Living Green Series
    Who said it wasn't easy being green? Learn how to improve your environment, health and quality of life with our new lecture series, Living Green! Our eco-experts will take a look at the issues that face our community and discuss solutions to ensure that the needs of people and environment are met in the present -- and long into the future. Our partner for this series year was Friends of the Desert Mountains.

  • Money Matters
    A unique series of workshops on financial wellness sponsored by UCR Osher and UCR Office of Gift Planning. The workshops provide information on issues and topics that can help improve your financial health. The series is FREE to Osher members and features professionals and experts from the legal, accounting and financial planning fields. About Osher: Since 2003, UCR Extension's Osher has provided a stimulating learning experience at a modest cost that enriches the intellectual, social, and cultural lives of people over the age of 50.
  • Native American Lecture Series
    This series is in partnership with UCR California Center for Native Nations.
  • Palm Desert Art Documentaries Film Series
    In partnership with the City of Palm Desert Public Art Department, this series features many memorable community works from all over the globe. These free movies are screened on the third Thursday of the month at 6 pm and are open to the public. Check back in Fall 2016 when we will post our new schedule!
  • Tuesdays with Spirit and Soul
    UCR Osher Lifelong Learning and UCR Palm Desert Center presented the second season of Tuesdays With Spirit and Soul, a documentary film series and symposium designed to start mindful conversations, exploring the concepts of empowerment, challenge cultural norms, and cultivate a more meaningful, authentic life. 
    • Conscious Living and Aging - An Intergenrational Symposium: Thought-provoking speakers, including internationally acclaimed spiritual author and lecturer Marianne Williamson, dynamic, energetic panels, and engaging, and at times, revealing group and individual exercises.
  • Science Lecture Series
    UCR Palm Desert was proud to partner with the UCR College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences to bring you the Spring 2016 Science Lecture Series. The theme for this year's series was: "Sustainability in a Time of Rapid Change: The Future of Earth, Life and Humanity."

    UC Global Food Series
    The University of California Global Food Initiative addresses one of the critical issues of our time: how to sustainably and nutritiously feed a world population expected to reach eight billion by 2025. The initiative aligns the university’s research, outreach and operations in a sustained effort to develop, demonstrate and export solutions — throughout California, the United States and the world — for food security, health and sustainability. This series was presented via a partnership between UC Riverside and Hidden Harvest.

  • Special Events
    Read about the special events we enjoyed this academic year at UCR Palm Desert in addition to the programs featured in our series listed above.

Read about our 2014-2015 events!

 

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University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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UCR Palm Desert Center
75080 Frank Sinatra Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92211

Tel: (760) 834-0800
Fax: (760) 834-0796
E-mail: palmdesert@ucr.edu

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