University of California, Riverside

Palm Desert Center


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 2017-2018

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.

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, Aug. 29: The Silence of the Lambs

Adapted from the novel of the same name by Thomas Harris, the film follows FBI trainee Clarice Starling as she seeks the advice of imprisoned serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter in order to apprehend another serial killer. It won Academy Awards in all the top five categories. RSVP now!

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.



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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

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