University of California, Riverside

Palm Desert Center


Events and Activities at UCR Palm Desert

Join us for another fun-filled season of learning, lectures, art exhibitions and our MFA student-led book club! 

Upcoming Lecture series 2013-2014

  • Living Green Lecture Series
    UCR Palm Desert is proud to bring a lecture series to the Coachella Valley with the purpose of educating, informing, and inspiring our community to improve our environment, health, and overall quality of life.

Art exhibitions

  • 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!

UCR Palm Desert 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.
Next meeting: May 13, 2014 at 7 p.m., "A Tale for the Time Being" by Ruth Ozeki

In Tokyo, 16-year-old Nao has decided there's only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates' bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao plans to document the life of her great-grandmother in a diary. Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox—possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao's drama, and forward into her own future.

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, this work was called "an exquisite novel: funny, tragic, hard-edged and ethereal at once" by David Ulin of the Los Angeles Times.

Join us for a laid-back conversation! Book club meets in room 206A at UCR Palm Desert. Parking is free. For more information about our book club, please email Maggie Downs at

Completed Lecture Series: 2013-2014 Academic Year

Check back soon for a full listing of 2014-2015 lecture dates and details.
  • Arts and Letters Author Series
    This series invites the public to spend time with some of today's influential authors through interviews and personal readings. Conversations are facilitated by Tod Goldberg, program director, UCR Palm Desert Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts.
  • UCR Boyd Deep Canyon Lecture Series
    Take an up-close look at the natural world through these lectures, facilitated by Dr. Allan Muth, director of the Boyd Deep Canyon Desert Research Center, University of California, Riverside. This series is a partnership between UCR Palm Desert and The Living Desert. Lectures are free and open to the public.
  • Lit Flicks 3.0: Science Fiction
    Tired of traversing the galaxy for something fun to do? Geek out with us for another season of Lit Flicks, our popular film series that showcases great movies based on great books. The third season of Lit Flicks features three dystopian classics, exploring the idea that we don't always live long and prosper.
  • Palm Desert Art Documentary Series
    This series, presented in partnership between UCR Palm Desert and the City of Palm Desert Public Art Department, features many memorable community works from all over the globe. Free and open to the public.
  • Graduate School of Education Lecture Series (2012-2013)
    This series, presented by the Graduate School of Education, contains a little something for everyone: Analysis of racial and social class disparities in education, a discussion of California higher education, information about autism in your community and more. All of these lectures are free and open to the public.

  • Center for Ideas and Society Lecture Series (2012-2013)
    A lecture series brought to you by the Center for Ideas and Society, an interdisciplinary research center dedicated to advancing humanistic studies and creativity at UC Riverside. These rich and fascinating lectures illuminate the ways in which human beings create and explore a distinctly human life.

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General Campus Information

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

Department Information

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

Tel: (760) 834-0800
Fax: (760) 834-0796

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