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Events and Activities at UCR Palm Desert

Stay tuned for more of our exciting 2015-16 academic year line-up with great lectures, films, and programs to interest, inspire, and intrigue inquisitive minds of all ages. To read about our events from 2014-2015, CLICK HERE!

Hot fun in the Summertime!

Lit Flicks: Short(er) Stories

Escape the heat, grab some of our delicious popcorn, kick back and chill out with UCR Palm Desert's summer movie series, Lit Flicks, films based on literary works. Our fourth summer season features movies based on short literary works, from novellas to a collection of stories. Each FREE screening will be followed by a fascinating conversation with UCR Palm Desert Master of Fine Arts Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts director Tod Goldberg and other UCR faculty film and literary experts.

  • Thursday, September 17 6:30 p.m.  Jesus' Son: A 1999 drama, adapted from a collection of short stories by Denis Johnson, which follows the exploits of a troubled, young heroin addict in rural American.  RSVP here
 Breakfast at Tiffany s  stand by me  Jesus Son


Lit Flicks: Short(er) Stories

  • Wednesday, August 19  Stand By Me: The story of four boys who go on a hike across the countryside looking for the dead body of a missing child. Based on Stephen King's novella "The Body."  
  • Wednesday, July 15  Breakfast at Tiffany's: This 1961 romantic comedy, based on the novella by Truman Capote, gave us Holly Golightly, "Moon River" and Audrey Hepburn in the ultimate little black Givenchy dress.

Other summer events:

  • June 13, 2015 Film Screening: Ride With Larry & Q&A with co-director Ricardo Villareal
    Larry doesn’t just live with Parkinson’s. He rises above it. After a 20-year battle with Parkinson’s, Larry has exhausted every conventional method of treatment, every drug, and even brain surgery. Refusing to give up, he seeks alternatives, discovering the untapped benefits of exercise and medical marijuana. Now Larry will attempt the unthinkable, a 300-mile bike ride across South Dakota, a journey of hope for anyone facing a life altering illness. In this intimate portrait of courage, love, and community, Larry Smith refuses to give up, proving that if you love life, you’ll fight for it. The screening was co-sponsored by the UC Riverside School of Medicine Center for Healthy Communities and CinemaCulturas (

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


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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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