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Palm Desert Center


Events and Programs at UCR Palm Desert

Enjoy the 2016-2017 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.

Lit Flicks are back!

Join us for another season of Lit Flicks, our movie series of films adapted from other written works. For our summer/fall 2016 season, we're examining lies in their many forms, including the good, the bad, and the sparkly ones, too.

This season also has a fun twist: All of the movies are based on feature articles, not books, so it's easy for everyone to join in and read the works that inspired these films. Post-movie discussion will be moderated by author and critic Tod Goldberg.

SHATTERED GLASS:   6 p.m. Wednesday, September 14

  • The true story of Stephen Glass, a young reporter at The New Republic who concocted sources, quotes and even entire stories in one of the largest frauds in modern journalism.
  • RSVP now!

SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER:   6 p.m. Wednesday, October 12

    • Tony's weekend dancing helps him forget the realities of his life: a dead-end job, clashes with his parents, racial tension in the local community, and his associations with a gang of macho friends.
    • RSVP now!

ARGO:   6 p.m. Wednesday, August 17

  • Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980.
  • Read the 2007 Wired article that inspired the movie here.

Art Exhibition Opening Reception

Animal Magnetism: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20

Don't miss the opening reception for Animal Magnetism, a show featuring 11 Coachella Valley artists under the influence of animal magnetism in every form. Featured artists include William Dey, Tim Townsley, Curt Miller, Sofia Enriquez, Arslane Merabet, James Schnepf, Diane Morgan, Peter Palladino, Nalani Hernandez-Melo, Gary Kott, Karen & Tony Barone. Light refreshments will be served. Curated by Karen & Tony Barone.

RSVP here.


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

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.

            Spend time with some of today's most influential authors through interviews and personal readings.
  • 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

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