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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.

6 p.m. May 2, 2018: Ivy Pochoda
  • Ivy Pochoda is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Visitation Street, chosen as an Amazon Best Book of the Month, Amazon Best Book of 2013, and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her writing has appeared in The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalThe Los Angeles Review of BooksThe Huffington PostSelf, and House & Garden. Her first novel The Art of Disappearing, was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2009. She has a BA from Harvard College in Classical Greek and an MFA from Bennington College in fiction. RSVP now! 

Palm Springs International Film Society

6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 26

Don't miss this screening of "Signature Move," a coming-of-age Muslim melodrama. This is the directorial debut ShortFest alumna Jennifer Reeder, as well as the first feature film of Lisa Donato and Fawzia Mirza, also both ShortFest alumni. RSVP now! 

Art Exhibition 


This exhibition is a unique collaboration between the University of California, Riverside-Palm Desert Center and Palm Springs Art Museum Artists Council, one of the largest exhibitions of local, living artists in the Coachella Valley. This large-scale exhibition, "Artistic Expressions," features artists council members and UCR art students and is designed to engage, educate, and enlighten the community in the Coachella Valley. 

Artistic Expressions will be on display March 1 to April 29

UCR Center for Ideas and Society lecture series 2018 

This free lecture series is part of UCR's Center for Ideas and Society Disciplines in Dialogue program that engages public audiences in conversation with two academics from different disciplines, offering distinct perspectives on a single topic. 

6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17:  Electing Leaders 
  • Discussing risks inherent in the democratic process will be Shaun Bowler (political science) and Alec Haskell (history). THIS LECTURE HAS BEEN POSTPONED. PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR THE NEW DATE.

Science lecture series: Are We Playing God? 

Join the UCR College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences for discussions about CRISPR-Cas9, a genome editing tool that is creating a buzz in the science world. It is faster, cheaper and more accurate than previous techniques and has a wide range of potential applications, as well as challenges. All lectures are free. 

Science: LEGO, Language, and the Life of Bacteria
6 p.m. April 24

Ansel Hsiao, assistant professor of microbiology, will elucidate the role played by gene editing in regards to bacteria. RSVP now!





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University of California, Riverside
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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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