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! 

Lecture Series: 2014-2015

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Center for Ideas and Society Lecture Series
    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.

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 including parking!  Come to the opening receptions meet and mingle with the artists; we'll provide the food and fun!

"A Feast for the Eyes" & "Philosophical Investigations" on display until March 12, 2015

"A Feast For the Eyes" -- The art of enticement and seduction through food, curated by Karen and Tony Barone. This exhibition showcases 15 artists passionately influenced by food: Linda Atkins, James Campbell, Lon Michels, Todd Olson, James Schnepf, Karen & Tony Barone, William Dey, Curt Miller, Peter Palladino, Shaktima Brien, Ron Kandt, Diane Morgan, Gary Paterson, Randall Weidner.

Special balcony gallery exhibition of drawings: "Philosophical Investigations" by Tim Townsley.

Barone art

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.

We will post information about our book selection for January soon.

Book club meets in room A206 at UCR Palm Desert. Parking is free. For more information, email Maggie Downs at

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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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