Campus Opens its Doors on Cal Day, April 17, for Day of Learning and Fun
By Jacqueline Frost, Public Affairs
Among the special events at this popular family event will be an address by Dr. Mamphela Aletta Ramphele, Cal Day's featured speaker. Ramphele is the first black person and the first woman to become president of the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She also is South Africa's first black woman vice chancellor.
Cal Day also will provide programs for new and prospective students including tours of residence halls, lectures on admissions and presentations by campus schools and colleges.
Cal Day runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Last year, it attracted more than 30,000 visitors from the Bay Area and beyond.
T. rex and other fossils will be on display at the Museum of Paleontology, where faculty and staff will give behind-the-scenes tours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Visitors can search for fossils at a mock excavation site at the Valley Life Science Building at 9 a.m.
On a smaller scale, children will learn about the tiny parts of a cell while using food to make their own cell models on the Morgan Hall patio from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Across campus, the UC Berkeley Art Museum is showing "When Time Began to Rant and Rage: Figurative Painting from Twentieth-Century Ireland," an exhibit exploring the intersection of Irish nationalism and political identity. In the museum garden, storytellers, musicians and Irish step dancers will perform.
Young "Mulan" fans can meet the author, Robert San Souci, at the 8th Annual Celebration of Children's Literature at Tolman Hall. The day-long event includes book signings by leading authors and illustrators, a workshop on how to break into the field of children's literature and a concert for kids by folk singer Jose-Luis Orozco.
Campus guests can write down their Cal Day experiences, sit for a photograph and then see their own pages created on the World Wide Web from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the School of Information & Management Systems' computer lab in South Hall.
Under the direction of David Milnes, the University Symphony Orchestra will perform Beethoven's Symphony #5 at 11 a.m. in Hertz Concert Hall.
The agile will delight in scaling the climbing wall at the Recreational Sports Facility from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
For those who would rather watch than participate in athletics, Cal's football team, the Golden Bears, will hold an inter-squad scrimmage from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Memorial Stadium.
A number of Berkeley's renowned faculty members will step up to the lectern on Cal Day. A sampling of the lectures includes: "Einstein's Biggest Blunder? Evidence for Cosmic Antigravity" by astronomy professor Alex Filippenko at 10 a.m. in Pimental Hall; "Is Anybody Out There? The Search for Extraterrestrial Civilizations," by Dan Werthimer of the Space Sciences Laboratory, at 1 p.m. in Pimentel Hall; and "The Chair: Rethinking Culture, Body and Design," by architecture professor Galen Cranz, who will trace the history and politics of the chair.
Several visiting authors and scholars also will give addresses.
Ramphele, from South Africa, has authored "Across Boundaries: The Journey of a South African Woman Leader," her autobiography, and will discuss her life and work at 10 a.m. in Wheeler Auditorium.
Amy Tan, author of the best-selling novels "Joy Luck Club," "The Kitchen God's Wife" and "The Hundred Secret Senses" will speak in Wheeler at 2:30 p.m.
Tours of campus schools, departments, libraries, sports facilities and grounds will be available throughout the day. Choose a leisurely one-hour walk through the campus with a student guide well-versed in campus history, architecture, traditions and student life. Check at the Dwinelle Plaza Tour Table for more details. Or board a cable car for a 30-minute tour around campus and exit at any stop.
For information, visit the Cal Day website at www.berkeley.edu/calday/.