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Cal Day 2012

A huge annual festival for the public on the Berkeley campus with 300+ free events | Sat 4/21
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Cal Day 2012 is an annual festival where the entire University throws open its doors and puts on 300+ free lectures, performances, tours, concerts and more to showcase the campus, its students and the school’s programs.

All events are free and open to the public (i.e. you don’t have to be a student)

Cal Day 2012 takes place on Saturday April 21, 2012 from 9am to 4pm. The Dr. Dog concert continues until 6 pm.

  • Visit teaching labs in biology, chemistry, and cutting-edge technology
  • Hear lectures by many of Berkeley’s renowned faculty
  • Catch Golden Bear athletes in action
  • Attend dance and music performances

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Selected 2012 Cal Day Highlights

Ask The Mathematician
9 am–4 pm | Evans Hall, East entrance
A Cal Day favorite: Everything you always wanted to know about mathematics (but couldn’t find anyone to ask), now you can ask Professor George Bergman.



The Expanding Universe: An Interview With Saul Perlmutter, 2011 Nobel Laureate

11—11:45 am | 1 Pimentel Hall
The 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Berkeley Professor Saul Perlmutter “for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe through observations of distant supernovae.” Learn more about what this discovery means, the fascinating research behind the discovery, and what it’s like to win a Nobel Prize. Chancellor Birgeneau, a physicist as well, will interview Perlmutter and reveal fascinating details about the scientific process, the “eureka moment” (or moments), and the meaning of his paradigm-shifting discovery.


Robot Learning Lab: Robot Folds Laundry
10 am–1 pm| Sutardja Dai Hall, Kvamme Atrium, 3rd floor
In the Robot Learning Lab we conduct research on artificial intelligence techniques to make robots perform challenging tasks. In our demo we will showcase the first general purpose robot able to fold laundry.


Political Civility Should Not Be an Oxymoron
1–2:00 pm | 155 Dwinelle Hall
Professor Robert B. Reich, formerly of the Clinton administration and one of the nation’s leading experts on work and the economy, will discuss the state of civility in politics today.


Cal Football Practice

11–2 pm Edwards Stadium
Come check out the Golden Bears’ final practice of the spring. This special event takes place at Edwards Stadium for the first time–giving Cal Day visitors the chance to experience Cal Football. Gates open at 10 am and the practice runs from approximately 11 am-1 pm, followed by an autograph session with the team. Special appearances by Cal Spirit groups and former players happen throughout the event. Admission is free.

Free Concert
46 pm | Memorial Glade
End your day at Berkeley with a free concert by Dr. Dog.