Media Advisory: Campus celebrates opening of Richard C. Blum Hall

Contact: Yasmin Anwar, Media Relations
(510) 643-7944
yanwar@berkeley.edu

ATTENTION: Higher education, features, architecture and general assignment reporters, photo and TV news assignment desks

WHAT

The grand opening of Richard C. Blum Hall, the new home for the Blum Center for Developing Economies – a campus hub for anti-poverty innovation. Former U.S. Secretary of State George Schulz will deliver the keynote speech, followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tours.

The program will include presentations of the fuel-efficient Berkeley-Darfur Stove, used by refugees in Sudan, and the “Cellscope,” which uses mobile phone technology to detect such diseases as malaria and tuberculosis in remote areas.

WHEN

This Friday, Oct. 8, 2-3:30 p.m.

WHERE

Blum Hall is located on the north side of campus near the intersection of Hearst Street and Euclid Avenue. See campus map.

BACKGROUND

San Francisco financier and UC regent Richard Blum launched the Blum Center for Developing Economies at UC Berkeley in 2006 with a $15 million gift. The center’s Global Poverty and Practice program is the campus’s fastest growing minor, with nearly 500 students currently declaring it their secondary field of study. The center’s new home is a 22,000-square-foot complex comprised of the renovated Naval Architecture Building, a new three-story wing and terraces, bridges and plazas connecting the complex to the College of Engineering’s Sutardja Dai Hall.