Media Advisory: Cal Day 2016, campus’s annual open house

T rex on Cal Day

T. rex skeleton at the Valley Life Sciences Building. (UC Berkeley photo by Kevin Ho Nguyen)

ATTENTION: Weekend, photo and features desks

NOTE: Excellent visual and audio opportunities for broadcast media

WHAT: Highlights of 2016 Cal Day, UC Berkeley’s annual open house that draws some 40,000 visitors to the campus, will include:

  • Presidential campaign 2016 panel discussion with Berkeley experts, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Berkeley Talks: Jaron Lanier in conversation with Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, 3 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Concerts featuring the broken, 200-ton Russian “Tsar Bell,” through sound recreated by a Berkeley-Stanford research team, 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. for 15 minutes
  • Arts and design tour with Professor Shannon Jackson, Berkeley’s new associate vice chancellor for Art and Design, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Reading and talk by author Joyce Carol Oates, 2 to 3 p.m.
  • Screening of KQED’s “Deep Look” series, 2 to 3 p.m.
  • Performance by indie rock band Built to Spill follows Cal Day at 4 p.m.

WHEN: From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 16.

WHERE: The entire UC Berkeley campus. See map at

DETAILS: Cal Day offers more than 400 free lectures, demonstrations, tours and performances across campus, from its museums and academic departments to its athletic venues and bustling plazas.

Members of the media interested in events involving the Tsar Bell, which broke in 1732 and has been on display in the Kremlin ever since, can do stories Friday or Saturday, as concerts featuring the bell and Berkeley’s 61-bell carillon will take place beginning at noon both days. Researchers are available for interviews. More information is at