College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Events and Announcements

November 26, 2012

Nov 28 | Van Jones: Where are we now? Where do we want to be? How can we get there?
Nov 29 | California Wildlife Festival
Nov 29 | MIT Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) Info Session
Nov 29 | Student Life in the Wilderness: Early University of California Adventures of Joseph N. Le Conte and Friends
Dec 2 - 8 | Cal Forestry Club Holiday Tree Sale

Nov 28 | Van Jones: Where are we now? Where do we want to be? How can we get there?

This year, the Board of Directors of the Mario Savio Memorial Lecture, in cooperation with the UC Berkeley Library, the Goldman School of Public Policy, the Graduate Assembly, and the Free Speech Movement Café presents:

Van Jones: Where are we now? Where do we want to be? How can we get there?

November 28th, 2012
Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center, UC Berkeley
Admission Free (tickets are required; available from 6:30pm in the lobby)

There will be a book signing following the lecture.

Named by Rolling Stone as one of “12 Leaders Who Get Things Done” and by Time Magazine as a “global environmental hero” and “one of the 100 most influential people in the world,” Van Jones served as “Special Advisor” to President Obama before being targeted by Glenn Beck. Jones is a co-founder of four thriving non-profits: Color of Change, Green for All, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and his current project, Rebuild the Dream, a pioneering initiative to restore good jobs and economic opportunity.

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Nov 29 | California Wildlife Festival

California Wildlife Festival
Thursday, November 29th, 5-8pm
David Brower Center - 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 947074
Free admission!
Sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation

Join us for an evening celebrating California’s remarkable wildlife!
Browse the wildlife fair and learn about California’s critters and the organizations working to protect them. Kids—and adults—can meet Ranger Rick and some of his animal friends. Or attend a theater presentation on current wildlife issues.

Wildlife Fair Participants:
Save the Frogs, California Wolf Center, Aquarium of the Bay, Felidae Conservation Fund, Golden Gate Cetacean Research, WildCare, Silicon Valley Latinos for the Environment and more....

Visit the Facebook Page for more information.

Nov 29 | MIT Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) Info Session

The Goldman School of Public Policy will be hosting an information session on opportunities with the MIT Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at the Goldman School on Thursday, November 29th - and the organization is very interested in meeting undergraduate-level candidates from the UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources/ARE with interests in international development, research and social policy. J-PAL is currently looking to fill internship openings and full-time positions suitable for candidates with bachelor degrees.

Please note that the deadline to RSVP for this session is Tuesday,
November 27th at 8am.

Students should RSVP by completing the J-PAL Information Session RSVP form.

Nov 29 | Student Life in the Wilderness: Early University of California Adventures of Joseph N. Le Conte and Friends

Presented by: Karen Merritt, Associate
Center for Studies in Higher Education, UC Berkeley

Thursday, November 29, 2012
12noon - 1:30pm
768 Evans Hall (map)

A wilderness? In Berkeley? That’s how the first students and faculty described what they found when South Hall and North Hall were finally opened for instruction in 1874. How did men and women students experience the University at the end of the 19th century? What were their favorite courses and what did they hate? What was life like outside the classroom and what lessons did extracurricular life teach?

No one could answer these questions better than Joseph Nisbet Le Conte, son of the third faculty member hired by the University. From age 4 to through graduation from the mechanical engineering program in 1891 through a faculty career that ended with his retirement in 1937, Le Conte literally grew up with the University of California, never farther than ten minutes away from South and North Halls. And what better person than an engineer to anchor leadership of the Sierra Club from its founding in 1891 until the 1940’s?

This presentation will reveal early Berkeley in Le Conte’s own words, drawn from his memoir, diaries and his brief history of the infant mechanical engineering program, illustrated with contemporary photos, including some made by Le Conte himself. His best childhood friend, Charles Palache, also left a sketch of their college years together. And to recreate the experience of early women students, the presentation will take a look at Le Conte’s sister, Carrie, who preceded Le Conte as a University student by seven years, in the company of her best friend and Le Conte’s future wife, Helen Gompertz. The college yearbook, Blue and Gold, provides provocative clues to what the eleven years from 1880-1891 held for University women and men. The presentation will also argue that California’s wilderness world, so energetically enjoyed by Le Conte’s family and circle, framed a culture of environmental activism that helped define Berkeley and that continues to thrive in the twenty-first century.

Before retirement, Karen Merritt held academic planning positions at UC Merced and the UC Office of the President. She is co-editor of From Rangeland to Research University: The Birth of University of California, Merced. An Associate of the Center for Studies in Higher Education, she is working on a book about the early interconnections among the University of California, Sierra Club and National Park Service.

Event sponsored by the Center for Studies in Higher Education

Dec 2 - 8 | Cal Forestry Club Holiday Tree Sale

Cal Forestry Club's most anticipated event of the year is just around the corner!! From Sunday, December 2 - Saturday, December 8, we will be selling hand-selected, sustainably harvested trees from the Sierra Nevada! Proceeds will help the Forestry Club send students to the Society of American Foresters convention in Charleston, South Carolina next year. We will also have custom made wreaths and ornaments available! Please email with any pre-orders (mention size, species, etc) and thanks in advance for your support!!