Don’t miss the final events this season

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To everything, there is a season. And our spring calendar of events is winding to a close at UCR Palm Desert. But before you leave for your summer vacation, help us end the season in style. Make sure to check out our lectures, a film screening, and an art exhibition opening reception, all FREE!

Living Green series
“Breaking Point” film screening

6 p.m. Thursday, April 28

An environmental disaster of epic proportions is fast approaching. The receding Salton Sea introduces a toxic mix of fine dust and chemicals to the air, threatening the health of millions. This screening of Breaking Point will show where we stand and what can be done.
After the film screening, film director/producer Bill Wisneskiand Assistant Secretary for the Salton Sea Policy Bruce Wilox and Executive Director for the Salton Sea AuthorityPhil Rosentrater will be available for a panel discussion and Q & A. In partnership with Friends of the Desert Mountains.
Science Lecture Series
UCR College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences
Professor of Chemistry Christopher Bardeen   
Catching Rays: Solar Energy for Today and Tomorrow


6 p.m. Tuesday, May 3
In the space of a few hours, the sun supplies enough energy to the earth to power human civilization for an entire year. Over the last one billion years, a small fraction of this energy has been converted by living organisms into carbon-based fossil fuels. The rapid depletion of this solar energy “savings account” is now leading to a rise in CO2 levels and potentially catastrophic global warming. The challenge for today’s society is to harness the effectively limitless energy coming from the sun so that it can be used by humans in a sustainable manner.
In this talk, Professor Bardeen will give an overview of how light (photons) coming from the sun can be converted to electrical energy. The current status of photovoltaic solar energy conversion systems will be reviewed, with an emphasis on energy efficiency and cost. We will discuss new approaches to raise photovoltaic efficiencies and lower the overall cost of solar energy, based on scientific discoveries being made at institutions like UC Riverside. We conclude that it is possible for solar energy to supply 100 percent of humanity’s energy needs within several decades.
Arts & Letters author lecture series
An evening with Geoff Dyer    

6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5
Geoff Dyer, hailed as one of the funniest writers alive, is the author of four novels and seven books of nonfiction, including “But Beautiful,” awarded the Somerset Maugham Prize, “Out of Sheer Rage,” a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, and “Otherwise Known as the Human Condition,” which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was a New York Times Top 10 Book of the Year. His latest, “White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World,” will be released in May 2016.
A book signing will immediately follow the discussion and bookseller will be available on site.
Arts & Letters is a free series that invites the community to spend time with today’s most influential authors through interviews and personal readings. Conversations are facilitated by Tod Goldberg, the program director for UCR Palm Desert’s Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts. Co-sponsored by Omni Resorts Rancho Las Palmas.
Art exhibition opening reception
Palm Springs Unified School District art show
5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 4
Get a peek at the next generation of innovative artwork during this showcase from the Palm Springs Unified School District, featuring some of their most outstanding high school artwork. Curated by Louisa Castrodale.
Miss this, and you’ll be missing a great time! Mix and mingle with the artists, enjoy refreshments, fun, and some incredible young talent.
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