About Discover Cal

What is Discover Cal?

Discover Cal is a traveling lecture series that brings UC Berkeley’s distinguished faculty to the extended Cal family for compelling lectures in an informal setting.

Who is invited?

Alumni, parents, and friends are welcome to join members of the Charter Hill Society, Benjamin Ide Wheeler Society, Reunion Committees, and Cal Parents volunteers at Discover Cal events.

Who produces it?

The lecture series is brought to you by University Development and Alumni Relations at Berkeley.

May I suggest future topics?

Yes! Please use the contact form on this page to submit your suggestions.

How can I make a gift to Cal?

You can make a gift through the Give to Berkeley website.


Can I sign up now and pay later?

The $25 advance registration fee is due at the time of registration. Payment by credit card via online registration is preferred. If you have questions about other methods of advance payment, contact us at events1@berkeley.edu or 888.UNIV.CAL (888.864.8225).

Is there a limit to the number of friends for whom I can purchase tickets? Do they have to be Cal parents and/or alumni?

There is no limit on the number of guests, provided there is availability. Guests do not have to be Cal parents and/or alumni.

My guest can no longer attend. May I bring a different guest?

Yes. Please contact us at events1@berkeley.edu or 888.UNIV.CAL (888.864.8225) to update your guest’s name as soon as possible.

Can I get a refund?

Refunds are available up to one week before the event. We are unable to issue refunds requested less than one week prior to the event.

Can I register at the door?

If there is space available, you may register on-site. The fee to do so is $30 and can be paid by credit card only.

Venue Information

How do I find directions to the venue and where do I park?

Visit the individual event information page (e.g. Los Angeles or New York) and click on the venue for directions. Parking information will be noted below the venue information; please note that parking is not typically included in the ticket price.


Should I eat before arriving?

There will be light fare and a cash bar at the pre-lecture reception.

What should I wear?

The recommended attire for Discover Cal events is business casual.