UCR University of California Riverside


For more than a decade, UCR’s Palm Desert Center has organized hundreds of lectures, conversations, art shows, movie screenings, and other life-enhancing programs – mostly for free – all while teaching others and conducting renowned research. Our mission from the beginning has been to provide cultural and life-long learning offerings to the entire desert community. We continue to be committed to that mission. Here's what happens through our Center each year: • We curate more than 60 free public lectures in numerous academic fields, bringing together our community with the extraordinary intellectual wealth of UC Riverside’s faculty to explore, discuss, and deepen our understanding of the world around us. • We conduct environmental research in Coachella Valley locations, such as the Boyd Deep Canyon Desert Research Center, the Salton Sea, Snow Creek and other biologically diverse locations. • UCR Extension offers a wealth of certificate programs that help educate professionals in the Coachella Valley. • UCR’s nationally acclaimed low-residency MFA program in creative writing provides a springboard for emerging writers to jump-start their careers in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, television and screenwriting. A visit to the Palm Desert Center means you are supporting intellectual flights of wonder, scientific exploration, cultural examination, and artistic excellence. It means you are enhancing the intellectual vibrancy of the desert. It means that you are helping to build a community of explorers eager to cultivate knowledge and inspiration. We hope to see you soon.

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Contact Name Tamara Hedges, Executive Dirctor (760) 834-0582 - tamara.hedges@ucr.edu - Maggie Downs, Marketing Coordinator - (760) 834-0800 - maggie.downs@ucr.edu


75080 Frank Sinatra Drive
Palm Desert, CA


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