The Lair of the Golden Bear is honored to have esteemed members of the Cal community, including distinguished professors and faculty members, speak at each of our week-long sessions.
Talks are given at evening campfires, with two speakers each week. Parents can drop their kids off at their age group activities on Sunday and Tuesday nights, then enjoy our speakers’ presentations on topics ranging from Berkeley’s search for extra-terrestrials to STEM equity and inclusion at Cal.
2017 Speaker Schedule
- Week 2: Chris Carpenter and Dan Garcia
Doctor of Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital
Topic: My Time in Haiti
Professor of Computer Science, UC Berkeley
Topic: Transforming High School Computer Science: The Beauty and Joy of Computing (BJC)
- Week 3: Terry Taylor and Kia Afcari
Haas School of Business
Topic: Ultimate Customer Service
Change agent, facilitator, and consultant focused on organizational culture, learning, and organizational change.
Topic: Increasing Collaboration at UC, at Home, and in Your Organization
- Week 4: Dan Kammen and Munis Faruqui
Professor of Energy, UC Berkeley
Topic: It’s Not Easy Being Green (but it’s Easier in California)
Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley
Topic: Will the Real Marco Polo Please Stand Up
- Week 5: Alex Filippenko and Shaila R Kotadia
Professor of Astronomy, UC Berkeley
Topic: Exploding Stars and New Planets and Black Holes, Oh My! Frontier Research at UC’s Lick Observatory
Division of Equity and Inclusion, UC Berkeley
Topic: STEM Equity & Inclusion Initiative
- Week 6: Brandon Collins and Bob Jacobsen
UC Berkeley Center for Fire Research and Outreach
Topic: Large Wildfires in Sierra Nevada Forests: How Did We Get Here and What Can We Do?
Professor of Physics UC Berkeley
Topic: Cal in this Century: What Does it Take to be Comprehensively Excellent
- Week 7: Paul Espinas and Dan Werthimer
Pediatrician at Kaiser Permanente
Topic: Wild at Heart: The Crucial Relationship Between Your Health and Nature
SETI Project Director
Topic: Berkeley’s Search for ET with Help from Eight Million Volunteers
- Week 8: Dan Mogulof and Julie Kerekes
Executive Director of the Office of Public Affairs
Topic: Campus Confidential: True Confessions about Mayhem, Messaging and the Media at Cal
- Week 9: Evan Variano and Phil Ting
Professor, Environmental Fluid Mechanics, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Topic: Chaos, Flow, and the CampfireTBD
California State Assemblyman, District 19
Topic: California State Politics in the Age of Trump
- Week 10: Nathan Brostrom and Rob York
Executive VP, University of California Office of the President Building
Topic: A Sustainable Financial Model for UC
Professor of Forestry UC Berkeley
Topic: Sierra Nevada Forests: A Song of Water and Fire
- Women’s Wellness Weekend
After graduating from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Tia went to work as a background painter at Disney Animation, and worked on Tron, Little Mermaid, Beauty & the Beast, and Aladdin, among others. She began working as an “imperfectionist” at Pixar in 1993, and worked on Toy Story, Toy Story 2, A Bug’s Life, Monsters, Inc., Cars, and Brave.
Topic: How Do They Do It?
Janet Napolitano at the Lair 2016
Week 7 campers enjoyed a special guest appearance by Janet Napolitano, 20th president of the University of California. See photos and video from her visit.