Students reveal their favorite Berkeley Connect moments

Professor Katherine Snyder, faculty director of Berkeley Connect in English, came up with the idea of scavenger hunts as a fun way for students to explore resources available to them on and around campus. Her brainstorm was a huge hit! Fabiola Vazquez (pictured at right) says: “The library scavenger hunt has to be one of … Continue Reading »

Exploring the Treasures of the Bancroft Library

Recently, the Bancroft Library here on the Cal campus held an open day for multiple Berkeley Connect programs to view some of the amazing items in the library’s collection that can’t be checked out by anyone. Students had the opportunity to examine volumes by some of the most influential authors in history. The Bancroft is … Continue Reading »

An Outdoor Education

Do you think of learning as an activity primarily done indoors, in a generic classroom with uncomfortable chairs? A recent Berkeley Connect Social Welfare field trip shattered that stereotype. Students got a breath of fresh air as they walked around the Berkeley Botanical Garden in the hills above campus, enjoying the amazing variety of plants … Continue Reading »

Experiencing History at the Bancroft Library

Consumed by our present reality, it can be difficult to imagine history as anything but words and dates: abstract notions of the past. History majors, however, seek to bridge the gap between past and present. Recently, the faculty for Berkeley Connect History facilitated this discovery process by bringing students to the Bancroft Library. Located at … Continue Reading »

Hands-on in the Hearst Museum

Hands on in the Hearst Museum

The public galleries of the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology are closed for renovation and won’t re-open to the public until 2017, but some lucky students in Berkeley Connect Math got a chance to tour a portion of the museum’s vast collection (approximately 2.5 million objects). The students had the opportunity to view historical … Continue Reading »

Art of Sociology/Sociology of Art

The opening of the brand-new, sleek, and beautifully-designed Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive building has been long-awaited. Berkeley residents and out-of-town visitors alike flooded the museum at its opening to the public at the end of January. Some students might not have wanted to brave the long lines snaking around the block at … Continue Reading »

Exploring the Architectural Heritage of UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley students don’t have to travel far to view inspiring examples of architecture and landscape design. Anyone who has visited the campus knows it’s a magnificent sight to see. With the Neoclassical beauty of Doe Library, the tranquil forest groves near Faculty Glade, and the glorious Sather Tower visible from miles away, students’ daily … Continue Reading »

Exploring the Wonders of the Bancroft Library

Just about every student on campus has holed up in Main Stacks to cram for a midterm or two, but many students remain unaware of the remarkable resources our libraries have to offer. Recently, Berkeley Connect English students visited the Bancroft Library to view some rare books from its collection and learn about their history. … Continue Reading »

Exploring the Past of Math

Berkeley Connect Math students visit the Bancroft Library Berkeley Connect Math students were in for a treat when they took a trip to the Bancroft Library last week. Guided by the Bancroft’s Lee Anne Titangos, students got the opportunity to browse everything from the first printed version of Euclid’s Elements to a letter written by … Continue Reading »

Art and Sociology

Berkeley Connect Sociology students visit the Berkeley Art Museum Berkeley Connect Sociology students received a special tour of the UC Berkeley Art Museum (BAM) last week to explore the intersection between art and sociology. Guided by BAM Director of Education Sherry Goodman, the students discover important and sometimes surprising parallels between their studies and the pieces they encountered … Continue Reading »