Recent, Current, and Future Events
Find out how technology is making commercial travel to space possible with our featured speaker, Professor Dianne DeTurris, who specializes in propulsion and high-speed aerodynamics.
» Learn more about Hypersonic space fight
Listen to Matt Ritter talk about California's most commonly grown trees and his writing process, followed by a conversation with Enrica Lovaglio Costello and Q&A with other attendees.
» Learn more about the Trees Among Us
Monday, November 7 through Saturday, January 6, 2012. Assembly Required highlights the craftsmanship and innovation of Cal Poly student furniture artists. The winners from the 2011 Vellum/College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) Furniture Competition and Exhibition are a central feature of the exhibit.
» Learn more about the exhibit
Cal Poly Authors: November 18, 2011. Listen to author Doug Keesey talk about contemporary film noir and his writing process, followed by conversation between the author and Josh Machamer from the Theatre and Dance Department. A Q&A with other attendees will round out the discussion.
» Learn more about the book and the conversation
Tuesday, November 8th, 2011. A hands-on workshop in making papercraft furniture is offered in conjunction with the exhibit, which features the work of Polytechnic furniture artists and Vellum Design winners. All materials are supplied and the papercraft assembly is open to everyone.
» Learn more about the Papercraft Workshop
Science Café: November 4 & 5, 2011. This is a two-part series. First, learn about coffee and your tasting abilities on campus Friday morning. Then, challenge your taste buds to more nuanced flavors Saturday at a pour-over event in town at Sally Loo's Wholesome Cafe.
» Learn more about the Taste Test
Cal Poly Authors: May 13, 2011. Hear author Andrew Morris talk about the book's themes and his writing process, followed by conversation between the author and the invited respondents, and Q&A with other attendees.
» Find out more about the May Conversations with Cal Poly Authors event
Science Café: May 4, 2011. Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies that reduce negative consequences of drug use, incorporating a spectrum of strategies from safer use, to managed use to abstinence. Mett community members and activitists working in the SLO community.
» Get more information on the Harm Reduction Science Café
April 19, 2011. The Third Annual Student Video Competition winners have been announced!
» See the competition web site for the winners as well as links to their videos
Thursday, April 14 through Friday, June 3, 2011. A photography exhibit using student-engineered images, sounds and text with University Archives materials. Exploring the history of spirit photography through the re-envisioning of history.
» Get more information about Look the Other Way
Science Café:April 15, 2011. Technology has reached a point where we can now effectively merge man and machine. We call these Bionic devices Exoskeletons and have designed devices to help augment a soldier's ability (HULC) as well as a device that allows paraplegics to standup and walk again (eLEGS).
» Learn more and see the photos and video from this event
Mar. 11, 2011. Join us for our inaugural event. Author and City & Regional Planning Chair, Hema C. Dandekar will discuss her book Michigan Family Farms and Farm Buildings. Campus guests include Joel Orth (History Department) and Hunter Francis (Center for Sustainability).
» Find about more about Conversations with Cal Poly Authors
Feb. 14 – Mar. 3, 2011, Library 1st Floor Gallery. Where We Stand draws from Mustang Daily articles, student club documents, and oral accounts to construct a brief history of African American advocacy on the Cal Poly campus from the Civil Rights Movement to the present day.
» Find about more about this exhibit
This year's theme: The Kennedy Library — Thirty Years in the Making. What's Next?
Cash prizes, celebrity guest judge, and screenings this spring. Entries not due until April 1, 2011 plenty of time to get started now.
» Learn more about the Student Video Competition!
Thursday, November 18 – Thursday, December 2, 2010. Photography exhibit featuring Taiwan's transformation from an agrarian past into a high-technology nation at present.
» Get more information about our Fall exhibit
The theme this year was Hidden Treasures within the Kennedy Library.
» Find out who won and how you can enter next year.
On June 7, the first day of the last week of the 09-10 academic school year, the library hosted four feline visitors from the Cal Poly Cat Program.
» More details about Cats in the Atrium
June 8 through July 5, 2010. Kennedy Library is presenting an exhibition highlighting Cal Poly Japanese American students who were unable to complete their education due to their forced relocation and internment during World War II.
» More details about the Nisei Diploma Project Exhibition
May 12, 2010. Some view human enhancement as the natural course of our evolution; others see it as a threat to the idea of "being human" and a path toward creating a Frankenstein's monster. This presentation will survey the ethical and practical issues in this important debate.
» More details about Ethics of Human Enhancement
April 28, 2010. The economic problems of recent years came about, in part, because we didn't understand the risks we, as a society, were collectively taking. Explore what it means to take individual and societal risks, how to measure those risks, and how economics, engineering and psychology envision risk differently.
Open House Weekend: April 16, 2010 — 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The debris at the center of the North Pacific Ocean has the potential to damage one of the largest ecosystems on Earth. This is the story, shared by a scientist and a teacher who recently traveled to the Garbage Patch as part of a graduate-student led scientific research expedition, SEAPLEX.
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OCOB and Kennedy Library join forces to sponsor the second annual Student Video Competition. Grand prize is $1000. Show us the hidden treasures within Kennedy Library!
» Find out more about the competition
reKinetic is a group installation featuring Cal Poly students, faculty, and community members with works incorporating reclaimed materials. The result is a dynamic exhibition of innovative installations and sculptures, which respond to their environment either by human interaction, internal mechanism, or natural elements.
» Get more information about reKinetic
While searching in amber for bacterium to be screened for pharmaceutical properties, Dr. Cano discovered live yeast, which was ultimately used to brew beer. Dr. Cano tells the story of this accidental discovery, the surprising way he became a partner in beer-making, and the future of his Environmental Biotechnology Institute.
» View the event page for Jurassic Beer
In honor of Black History Month, the Cal Poly Kennedy Library is presenting the photographic exhibition "Snapshots of Equality." The exhibition features snapshots from the 1949 NAACP National Convention in Los Angeles as well as highlights from the personal papers of Alice Martin, a civic-minded woman known for her community service to nonprofit organizations on the Central Coast.
» Get more information about this exhibit
Cindy Douglas, from Cal Poly Organic Farm, explores how community supports education in other ways, and assess what intellectual freedom means for our learning process during an interdisciplinary conversation for students, faculty, staff and all campus constituents.
» View the event page for Community-Supported Agriculture
This informal discussion focused on what makes a book a book. Participants can cozy up and test drive a new Kindle or handle beautiful bound books to compare and contrast this idea.
» View the event page for Is It Still a Book
A bilingual traveling exhibition to promote diversity awareness and education. The Migrant Project details the lives and struggles of today's California migrant farm workers.
» Get more information about this exhibit and reception
Kathy Chen and students in materials engineering created a hanging, giant model nanotube made out of balloons in the Library, and guided participants in simple demos of nanotechnology during the cafe.
» View the event page for Nanocafé
Food psychologist Brian Wansink shows why you may not realize how much you’re eating, what you're eating–or why you're even eating at all.
» View the event page for Mindless Eating
Attend an information session this summer to learn about online submission of senior projects.
Professor Bekey discusses the ethical issues associated with robotic air, land and underwater military vehicles. March 10, 2009. Kennedy Library, Room 510B.
Christopher Slye of Adobe Systems will talk about typography, including examples of old and new designs. Moderated by GrC Professor Lorraine Donegan. March 11, 4:30pm at the Kennedy Library Café Lounge.
"Shorts @ Cal Poly" features three short films and the filmmakers at the Kennedy Library Café Lounge on Friday, March 6 at 5:00. Director reception at 4:30. Get more information and ticket price.
Student Photography exhibit for March 2009
Celebrate Charles Darwin's 200th birthday and and Darwin Year 2009 with us. Cake, coffee, and tea. Conversation about the Galapagos. Professors Christy Strand, Francis Villablanca, and a very special guest. Thursday, February 12, from 34pm
In honor of Black History Month, Kennedy Library is presenting the photographic exhibition Strive and Struggle: Documenting the Civil Rights Movement at Cal Poly, 1967 1975 beginning February 2nd through March 1st. The free exhibition, open during regular library hours, is located at the Library Gallery on the first floor of the Kennedy Library.
Join us Wednesday, January 28 from 4:30-6:00 pm in the second floor Learning Commons to inaugurate the Cal Poly Science Café. Our first program celebrates all kinds of Improbable Vehicles – from electric and human powered vehicles to the Rose Float. [Blog]
Open Access is a growing international movement that encourages the unrestricted sharing of research results for the advancement and enjoyment of science and society. Open Access Day includes worldwide broadcasted events. Learn more.
Are you involved in developing an institutional repository for your campus? Learn how others are addressing policy, copyright, content, and outreach issues. Join us for a day-long colloquium that focuses on the challenges and successes of planning, creating and maintaining an academic institutional repository.
How a magazine of hybrid, radical street art, barrio iconography, and avant-garde literature questioned, expanded, and experimented with the possibilities of Chicano urban identity. April 17th through June 16th. Reception April 24th. Read more about this event.
Sept. 24 through Oct. 12, 2007. Opening reception sponsored by the Consulate General of Switzerland, San Francisco on Monday, Sept. 24.
A campus forum with Sayeed Choudhury, February 21, 2007 at 2:00PM. Choudhury is the Associate Director for Library Digital Programs and Hodson Director of the Digital Knowledge Center at the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University Repository.
M:OME — Modern Sustainable Living, an exhibition hosted by the Learning Commons and sponsored by the Robert E. Kennedy Library features the design work of architects Laura Joines-Novotny and Tom Di Santo, Faculty in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Fifteen exhibitors, four presenters and over 200 attendees. The event brought together professionals, professors, students and people from the community to introduce people who knew how to use GIS with people who have projects that GIS would enhance.
a traveling exhibition of handmade books focusing on the topics of war and peace. Comprised of the work of local artists, community members, and artists across California and beyond- the purpose is to provide a venue for dialogue at the same time illustrating the passionate issues of war and peace throughout history.