UCLA Luskin Conference Center Quarterly Newsletter — August 2019UCLA 100th Birthday Celebration, May 2019. Photographed by Michal Czerwonka/UCLA.

UCLA’s 100th means it’s the perfect time to stay with us!

The birthplace of the Internet was on October 29, 1969 in Boelter Hall at UCLA, pictured above.

In celebration of its 100th birthday, UCLA has planned commemorative events all year long both on campus and throughout the city of Los Angeles. With such close proximity to all that’s happening, staying at our on-campus hotel in centrally located West Los Angeles is the perfect place to be.

And if you need a good starting point to take part in these amazing UCLA Centennial events, check out UCLA 10 Questions, a series of panel talks every Tuesday this fall where the public is invited to join UCLA students in the classroom to hear scholars and alumni across different disciplines explore a key question. The first talk, on October 1, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in Kaufman Hall, asks the question: What is the university? Other topics will include knowledge, justice, truth, love, nature and creativity, to name a few. It’s sure to be food for thought.

A soda bottle experiment at the “Exploring Your Universe” science festival at UCLA.

One of the most anticipated Centennial events is also the second biggest date in the history of the internet! “Internet50” takes place on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, exactly fifty years to the date when the internet was founded. Leading internet experts will be gathering at UCLA to laud its inception, discuss its impact and explore its future. Check here for more details on the event.

Also this fall is the return of a family favorite: “Exploring Your Universe,” UCLA’s free science festival. Taking place on Sunday, November 3, 2019 from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m., the festival features hands-on demonstrations for all ages, physics and science talks, telescope viewings, planetarium shows, and more.

To fuel up for the fun, be sure to stop by Plateia, our on-site Mediterranean-inspired restaurant and lounge, and enjoy a refreshing beverage and delicious meal. Review the day’s events or unwind after an exhilarating day of celebrating over a specialty cocktail or glass of wine in our year-round al fresco patio.

With all the Centennial events taking place this fall — whether you’re coming to listen to experts speak at one of the Centennial’s 10 Questions forums or commemorate the 50th anniversary of where the internet first began — the Luskin Conference Center makes an ideal home base.

Don’t wait, but book your stay now for the Centennial events coming up!


To see all upcoming events and learn more, visit the Centennial Events site. Nearly all of the events are free and open to the public, but may require registration. Below is an overview of the outstanding events coming up for fall.

Marquee UCLA Centennial Events Scheduled for Fall 2019 —

Check out the “UCLA 10 Questions” panel of talks this fall.

Saturday, August 31, 2019
La Sonora Dinamita — 7:00 p.m. | MacArthur Park
Join us for a free community concert under the stars as La Sonora Dinamita, one of the most beloved and renowned cumbia groups in the world, perform on the Levitt Pavilion stage.

Saturday, September 28, 2019
Volunteer Day: 100 Sites Around the Globe — All Day | Local & Global
UCLA Volunteer Day is an annual day of service offering participants a wide-range of community service projects around the globe. Projects include sorting donations at food banks and shelters, beautifying K-12 schools, parks and neighborhoods and visiting with residents at senior centers and veterans’ facilities. Join us as we give back across 100 project sites across the city and around the globe.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019
UCLA 10 Questions: What is the University? — 7:00 p.m. |  Kaufman Hall 200, UCLA
10 Questions takes place every Tuesday in fall 2019. The public will be invited to join UCLA students in the classroom for an intimate panel discussion featuring leading scholars from across UCLA and distinguished alumni as they come together to explore a different essential question.

Sunday, October 6, 2019
CicLAvia, Heart of LA, Celebrating 100 Years of UCLA — 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Downtown L.A.
Imagine the streets of downtown Los Angeles with no cars for a day – just open to Angelenos to wander and explore on a bike or by walking, jogging or skating. Join us on Sunday, Oct. 6, as we honor our early years in downtown LA and partner with CicLAvia on a six-mile route celebration of open streets with art, food trucks, performances, and more.

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019
Internet50 — All Day | UCLA
For this event, the world’s leading Internet experts – from business, entertainment, government and media – gather at UCLA to honor the significance of its inception 50 years ago and take stock of the impact the Internet has had on every facet of our world. Join us as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Internet and set the course for its future.

Sunday, November 3, 2019
Explore Your Universe — All Day | UCLA
Don’t miss UCLA’s free science festival, one of the country’s largest and most popular, featuring telescope viewings, planetarium showings, science talks, physics and chemistry demonstrations, special guests, and more.