Crow, Brown and Oberholster — All in 1 Day

Wine research in winery, sniffing a small amlount of wine in a glass.
<strong>Anita Oberholster in the Teaching and Research Winery, studying a sample of wine made from smoke-exposed grapes. UC Davis crushed some 6 tons of grapes that survived the fires that devastated the Napa region in 2017, and Oberholster is assessing the impacts of the smoke on the finished product and researching ways to mitigate those impacts. (Joe Proudman/UC Davis)</strong>

The timing is tight, but, if you play your campus colloquia cards right on Monday, June 3, you can hear Arizona State University President Michael M. Crow at a Chancellor’s Colloquium, discussing accessible and affordable higher education; and former Gov. Jerry Brown and UC Davis researcher Anita Oberholster in a different lecture series, addressing “Wine, Wildfire and Climate Change.”


Chancellor’s Colloquium/UC Davis Forum

Michael Crow mugshot

“The Future Of Education: Accelerating Innovation to Advance Accessible and Affordable Learning,” presented by Michael M. Crow, president of Arizona State University

WHEN: Monday, June 3

  • Talk and Q&A — 4-5 p.m.
  • Reception — 5-6 p.m.

WHERE: Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts

ADMISSION: Free, but tickets required. They are available online.


Savor: Lectures on Wine and Food

Jerry Brown mugshot

“Wine, Wildfire and Climate Change,” presented by former California Gov. Jerry Brown and Anita Oberholster, associate specialist, Cooperative Extension, Department of Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis

WHEN: Monday, June 3

  • Reception — 5:15-5:45 p.m.
  • Program — 6-7:15 p.m.

WHERE: Shields Library (reception outside, program inside)

ADMISSION: $10, or $5 for students with ID; tickets available online (students should use code NZFCHHJHHE)

Crow’s address, “The Future Of Education: Accelerating Innovation to Advance Accessible and Affordable Learning,” is the last program of the 2018-19 Chancellor’s Colloquium Series. This particular Chancellor’s Colloquium has a co-sponsor, the UC Davis Forums on the Public University and the Social Good.

His talk is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. in the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts.

Next, the retired governor will join Oberholster, associate specialist in Cooperative Extension in the Department of Viticulture and Enology, in the Savor: Lectures Food and Wine series sponsored by the UC Davis Library and the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science. “Wine, Wildfire and Climate Change” will start at 5:15 p.m. at Shields Library.

The “secret” to hearing Crow, Brown and Oberholster all in the same afternoon lies in the scheduling of the event receptions: One comes before, one comes after.

  • Chancellor’s Colloquium — Crow’s talk and a question-and-answer session will be from 4 to 5 p.m. Then comes the reception from 5 to 6 p.m. You could skip the reception entirely and walk to Shields Library in time for the reception there. Or stay for some of the Chancellor’s Colloquium reception before heading to Shields Library, about a 10-to-15-minute walk.
  • “Wine, Wildfire and Climate Change” — The reception will be from 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. in the Shields Library courtyard, before the program. So, you could arrive a little late from the Chancellor’s Colloquium but still in time to hear Brown and Oberholster from 6 to 7:15 p.m. inside the library, on the first floor.

Brown left office in January after his 16th year as governor (he first took office in 1975, served two four-year terms, then returned in 2011 to serve two more terms). A leader in environmental sustainability throughout his career, Brown has advanced water conservation and tougher energy efficiency standards. During his final term in office, he broke new ground once again by pushing for greater recognition of the impact of climate change on agriculture — and the need for California’s agricultural industry to adopt more climate-friendly practices.

Oberholster studies the influence of growing practices and environmental factors on grape ripening, wine composition and wine quality. In the wake of the 2017 Napa-area wildfires, she began studying how smoke affects grapes and the wine made from them. In 2018, Wine Business Monthly named her one of the 50 most influential leaders in the wine industry.

Catastrophic wildfires, which scientists say are linked to climate change, present many risks and challenges for California — including, in the wine industry, the tendency for smoke exposure to change the taste of wine. Brown and Oberholster each offer a call to action, from different but complementary perspectives, on what can be done to mitigate the impacts of climate-driven wildfire.

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