Public Programs & Events

Interactive and memorable experiences

There are many opportunities to explore your interests, meet new people and build community together at Kennedy Library.

We love to make, document and share experiences. Be sure to check out our podcasts, videos and stories that feature campus faculty, students and special guests.

Entrepreneurs lead a conversation at Cal Poly Science Cafe
Students, faculty and guests share their expertise and experience in our public progams.

Click on the arrows below to learn more about our different programs.

Cal Poly Science Café
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Michael Newman leads a custom crowd-sourced game for Cal Poly Science Cafe at the San Luis Obispo Mini Maker Faire

Hear stories, see demos, play hands-on and explore new ideas with an expert. This experiential learning series is not just about science: events are interdisciplinary (and fun) too!

This year, we’re celebrating five years of interactive programming and partnerships. In celebration, we launched Open Science Cafe, which will feature a student-run event in the spring.

Here’s the latest video from Cal Poly Science Cafe:

Karen Lauritsen leads the Cal Poly Science Cafe series, which has been featured on Boing Boing.

Conversations with Cal Poly Authors
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Matt Ritter and Enrica Lovaglio Costello discuss Ritter’s book, A Californian’s Guide to the Trees Among Us

Celebrate with recent Cal Poly authors and learn more about their work in a casual conversation over coffee. There’s usually a book signing after the Q and A. See our calendar to learn about what’s coming up!

Podcasts of these conversations are on SoundCloud. Listen to a recent podcast:

Karen Lauritsen leads the Conversations with Cal Poly Authors series.

Data Studio Presents
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Jeanine Scaramozzino (l) Data & GIS Services Librarian leads the Data Studio Presents series

Data plays an increasingly important role in scholarly and professional communication and in our lives. This series explores data and how it can inform problem solving, innovation, collaboration and more.

Podcasts of these conversations are on SoundCloud. Listen to a recent Data Studio talk:

Find out more about the Data Studio or contact Jeanine Scaramozzino, College of Science & Mathematics Librarian and Data & GIS Services Librarian.