What Matters to Me and Why Speaker Series


Personal Journeys: Choices made, difficulties encountered, commitments grasped and joys revealed.

To learn more about the program, view Professor Jonathan Feng's introduction below.


In an abundance of caution and to ensure social distancing during the COVID-19 outbreak, the What Matters to Me and Why series will be in-person and via Zoom streaming.

Faculty and Staff Series

Offered since 2012, this informal lunchtime series is designed to build and strengthen bonds between people who teach, learn and work together daily, and to foster understanding of how each of us embraces the UCI values.

Registration: 11:45 a.m.

Program: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location: Humanities Gateway 1030

2023-2024 Schedule

Below are the dates for the 2023-24 series. Registration opens approximately three weeks in advance of each talk. Dates and speakers subject to change.


  • Thu, Oct. 19 – Alan Terriciano
  • Fri, Nov. 3 – Stacy Branham at Humanities Gateway 1030


UCI Health Series

Where:  UCI Medical Center, Building 54, 5th Floor, Podlich Family Conference Center & streaming through Zoom

When: 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. 


More information about events will be coming soon

Alumni Series

This series explores the dynamics of learning relationships and how the encouragement and support of mentors has profoundly impacted the student experiences, career paths and life journeys of some of UCI’s many distinguished alumni.

Where:  Newkirk Alumni Center & streaming through Zoom

When: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.