2019 Leon Panetta Lecture Series Line-up

Jan 25, 2019

The 2019 Leon Panetta Lecture Series will tackle the topic: Checks and Balances - Will Our Democracy Survive? Some of the speakers joining former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta include John Kelly, Chris Christie and James Clapper. 

All of the forums will take place at the Monterey Conference Center and broadcast live on 90.3 KAZU.

Monday, February 25 at 7:00 p.m.

Checks and Balances – The Mueller Investigation, the Law and the Presidency with LTG James Clapper, USAF (Ret.), Director of National Intelligence Agency (2010-2017); Chuck Rosenberg, former Counsel to FBI Director Robert Mueller and former Chief of Staff to FBI Director James Comey, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of  Virginia (2006-2008); and Frances Townsend, Homeland Security Advisor to President George W. Bush (2004-2007).  

Monday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m.

Checks and Balances – The Role of the Press and the Congress with Governor Chris Christie (New Jersey 2010-2018); Mark McKinnon, political advisor to President George W. Bush and Senator John McCain, co-creator, co-executive producer, and co-host of Showtime’s The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth; and Mark Shields, political columnist and commentator with The New York Times and PBS NewsHour. 

Monday, April 15 at 7:00 p.m. 

Checks and Balances – The Role of Nationalism, Globalism and Patriotism with Ambassador R. Nicholas Burns, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (2005-2008); General John Kelly, USMC (Ret.),White House  Chief of Staff (2017-2019); and Admiral William McRaven, USN (Ret.), Commander of the United States Special Operations  (2011-2014)                                                                                                                                          
Monday, May 27 at 7:00 p.m.  

Checks and Balances –What Was the Hope of our Forefathers?  Has it Worked? with Douglas Brinkley, Professor of History at Rice University and CNN commentator; and Annette Gordon-Reed, American historian and Law Professor of American Legal History at Harvard University, and was also awarded the Pulitzer Prize for history in 2009.