Local Programs

The Cal State Monterey Bay President's Speaker Series presents Jamie Merisotis,  President and CEO of Lumina Foundation, the nation's largest private foundation committed solely to enrolling and graduating more students from college.

The sixteenth annual Leon Panetta Lecture Series begins with Immigration:  Conflict or Compromise?

The Cal State Monterey Bay President's Speaker Series presents Sebastian Thrun who is working, through robotics, to change the way we understand the world.

Monday, May 28, 2012:  The Internet with Vinton Cerf, vice president and chief Internet evangelist at Google; Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of the AOL Huffington Post Media Group; and Larry Magid, CBS News and KCBS technology analyst. Frank Sesno, director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University, and former CNN Washington bureau chief moderated the discussion.

Monday, May 7, 2012: The Presidency with Michael Beschloss, award-winning presidential historian and best-selling author and Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, Rice University and best-selling author. Judy Woodruff, co-anchor of PBS NewsHour, moderated the discussion.

Monday, April 9, 2012: The Economy with Robert Reich, professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, author, advisor to presidents and former Secretary of Labor and Alan Simpson, former U.S. Senator and co-chair of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.  Ron Insana, senior analyst, CNBC and MSNBC, and financial industry expert moderates.  

Monday, March 19, 2012:      Foreign Policy and the Middle East with Dennis Ross, councilor at the Washington Institute, former special assistant to President Obama for the Central Region and National Security, and former special advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Iran and Fran Townsend, former assistant to President George W. Bush for Homeland Security and Counter-terrorism, national security issues contributor, CNN, and senior vice president at MacAndrews & Forbes.

The CSU Monterey Bay President’s Speaker Series presents Belva Davis, journalist, author and host of public television’s This Week in Northern California.  Belva Davis’s memoir Never In My Wildest Dreams: A Black Woman’s Life in Journalism tells the story of how she persevered against racism to become the first black female television journalist in the west.