Local Programs

The 2018 Leon Panetta Lecture Series will tackle the topic: Is the American Dream Alive and Well?   The line-up includes the four following forums with former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta moderating.

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

The twentieth annual Leon Panetta Lecture Series, The Trump Presidency and the Future of America, concludes with a forum focusing on The World – Terrorism, Russia, China, Populism and Cyber

The third forum in the 2017 Leon Panetta Lecture Series focuses on Our Democracy: Parties, Politics and Governing

The 2017 Leon Panetta Lecture Series focuses on The Trump Presidency and the Future of America.  The second forum tackles The Economy: Trade, Jobs, Taxes and Immigration.  

The 2017 Leon Panetta Lecture Series focuses on the Trump Presidency and the Future of America. The first event of the series addresses the Affordable Care Act: Repeal, Replace or Gridlock?

Cheriss May, Ndemay Media Group

This fall President Barack Obama honored Luis Valdez with the National Medal of Arts.  The playwright is a the founder of El Teatro Campesino in San Juan Bautista.  He was also a founding professor at CSUMB.  CSUMB President Eduardo Ochoa welcomed Valdez back on campus for an event on November 22nd at the World Theater.

The third forum of the Leon Panetta Lecture Series focuses on Gridlock, Partisanship and Executive Action.  

Krista Almanzan

The second forum in the 2016 Leon Panetta Lecture series takes place Monday, April 18th and airs live on 90.3 KAZU.   The theme for this year's series is "An America in Renaissance or Decline".  Tuesday's topic is "Jobs, Debt and Taxes".  



The CSU Monterey Bay President's Speaker Series provides a forum for thoughtful and provocative discussions that can impact thought and action on issues important to our community and our nation.

 The first forum of the 2016 Leon Panetta Lecture Series focuses on the topic, "War, Terrorism and Other Global Threats". 

Secretary Leon Panetta moderates this discussion with guests Mike Rogers, former United States representative (R-MI) and chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; Wendy Sherman, former Department of State under secretary for political affairs and lead negotiator of the Iran nuclear agreement; and General Ray Odierno, former United States Army chief of staff and commander of United States forces in Iraq.