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Panetta Institute Chairman and former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced the line-up for the Leon Panetta 2014 Lecture Series. This year will focus on the theme Learning the Lessons of History – Is the Past Prologue to the Future? 

Each event will be held at the Monterey Conference Center at 7:00 p.m, and will be broadcast live on 90.3 KAZU.  

Monday, March 10, 2014, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. 

War and Peace – 100 Years Since World War I

In this season's final forum in the Leon Panetta Lecture Series the topic was “Middle East Turmoil: Chaos or Reform?” with Secretary Panetta as moderator.  Guests for the final event included  Ehud Barak, former Israeli Prime Minister and former Minister of Defense; Joe Lieberman, former United States Senator  from Connecticut; and Richard Lugar, former United States Senator from Indiana and former chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.  The event took place Monday, June 10th at the Monterey Conference Center.

The third forum in the Leon Panetta 2013 Lecture Series is Gun Control: The Second Amendment -- Are There Limits? 

Secretary Panetta will be joined by Sarah Brady, chair of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence; Asa Hutchinson, former United States congressman and former task force director for the National Rifle Association; and, James Johnson, chair of the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence and Baltimore County Chief of Police.


The sixteenth annual Leon Panetta Lecture Series continues with: The Budget Blame Game.

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.