The Luis “El Machete” Valdez Annual Speakers Series Presents Politics and Community: A Dialogue with the Honorable Blanca Alvarado

Join us in the new Student Union Theater, as we engage the Honorable Blanca Alvarado in a community dialogue. We will highlight her early years, her community engagement, and her trailblazing political career.

  • Wednesday, April 26, 2017
  • Student Union Theater, San Jose State University
  • Doors Open at 5:30 pm, event from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Tickets available through Eventbrite

Co-sponsored by the Mexican American Studies Department, The College of Social Sciences, ASPIRE/McNair, Baktun Twelve, and La Raza Historical Society of Santa Clara Valley.

2017 Leon Panetta Lecture Series: The Economy—Trade, Jobs, Taxes and Immigration

The second lecture, The Economy—Trade, Jobs, Taxes and Immigration, will be held on Monday, April 3, 2017 and will feature Carly Fiorina, CEO of Hewlett-Packard (1999-2005) and candidate for president (2016); and Robert Reich, economic analyst, author and U.S. secretary of labor (1993-1997).  Leon Panetta, chairman of the Panetta Institute, former secretary of defense and former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, will moderate the discussion.

Student Program: Through the generosity of the Panetta Institute for Public Policy, the Institute is providing SJSU scholarships for at least 20 students to attend each of the lectures in this series.

These afternoon student programs will begin with registration at 11:45 a.m. at the Sunset Cultural Center in Carmel. At 12:45 p.m., Panetta Institute professors will facilitate an academic exercise focusing on the lecture topic until 2:15 p.m.  This session informs students about the issues to be discussed and encourages them to develop questions and comments for interactive dialogue with the speakers.  After a fifteen-minute break, the lecture begins at 2:30 p.m., with the guest speakers and Secretary Panetta presenting a discussion amongst themselves.  During the second half they will answer the students’ questions.  The program will end at 4:30 p.m. Students must provide their own transportation to and from the event.

2017 Leon Panetta Lecture Series: The Affordable Care Act–Repeal, Replace or Gridlock?

The first lecture, The Affordable Care Act–Repeal, Replace or Gridlock?, will be held on Monday, March 6, 2017 and will feature Bobby Jindal, governor of Louisiana (2008-2016) and 2016 candidate for president; and Chris Jennings, deputy assistant to the President for health policy (2013-2014) and senior health advisor to the president (1994-2001). Leon Panetta, chairman of the Panetta Institute, former secretary of defense and former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, will moderate the discussion.

Student Program: Through the generosity of the Panetta Institute for Public Policy, the Institute is providing SJSU scholarships for at least 20 students to attend each of the lectures in this series.

These afternoon student programs will begin with registration at 12:15 p.m. at the Sunset Cultural Center in Carmel. At 1:00 p.m., a Panetta Institute professor will facilitate an academic exercise focusing on the lecture topic until 2:15 p.m.  This session informs students about the issues to be discussed and encourages them to develop questions and comments for interactive dialogue with the speakers.  After a fifteen-minute break, the lecture begins at 2:30 p.m., with the guest speakers and Secretary Panetta presenting a discussion among themselves.  During the second half they will answer the students’ questions.  The program will end at 4:00 p.m.  Students must provide their own transportation to and from the event.

2016 Don Edwards Lecture: Judge Thelton E. Henderson

The speaker for the 2016 Don Edwards Lecture will be U.S. District Court Judge and civil rights pioneer Thelton E. Henderson. Judge Henderson is a native of the Bay Area who, after graduating from UC Berkeley, became the first African-American lawyer in the Civil Rights Division in the Department of Justice. While monitoring abuses by law enforcement in the South, he became acquainted with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights leaders. He then returned to California, becoming the assistant dean at Stanford, where he established a successful program to recruit a more diverse student body. After a few years in private practice, Judge Henderson was nominated to the U.S. District Court by Jimmy Carter in 1980. In his storied career, he has overseen several high-profile cases, including the 1997 case in which he ruled that Proposition 209, the anti-affirmative action initiative, was unconstitutional. He has taken a particular interest in the timely topic of prison reform. The Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice at Boalt Hall is named for him.

After a brief video presentation, Judge Henderson will make brief opening remarks, and then will engage in a conversation with retired California Superior Court Judge LaDoris Cordell. Audience members will have an opportunity to submit questions.

When: Thursday, November 17 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Student Union Theater

SJSU College of Social Sciences Dean’s Symposium

Join us for an afternoon of excellent talks from faculty across our college at this semester’s Dean’s Symposium: “Mitigating Inequities Faced by Minority Communities: Challenges, Opportunities, and Solutions.”

The Somalis of Silicon Valley: Stories of Migration, Sense of Community, and Survival Capacities
Ruth Wilson, Professor of African-American Studies

The Uber-izing of America: Selection and the Future of On-demand Work
Joshua Troncoso, Assistant Professor of Mexican–American Studies

It Takes a Village: An Innovative Community-based Participatory Approach to Investigating the Nexus of Crime, Nuisance Businesses, and Access to Community Greenspace in South Los Angeles
Jason Douglas, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies

A Community Engagement Across the Disciplines: CommUniverCity San José
Dayana Salazar, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning

When: Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 4:30–6:30
Where: MLK 225