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Former Governor Gray Davis to Speak at SJSU

Former Governor Gray Davis to Speak at SJSU

Former Gov. Davis (courtesy of gray-davis.com)

Former governor Gray Davis will speak at the next Don Edwards Lecture in Politics and History at 7 p.m. March 19 in the Barrett Ballroom at the Student Union. Davis will reflect on recent changes to the California constitution that may make it easier to govern the state, and the prospects for future reform. He will then participate in a moderated discussion in which he will answer questions from the audience. Assistant Professor Garrick Percival, whose work focuses on American politics, will serve as moderator. This event is free and open to the public. The Edwards Lecture series was launched in 1995 by friends and admirers of Congressman Don Edwards, with the goal of enabling students to meet and hear the stories of prominent men and women who have shaped our history. Edwards represented San Jose for 32 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he earned the title “the conscience of Congress” for his steadfast support of civil rights and his advocacy of all the disadvantaged. In 2003, the House of Representatives honored Edwards with one of the first Congressional Distinguished Service Awards, noting the civility of his work and his refusal to pursue “political ambition at the expense of common decency” or to “sacrifice his soul at the alter of political expediency.”