Spartan Speaker Series

Spartan Speaker Series

The Spartan Speakers Series is a collaboration amongst multiple offices within San José State University. Each year the series brings speakers of acclaim to present, free of charge, to the entire Spartan community. In our selection of speakers, we aim to represent a broad range of timely content that includes distinguished authors, critics, artists, scientists and more.

Fall 2017 Speakers


Fall 2017 Spartan Speaker Series


Lisa Ling | Monday, September 18 at 7:00pm | Student Union Ballroom

Richard Cabral | Tuesday, September 12 at 7:00pm | Student Union Ballroom

Dustin Lance Black | Monday, October 9 at 7:00pm | Student Union Ballroom

Franchesa Ramsey | Thursday, October 19 at 6:00pm | Student Union Ballroom

Winona LaDuke | Tuesday, November 14 at 7:00pm | Student Union Theater


Past Speakers


"Changing the Way We See Native America" with Matika Wilbur 

A Native American woman of the Swinomish and Tulalip Tribes (Washington) is unique as an artist and social documentarian in Indian Country, exploring Native identity and experience through the impeccable artistry of each of her photographs. She joined us November 2017.

"History Is A People's Memory: Celebrating the Past, Celebrating Us" with Kevin Powell 

Activist, Writer and Author. Kevin is one of the most acclaimed political, cultural, literary and hip-hop voices in America today. He presented to a packed house in February 2017.

"Election 2016 - Protest & Politics in the Age of Twitter” with Van Jones

Van Jones is an American political activist, commentator, author and attorney. He served as the first guest speaker in our Spartan Speaker Series in September 2016.