Don Edwards Lecture

James Brent, Don Edwards Lecture Director
Former Congressman Don Edwards

Don Edwards

The Don Edwards Lecture series was launched in 1995 by friends and admirers of Congressman Edwards with the goal of enabling students to meet and hear the stories of prominent men and women who have shaped our history. Previous speakers include Hon. Don Edwards, Hon. Norman Mineta, Hon. Leon Panetta, Senator Barbara Boxer, Representative Zoe Lofgren, Mervin Field, Kevin Starr, Erin Brockovich-Ellis, Gloria Steinem and Dolores Huerta, to name a few.

Don Edwards Lecture Series Speakers

Senator Jim Beall

Senator Jim Beall

2019 Don Edwards Lecture Series speaker, Senator Jim Beall.

Maya Esparza, Joseph Kopser, and Joseph Mantz

Maya Esparza, Joseph Kopser, and Joseph Mantz

2018 Don Edwards Lecture Series speakers: Maya Esparza (San Jose City Counsil), Joseph Kopser (Veteran), and Joseph Mantz (Veteran).

Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye

California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye

2017 Don Edwards Lecture Series speaker, California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye.

Judge Thelton Henderson

Judge Thelton Henderson

2016 Don Edwards Lecture Series speaker, Judge Thelton Henderson.

Former Congressman George Miller

Former Congressman George Miller

2015 Don Edwards Lecture Series speaker, Former Congressman George Miller.
Professor Larry Gerston

Professor Larry Gerston

2014 Don Edwards Lecture Series speaker, Professor Larry Gerston.
Former California Governor Gray Davis

Former California Governer Gray Davis

2013 Don Edwards Lecture Series speaker, Former Califiornia Governer Gray Davis.

U.S District Judge Vaughn Walker

U.S District Judge Vaughn R. Walker

2013 Don Edwards Lecture Series speaker, U.S District Judge Vaughn R. Walker.

San Jose Former Mayors

Former San Jose Mayors Hon. Ron Gonzales, Hon. Susan Hammer, Hon. Janet Gray-Hayes, and Hon. Chuck Reed

2012 Don Edwards Lecture Series speakers, Former San Jose Mayors: Hon. Ron Gonzales, Hon. Susan Hammer, Hon. Janet Gray-Heyes, and Hon. Chuck Reed.

Fabian Nunez

Former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez

2011 Don Edwards Lecture Series speaker, Fabian Nunez.
Michele Norris of National Public Radio

Michele Norris of National Public Radio

2010 Don Edwards Lecture Series speaker, Michele Norris of National Public Radio. 
Former California Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi

Former California Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi

2009 Don Edwards Lecture Series speaker, Former California Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi