The Center is excited to have launched the Speaker’s Lecture Series in partnership with Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon. The series is modeled off the British Parliament’s Lectures with their aim of encouraging understanding and engagement with the work of Parliament and its Parliamentarians.

The new Speaker’s Lecture Series will serve as a way for California’s legislative leadership to engage with university students and the broader community about the work of the legislature and critical current issues.  This series is squarely in line with the Center for California Studies’ mission, which is to bridge academia and government in the service of democratic governance in California. This series will facilitate conversations between legislative leadership and the state’s universities.

The inaugural event, California Leading the Way, was hosted by the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at Cal State LA on September 8, 2016.  Dr. Raphe Sonenshein, Executive Director of the Institute, conversed with Speaker Rendon about his path to the Speakership as well as highlights of the 2016 legislative session, from climate change to the minimum wage.

We invite you to join us for the second lecture of the series, a conversation about the past, present and future of the legislature, on October 13 at Sacramento State.  The lecture will feature Speaker Rendon, Assembly Member Ken Cooley, and State Librarian Greg Lucas. More information available at

For questions about the Speaker’s Lecture Series, please contact Pam Chueh at


*photo credit: David Ng