The primary mission of the Distinguished Speaker Series is to bring accomplished and distinctive speakers to the CSULB campus to provide insight and illumination into the critical issues of our time, and to inspire and motivate the university community and the citizens of greater Long Beach. A secondary purpose is to raise monies for the CSULB general scholarship fund.
The Series was founded in 2006 by Professor Art Levine from the College of Business Administration's Legal Studies in Business Program and Vice President Doug Robinson of the Division of Student Services. The Student Services Division provides the administrative support for the Series.
The Distinguished Speaker Series is held during the fall semester of each academic year. The 2012 event will take place on Thursday, October 18, 2012.
The Distinguished Speaker Series is held at the elegant Carpenter Performing Arts Center on the beautiful CSULB campus.
Speakers are selected following input from a variety of sources with the goal of fullfilling the stated mission of the Series.
Revenue for the Distinguished Speaker Series is derived from sponsorships, ticket sales and contributions. Edison International has been the Title Sponsor of the Series since its inception.
All profits from the Distinguished Speaker Series go to the CSULB general scholarship fund. The fund is used to help "middle" students who must work to pay for their educations. These students fall into a category that limits their eligibility to receive financial aid and many of them receive little or no college money from their families. The fund makes it possible for students to spend less time working and more time studying.
Contact the Series Director Art Levine for sponsorship information.
Yes, blocks of tickets may be reserved for your group. Contact the Series Director for details.
CSULB is one of the 23 campuses of the California State University system. It is the third largest university in the state with more than 30,000 students in attendance. CSULB is committed to serving the people of California and endeavors to provide academic programs and campus services for both traditional and non-traditional students. The university enrolls students who have graduated in the top third of the state's high school graduating class, those who have completed a community college program, and adults re-entering education.
CSULB President F. King Alexander is a well-respected national expert in the field of higher education finance and public policy. He frequently is invited to testify on behalf of public universities to statewide committees and U.S. Congressional commitees on the issue of college costs, accountability and other issues related to the financing of American higher education. In December 2011, he was one of 10 presidents of U.S. universities invited to a private White House meeting with President Barack Obama and Secretary of Education Anne Duncan to discuss affordability in higher education.