The Reverend Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr., founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, is one of America’s foremost civil rights, religious and political figures. Over the past forty years, he has played a pivotal role in virtually every movement for empowerment, peace, civil rights, gender equality, and economic and social justice. On August 9, 2000, President Bill Clinton awarded Reverend Jackson the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. Read more
• Dr. Rabbi Hillel Cohn, founding chairperson of the City of San Bernardino Human Relations Commission, board member of The Community Foundation of Riverside and San Bernardino, Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties, and The Brightest Star • T. Mychael Rambo, Actor, Orator, Activist • Professor Michele Goodwin, Chancellor’s Professor of Law University of California, Irvine School of Law
Launched in 1999 by then-Chancellor Ralph Cicerone, the Chancellor's Distinguished Speakers Series brings to campus eminent scholars and public figures who are active change-makers and leaders in today’s world. These luminaries share their insights, expertise and ideas at on-campus lectures and seminars open to the public and UCI faculty, staff and students.