The H. Andrea Neves and Barton Evans Social Justice Lecture Series

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Social justice is at the heart of a $250,000 endowment made to Sonoma State University recently by a couple who hopes the gift will spur others to donate "to nudge the University in the direction they would like to see it go." SSU professor Andrea Neves and her husband Bart Evans are longtime supporters of programs in education, including the building of classrooms in Africa. This endowment fund supports the H. Andrea Neves and Barton Evans Social Justice Lecture Series at Sonoma State University, a joint venture of the School of Social Sciences and the School of Education.
Each year the series invites a distinguished and inspiring speaker to address the topic of social justice in a public lecture for the campus community.

Distinguished Guest Speakers


Join us on 7:30 PM for

"An Evening with"

in the Weill Hall at the Green Music Center, Sonoma State University

Tickets go on sale on SSU Students free (must have a ticket), all others $15.
Get Tickets here!

Watch the lecture video from our previous years' speakers:

February 2019: Charles Blow: "An Evening with Charles Blow"

February 2018: Ralph Nader: "One Person Can Make a Difference--Social Justice World Affairs"

February 2017: Richard Wolff: "Our Economic Future: Teaching Real Choices"

February 2016: Mira Sorvino: "An Evening with Mira Sorvino"

March 2014: Dolores Huerta: "An Evening with Dolores Huerta"

April 2013: Cornel West: "An Evening with Cornel West" (video is posted in segments: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5)

March 2012: Michael Kirst, "California K-12 Education: Challenges and Solutions"

February 2011: Jamaica Kincaid, "In a Small Place: Reading and Writing"

March 2010: Martin Carnoy, "Educational Equity and Social Justice as Smart Economic Policy: An International Perspective"

March 2009: Julian Bond, "The Road to Freedom: From Alabama to Obama"

September 2008: Alejandro Toledo, "A New Social Agenda for Democracy"

March 2008: Morris Dees, "With Justice for All"

February 2007: Lani Guinier, "Rethinking Race & Class: A New Vision of Social Justice"

November 2005: Jonathan Kozol, "The Shame of a Nation"