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About Us

What is the mission of the Distinguished Speaker Series?

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.

Who founded the Distinguished Speaker Series?

The Series was founded in 2006 by Professor Art Levine from the College of Business Administration's Legal Studies in Business Program and former Vice President Doug Robinson of the Division of Student Services.

When is the Series held?

The 2014 event will take place on Thursday, March 27, 2014.

Where is the Series held?

The Distinguished Speaker Series is held at the elegant Carpenter Performing Arts Center on the beautiful CSULB campus.

Capenter Performance Arts Center - CSULB

How are the speakers selected?

Speakers are selected following input from a variety of sources with the goal of fullfilling the stated mission of the Series.

What is the revenue source for 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.

Where do the profits go?

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.

How can my company become a sponsor?

Contact the Series Director Art Levine for sponsorship information.

Can my organization attend as a group?

Yes, blocks of tickets may be reserved for your group. Contact the Series Director for details.

A word about CSULB

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.

The Interim President of CSULB is Donald J. Para. He was the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs for the university. In his role as president, Para promotes academic leadership for the university and promotes excellence in all aspects of the university’s academic mission. Para has served in several leadership positions including interim provost, associate dean and dean of the College of the Arts.