Ticket Reservations Available for Leon Panetta 2016 Lecture Series

Ticket reservations are now available for the Leon Panetta 2016 Lecture Series, a highly acclaimed program that since 1997 has brought an array of nationally known leaders and policy experts to the Monterey Peninsula.

The events and speakers for the 2016 Lecture Series are as follows:

Odierno, RaySherman, WendyRogers, MikeMonday, March 14: War, Terrorism and Other Global Threats, with Mike Rogers, former United States representative (MI-R) and chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; Wendy Sherman, former Department of State under secretary for political affairs involved in the Iran nuclear negotiations; and General Raymond Odierno former United States Army chief of staff and commander of United States forces in Iraq.


Insana, RonGoolsbee, AustanDaneils, MitchMonday, April 18: Jobs, Debt and Taxes, with Mitch Daniels, former director of the Office of Management and Budget for President George W. Bush and governor of Indiana; Austan Goolsbee, former chair of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and former chief economist for President Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board; and Ron Insana, senior economic analyst and commentator at CNBC.


Watts, J.CBorger, GloriaMatthews, ChrisShields, MarkMonday, May 9: Gridlock, Partisan-ship and Executive Action, with Mark Shields, political analyst for PBS NewsHour and columnist; Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s Hardball and author; Gloria Borger, political columnist at U.S News & World Report and senior political analyst at CNN; and J.C. Watts, former United States representative (OK-R).


Woodruff, JudyKurtz, HowardKoppel, TedMonday, June 27: Changing Society, Tech-nology and Media, with Ted Koppel, former anchor of ABC News’ Nightline; Howard Kurtz, talk show host of FOX News’ Media Buzz and author; and Judy Woodruff, co-anchor and managing editor of PBS NewsHour. 



Moderated by Secretary Leon E. Panetta, the Lecture Series comes to the Central Coast every spring, and offers local residents the opportunity to hear directly from national leaders who examine and discuss national and international issues in a format that encourages give and take as well as areas of potential compromise and cooperation.

In 2016, the Lecture Series will move to the Sunset Cultural Center in Carmel, while its former venue, the Monterey Conference Center, undergoes renovation.

Lecture Series speakers appear before a live theater as well as television audiences. During the afternoon of each lecture, they also meet with students from the Central Coast and Northern California high schools, colleges and military installations.

Ticket and Broadcast Information

All of the Leon Panetta Lecture Series programs are broadcast live throughout California by Comcast, Comcast Hometown Network, the California Channel and other cable networks. C-SPAN periodically broadcasts these lectures nationally. The lectures are also available for viewing via live web-streaming at  http://www.panettainstitute.org/programs/lecture-series/webcast-information/ and are broadcast live on public radio. Broadcast and rebroadcast schedules for this year’s season will be released soon.

Subscriptions are sold for all four events in the season and are available for $360 per person. Periodically during the season, single reserved seats become available at a cost of $90 each. Standby tickets are available for each event and sell for $45.

For information about tickets, please call the Panetta Institute at (831)-582-4200

To see a list of past speakers, click here.