The UCLA Luskin Lecture Series enhances public discourse on topics relevant to the betterment of society. The Series features renowned public intellectuals, bringing together scholars as well as national and local leaders to address society’s most pressing problems. Lectures encourage interactive, lively discourse across traditional divides between the worlds of research, policy and practice. The Series demonstrates UCLA Luskin’s commitment to encouraging innovative breakthroughs and creative solutions to formidable public policy challenges.

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Upcoming Luskin Lecture Events

Jo Ann Jenkins

Feb. 7, 2017
6 p.m.
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049
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AARP has long been recognized for the value of its services, information and advocacy on behalf of people age 50 and over.  But since joining the organization in 2010 and heading it since 2014, Jo Ann Jenkins has sponsored groundbreaking work to transform AARP into a leader in social change, dedicated to enhancing quality of life for all as we age.  A fearless champion for innovation and impact, Jenkins is often lauded for her ability to create business opportunity and competitive differentiation.  She has been described as a visionary and thought leader, a catalyst for breakthrough results, accelerating progress and contribution while fostering positive relationships inside and outside the organization.

Under her leadership AARP’s vision was reimagined and redefined, challenging outdated beliefs and sparking new insights that allow people to adapt to today’s realities of aging – with relevant solutions to everyday issues such as healthcare costs, financial security, digital and social connectivity, and career continuation.  She also established a new strategic direction and operating structure for AARP Foundation, focusing on change in four critical areas – hunger, income, housing, and isolation.  She created Drive to End Hunger, a multi-year, nationwide campaign which has donated over 36 million meals and provides support to over 100 anti-hunger organizations across the country.

Jenkins began her career with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, later moving to the US. Department of Transportation and U.S. Department of Agriculture in a variety of leadership roles with increasing responsibility.  Interlaced with her public service, she served in several private consulting firms, advising major corporations in their development and implementation of diversity and organizational strategy.  In 1994 she was asked to join the Library of Congress as Chief of Staff, becoming its Chief Operating Officer in 2007.  She led the development and launch of innovative initiatives that transformed the Library’s workforce into “knowledge navigators,” created the Library of Congress Experience, an interactive pathway offering access to the Library’s incomparable collections, and built strong, mutually-supportive relationships with private sector sponsors.

** Event Registration ends at 5pm on February 3, 2017  **

Previous Luskin Lecture Events

Feb. 5, 2016: “The Audacity of Despair”
A Conversation with David Simon
Read the recap of the event by clicking here.

Jan. 12, 2016: “The Paris Agreement: An Agreement for Humanity”
A Conversation with Mary Robinson
Read the recap of the event by clicking here.

March 30, 2015: “A Conversation With Leon Panetta
Read the recap of the event by clicking here.

April 14, 2015: “The Role of Arts & Culture in Public Life”
Read the recap of the event by clicking here.

Dec. 4, 2014: “Lessons from Little Rock: A Conversation with Terrence Roberts
Read the recap of the event by clicking here.

May 15, 2015: “A Conversation With U.S. Transportation Sec. Anthony Foxx
Read the recap of the event by clicking here.

Jan. 29, 2014: “A Conversation With Sec. Madeleine Albright
Read the recap of the event by clicking here.

Oct. 21, 2014: “American Winter: Millions of Americans Still Left Out in the Cold”: A Documentary Screening and Discussion
Read the recap of the event by clicking here.

March 21, 2013: The Future of Aging in America: A Conversation with A. Barry Rand, CEO of AARP
Read the complete Rand recap by clicking here.

March 6, 2013: Partnering for Schools: Building the Future of Education in Los Angeles with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa & LA Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy
Read the complete Villaraigosa-Deasy recap by clicking here.

Dec. 4, 2013: “A Conversation With Marian Wright Edelman
Read the recap of the event by clicking here.

Jan. 23, 2013: Campaigns Matter! with former Governor Howard Dean
Read the Howard Dean recap by clicking here.

Nov. 7, 2013: “Policing: Where We Have Been, Where We Are & Where We Are Going” with former LAPD Chief William J. Bratton.
Read the Bratton review by clicking here.

Feb. 28, 2013: Change Can Come with New York City Commissioner of Transportation Janette Sadik-Khan
Read the complete Sadik-Khan recap by clicking here.


Oct. 17, 2012: Sea Change or More of the Same? Looking Beyond Nov. 6. See video by clicking here.


Feb. 16, 2012: A Conversation with Charles Ogletree, Harvard University
Read the Charles Ogletree recap by clicking here.