Wednesday Speaker Series

For the 2022-2023 program, with Covid-permitting, will be held in person at 1130 K Street (basement level), with a box lunch provided at the end of each session. There will also be a Zoom Option. Please register for our events here:

For more information on speaking at UCCS contact Brooke Miller-Jacobs at, the Speakers Series Coordinator at the UC Center. To evaluate or provide feedback on any of our Wednesday speakers please use our new online evaluation form located here


The UC Center Sacramento (UCCS) offers weekly public lectures by UC faculty on a variety of public policy issues. Attendees include UCCS students, legislative staff, employees of state agencies and departments, advocates, and members of the general public.  UCCS invites faculty members from any UC campus to deliver lectures summarizing new findings or synthesizing information with potential implications for state policy.

Lectures may address any policy-relevant topic, but each year the Center puts together several mini-series which emphasize special themes. For 2022-2023 the themes are: “Building a More Resilient Public Health System (Before the Next Pandemic)", "Adapting to a Drier, Hotter California: Policy Responses to Drought and Extreme Heat" and "Special Winter Symposium: Dimensions of Chronic Homelessness and the Search for Solutions."

In 2021-2022 the themes were: "Emerging from the Pandemic: Promoting Health and Prosperity for All Californians in the Wake of Covid-19.” Under this broad theme we anticipate addressing a number of topics potentially including the following:

•             Health inequities before, during and after Covid-19

•             What the pandemic tells us about California’s housing problem

•             Making California more disaster-proof

•             What makes for effective public health communication

•             Lessons learned about state versus local control of key policy levers during and after a crisis

•             The future of work, including remote work

In 2020-2021 the themes were 1) Economic Revival in California During and After the Covid-19 Pandemic; 2) Meeting the Needs of California’s Changing Workforce; and 3) The Future of Publicly Funded Education.

The public talks are held on Wednesdays at noon and lunch is provided. A list of upcoming talks is available on the UC Center Sacramento website at Any individual who wishes to attend a public talk can register at views and opinions expressed during our hosted lectures are those of the speaker and do not necessarily represent the views of the University of California or the UC Center Sacramento.

If you would like to receive invitations to upcoming UC Center Sacramento events, please fill out our form here: Sign Up For Events