Moon Lectures
2019 Moon Lecture Series: provocative, progressive & enlightening .

The Bob and Dorrie Moon Lecture Series showcases contemporary insights from dynamic speakers and progressive Christian authors and community leaders.  Purchase online tickets by clicking here.

Bob and Dorrie endowed this forum as a gift and challenge to the Sacramento community to think critically and act ethically on important issues of our time.

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NOTE:  Advance ticket sales often sell out.  When they do, tickets and admittance may become available on the day of the event in the Lobby. 


2019 Speakers 


Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist, Acclaimed Filmmaker,
Advocate, and Leading voice on immigration issues

Read more about Jose Antonino Vargas



Labor economist, noted author and colorful commentator. Commentator on CNN, BET, PBS, MSNBC, NBC, ABC, C-SPAN and others. Currently writes a weekly column for the National Black Press Syndicate.

Read more about Dr. Julianne Malveaux



American journalist who currently is the White House correspondent for the PBS Newshour program. Political contributor to NBC News and MSNBC. She has worked as a reporter for The New York Times and USA Today.

Read more about Yamiche Alcindor



New York Times foreign correspondent and three–time Pulitzer Prize finalist. Became the go-to reporter on the Islamic State.  Awarded the
2018 Peabody Award for her podcast “Caliphate.”

Read more about Rukmini Callimachi.


2018 Speakers 


Human and Civil Rights Activist, Groundbreaking Radio Personality
on Sirus XM’s Urban View. Known as “The Black Eagle.”



White House Correspondent, Political Analyst on CNN
Board Member White House Correspondents Association
Member of National Press Club



President/Founder of Sojouurners a faith-based organization 
Best-selling author, public theologian, national preacher and social activist, international commentator on ethics and public life


with Jan Martinelli and Tammy Hall

American Singer Songwriter, Teacher, Actor, and Activist for Social Change



30-year career as Emmy-Winning journalist reporting for PBS, CBS, WNBC, NPR, Author
First Latina in many newsrooms, anchor and Executive Producer


2017 Speakers 

Chairman David Archambault, II 

Tribal Chairman of Standing Rock Indian Reservation,  Global Leader for Indigenous People’s Rights,  Recently Named a “Leading Global Thinker of 2016” by Foreign Policy Magazine

Read more about Chairman David Archambault, II


Nancy Giles 

CBS Sunday Morning contributor, Comedian, Actress and Self-described “Accidental Pundette”

Read more about Nancy Giles 


Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II 

President of “Repairers of the Breach”, Architect of “Forward Together Moral Movement”, National NAACP Board of Directors, 2015 Recipient of the Puffin and Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Awards

Read more about Rev. Dr. William J. Barber

B. D. Wong 

Award-winning actor, Activist, Winner of GLADD Davidson/Valenti Award and Advocate for the “It Gets Better” campaign 

Read more about B. D. Wong


2016 Speakers

Barry Scheck

Attorney, DNA expert and co-founder of the Innocence Project

Read more about Barry Scheck


Clint Smith

Award-winning teachers, acclaimed spoken word poet and featured TED Talks speaker

Read more about Clint Smith 


Eugene Robinson

Pulitzer prize-winning columnist for the Washington Post and political analyst for MSNBC

Read more about Eugene Robinson


Laura Nirider

Clinical professor of law and co-director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth at Northwestern University of Law in Chicago and profiled on Netflix Global Series: Making a Murderer

Read more about Laura Nirider


2015 Speakers

Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal

A leading voice and advocate during the community unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.

Read more about Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal


Taylor Branch

Author of the landmark narrative history of the Civil Rights era, “America in the King Years.”

Read more about Taylor Branch 


Michele Norris

Author of the best-selling memoir, “Grace of Silence”, and NPR Host Special Correspondent.

Read more about Michele Norris


Jessica Jackley

Author of “Clay Water Brick” and co-founder of KIVA, the world’s most successful micro-lending site.

Read more about Jessica Jackley 


Video Archives Compliments of Media Edge

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, recorded November 2017
Standard https://archive.org/details/MediaEdge655
High definition https://archive.org/details/SavingTheHeartAndSoulOfOurDemocracy

David Archambault, recorded September 2017

Eugene Robinson, recorded November 2016

Barry Scheck, recorded September 2016

Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal, recorded September 2015

Angela Davis, recorded December 2014

Dr. Joycelyn Elders, recorded September 2014

Rev. Frank Schaefer, recorded May 2014

Chris Hedges, recorded November 2013

Moris Dees, recorded September 2013

Naomi Tutu, recorded March 2012

Rabbi Michael Lerner, recorded February 2012

Amy Goodman, recorded January 2012

Daniel Ellsberg, recorded September 2011

updated 5.24.2018

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