Bakersfield College

Distinguished Speaker Series

BCSGA and the Office of Student Life would like to invite you to attend one or all of this year’s Distinguished Speaker Series events.

The Bakersfield College Distinguished Speaker Series brings community leaders from around the world to Bakersfield whose achievements have had national and/or international significance. Each speaker was proposed to BCSGA by either a department or a faculty member. Collaboration between many entities on campus make these events successful each year!

The events are free and open to the public. All events this year are scheduled to be via Zoom on a virtual platform. Closed captioning will be available at each event.

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BC is proud to announce and welcome to campus this series of speakers. Most presentations will take place online live via Zoom and BCSGA Facebook.

Rob Reiner

Actor | Filmmaker | Activist


Rob Reiner first came to fame as a two-time Emmy Award winning actor on the landmark television series All In the Family. He went on to become an acclaimed director of some of the most popular and influential motion pictures. His work ranges from the satire This Is Spinal Tap to dramas like Stand By Me, Misery, A Few Good Men, and Ghosts of Mississippi to romantic comedies like When Harry Met Sally, to the enduring uncharacteristic The American President, to The Princess Bride. His now 20 films also include The Bucket List, Flipped, LBJ starring Woody Harrelson and most recently Shock and Awe, about the run up to the war in Iraq, also starring Woody Harrelson, Tommy Lee Jones, Jessica Biel, James Marsden, and Reiner himself.

In his speaking events, Reiner discusses the enduring legacy of his work, from the revived cultural relevance of All in the Family to the perpetual popularity of many of his films. An outspoken political activist and co-founder of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, Reiner is a frequent speaker at rallies and live events, addressing topical issues, including domestic violence, healthcare, education, substance abuse, and our current political division.

Reiner is also a dedicated political activist. In California in 1998 he passed a tobacco tax initiative to fund early childhood development. And for seven years he chaired California’s First Five Commission to oversee the implementation of the initiative. In 2003 he led the effort to save Ahmanson Ranch from an environmentally harmful development in the Santa Monica Mountains. He and his wife, Michele helped form The American Foundation for Equal Rights, which filed a federal lawsuit to overturn California’s Prop 8. Their victory at the Supreme Court paved the way for marriage equality nationwide.

Recently he’s been outspoken through Twitter, Mini Doc videos and appearances on news broadcasts about Donald Trump’s toxic presidency and the fight to protect our democracy.

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Faculty Coordinator: Reggie Williams Professor of Philosophy and Director of Levan Center for the Humanities.