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Programming Distinguished Speakers at University of California, Davis

Dave programmed eleven seasons of the Distinguished Speakers Series at UC Davis, making him the most experienced lecture programmer in the region. He was President, 2009-2010, of THE Forum, an international consortium of lecture presenters. Dave programmed a series pairing visiting artists with faculty for the Forum@MC and created  the Backstage Bookclub. Featured speaker at Western Arts Alliance six times.

“Dave Webb programmed Mondavi Center’s Distinguished Speakers Series for 11 seasons, longer than anyone else in the department’s history. In bringing speakers with panache, intellect and celebrity— ranging from President William Clinton to Toni Morrison, from Dr. Jane Goodall to Salman Rushdie, from Bob Woodward to Terry Gross— Dave demonstrated both a keen grasp of the speaker’s circuit and of our audience, assembling a series that was consistently one of Mondavi Center’s best-sellers, and one that helped brand Mondavi Center not only as a place of the arts, but of ideas.”
Brian McCurdy, Former Executive Director, 
Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis

 

 

 

LECTURERS

Andrew Weil
Anna Deavere Smith
Anne Fadiman
Anne Lamott
Arianna Huffington
Azar Nafisi
Beck Weathers
Bob Arnot/ Joseph Wilson
Bob Woodward
Christopher Gardner
Cornel West
David Plouffe
Dr. James Watson
E.O. Wilson
Eric Weiner
Garrison Keillor
George Mitchell
Harry Wu
Ira Glass
Ishmael Beah
Jane Alexander
Jane Goodall
Janet Reno
Jared Diamond
Jeffrey Toobin
Jehan Sadat
John Cleese
Jonathan Kozol
Karen Hughes
Ken Burns
Khaled Hosseini
Kim Phuc
Kweisi Mfume
Lech Walesa
Luis Urrea
Michael Chabon
Michael Moore
Michael Pollan
Mira Nair
Nina Totenberg
P.J. O’Rourke
Paul Haggis
Paul Rusesabagina
Richard Florida
Robert Ballard
Rubin “Hurricane” Carter
Salman Rushdie
Senator John Edwards
Senator Robert Dole
Seymour Hersh
Sherman Alexie
Sister Helen Prejean
Stephen Hawking
Steven Pinker
Susan Faludi
Terry Gross
Tom Wolfe
Toni Morrison
Tony Kushner/Frank Rich
Tracy Kidder
William Clinton

ARTISTS

Adam Neiman
Ali Akbar Kahn
Altan
Anton Barachovsky
Australian Chamber Orch
Baaba Maal
Ballet Folklorico Veracruz
BeauSoleil
Joshua Bell/ Edgar   Meyer/Bush/Marshall
Bill Harley
Carolyn Wonderland
Chameleons
Children of Uganda
Christian McBride
Claire Bloom
David SedarisDel Castillo
Dianne Reeves
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Drummers W Africa
El Vez
Emerson String Quartet
Fiesta Navidad
Frederica von Stade
Geno Delafose
Gizmo Guys
Gospel Hummingbirds
Grupo Fantasma
Hayes/Cahill
Hilary Hahn
House of Blues
Il Giardino Armonico
Inti-Illimani
Josh Kornbluth
Kaila Flexer & 3rd Ear
Kitka/Linda Tillery
Les Ballets Africains
Lincoln Center Jazz
Magic School Bus
Mark O’Connor
Mavis Staples
McCoy Tyner/JohsuaRedman
Mimi Stillman
Miro String Quartet
Nat’l Symphony Orch
Nnenna Freelon
Paco de Lucia Sextet
Parsons Dance Co
Perla Batalla
Philip GlassPhoebe Snow
Pickle Family Circus
Psychograss
Puente/Sandoval/Sanchez
Royal Philharmonic
Salif Keita
Sidestepper
Solas
Sotavento
Spalding Gray
Street Sounds
Susana Baca
Tarika
Taylor TwoTcheka
The Persuasions
Trinity Irish Dance
Vienna Choir Boys
Vinicius Cantuaria
Zap Mama