Jim Jontz Memorial Lecture

About the Jim Jontz Memo­r­ial Lec­ture Series

The Jim Jontz Memo­r­ial Lec­ture series is an annual event hosted by the ADA Edu­ca­tion Fund hon­or­ing the life and val­ues of James “Jim” Prather Jontz.  Jontz served in the Indi­ana House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives (1974–84), Indi­ana Sen­ate (1984–86), and U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives (1986–92). He was Pres­i­dent of ADA from 1998–2002 and Pres­i­dent Emer­i­tus until his death in April 2007.

In 2003-04, he coor­di­nated ADA’s “Regime Change 2004” and “Stop Out­sourc­ing Our Future” cam­paigns to raise the vis­i­bil­ity of eco­nomic glob­al­iza­tion issues in the 2004 Pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. Whether in or out of office, his pas­sion for pro­gres­sive poli­cies never flagged.

Jontz’s mem­ory lives on through our annual lec­tures, which reflect and cel­e­brate his phi­los­o­phy of mobi­liz­ing the pub­lic for eco­nomic jus­tice through edu­ca­tion. The lec­ture series is made pos­si­ble through the Jontz Fund, a gen­er­ous memo­r­ial cre­ated by his close friends to honor his ser­vice to ADA and the ADA Edu­ca­tion Fund.


The next Jim Jontz Memo­r­ial Lec­ture will be held in June of 2014.  More details to follow.


Past Jim Jontz Memo­r­ial Lectures

June 16, 2012:  Doc­u­men­tary Screen­ing of We Are Wisconsin

Sep­tem­ber 13, 2011:  Health Care: The State Perspective

March 23, 2010:  Health Care: Here’s How We Got Here and Here’s Where We Go Next



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ADA Education Fund

The ADA Edu­ca­tion Fund is an inde­pen­dent, char­i­ta­ble entity that focuses on increas­ing pub­lic aware­ness through edu­ca­tion and com­mu­nity orga­niz­ing that builds capac­ity for change. The Ed Fund pro­duces peri­odic pol­icy briefs, hosts pro­gres­sive speak­ers on a range of issues, spon­sors advo­cacy and research fel­low­ships, and works to expand civic par­tic­i­pa­tion through com­mu­nity orga­niz­ing around eco­nomic and social jus­tice issues.