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.