The Jontz 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.
Our 2010 Jontz Lecture occurred on Thursday, June 10, 2010. With President Obama signing the historic health care reform bill on March 23, 2010, ADA Education Fund focused the lecture on “Health Care: Here’s How We Got Here and Here’s Where We Go Next.” Moderator Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) led speakers Ms. Karen Davis, President, The Commonwealth Fund; Mr. Richard Kirsch, Consultant, Health Care for America Now; and Mr. Gerry Shea, Executive Assistant to the President for External Affairs, AFL-CIO. The insightful and lively panel discussed the recent Health Care legislation and the path taken to reach this historic milestone.