Since 1982 guest lectures have been sponsored by the Maricopa County Community College District. It is one of many educational programs offered to the students, faculty, and the general public as a community service. 

The Maricopa Community Colleges Honors Forum Lecture Series brings in distinguished national and local speakers and leaders for engaging discussions around current topics and issues that impact Maricopa students and the greater community. The theme for 2016-2017 lecture series is:  Democracy in Action.   

All the Honors Forum lectures are free admission, general seating, and open to the public.  The evening lectures are held on dates below from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at Phoenix College Bulpitt Auditorium. The campus is located at 1202 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85013.

2016-2017 Honors Forum Guest Speakers

Kevin Powell 

  • Wednesday, September 21, 2016 
  • Writer, humanitarian, and President of BK Nation, Kevin Powell is one of the most acclaimed political, cultural, literary and hip-hop voices in America today. Mr. Powell is a native of Jersey City, raised by a single mother in extreme poverty, but managed to study at Rutgers University in New Brunswick thanks to New Jersey’s Educational Opportunity Fund. He is the author of 12 books, including his newest title, The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy’s Journey into Manhood. It is a critically acclaimed and brutally honest memoir about his life, including his youth.  Full Bio

Patricia Ferguson-Bohnee 

  • Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 
  • Professor Ferguson-Bohnee is the Director of the Indian Legal Clinic, Faculty Director of the Indian Legal Program, and Clinical Professor of Law, at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.  She has substantial experience in Indian law, election law and voting rights, and status clarification for tribes.  She has assisted in complex voting rights litigation on behalf of tribes, and has drafted amicus briefs to the United States Supreme Court for tribal clients with respect to voting rights issues. Full Bio

Erika Andiola 

  • Wednesday, February 15, 2017
  • Erika Andiola's personal struggle as an undocumented woman has given her the drive and the passion to keep fighting for immigrant and human rights.  Ms. Andiola is an Arizona State University honors graduate, who unfortunately lost scholarships due to her undocumented status.  She is the co-founder of the Dream Action Coalition and the Arizona Dream Act Coalition.  In addition, Erika served as a congressional staffer for Arizona Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema and mostly recently served as the national press secretary for Latino outreach for the Bernie Sanders 2016 presidential campaign. Full Bio

Neil Giuliano 

  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017
  • Neil Giuliano serves as the President/CEO of Greater Phoenix Leadership (GPL), which serves as a forum for corporate leadership to collaborate with the government, education, and philanthropy sectors to create and sustain a safe, healthy, and prosperous community. Prior to returning to Arizona with the GPL, Mr. Giuliano served as the CEO of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, one of the largest AIDS service organizations in the world, from 2010-2015. He also served as president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and executive producer of GLAAD Media Awards from 2005-2009.   Full Bio

For more information about the current honors forum series, visit: https://mcli.maricopa.edu/honors  

The DVDs for all the speakers are in the Libraries on both campuses. There are also some copies available for check out in the Honors Office at the Southern and Dobson Campus. If you check these out, please be considerate of others and return them as quickly as possible.