Department ofPolitical Science


The Affordable Care Act – Repeal, Replace or Gridlock?

The first student program in the twentieth annual Leon Panetta 2017 Lecture Series presented by the Panetta Institute for Public Policy. This year’s theme is The Trump Presidency and the Future of America. The lecture series is open to all Santa Clara University students.

The first lecture, The Affordable Care Act – Repeal, Replace or Gridlock?, will be held on Monday, March 6, 2016 and will feature Bobby Jindal, governor of Louisiana (2008-2016) and 2016 candidate for president; and Chris Jennings, deputy assistant to the President for health policy (2013-2014) and senior health advisor to the president (1994-2001). Leon Panetta, chairman of the Panetta Institute, former secretary of defense and former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, will moderate the discussion.

Bobby Jindal
Bobby Jindal
Leon Panetta
Leon Panetta
Chris Jennings
Chris Jennings


These afternoon student programs will begin with registration at 12:15 p.m. at the Golden Bough Playhouse in Carmel (Directions and parking information will be sent separately.) 


At 1:00 p.m., a Panetta Institute professor will facilitate an academic exercise focusing on the lecture topic until 2:15 p.m.  This session informs students about the issues to be discussed and encourages them to develop questions and comments for interactive dialogue with the speakers.  After a fifteen-minute break, the lecture begins at 2:30 p.m., with the guest speakers and Secretary Panetta presenting a discussion amongst themselves.  During the second half they will answer the students’ questions.  The program will end at 4:00 p.m.


All students who wish to participate must be pre-registered by emailing Pandora Fontes by February 24th.

A selected and small number of students will attend the evening program to represent the entire student group that participated in the afternoon event. These students must have transportation in order to attend. The Panetta Institute will provide dinner prior to the evening lecture. 

Please RSVP to Pandora the following:

1. Would like to attend the Afternoon session

2. Would like to attend the Evening session

3. Can drive, if so, how many students can you take

4. Need a ride