EVENT:  Janet Napolitano, the University of California’s 20th president, will deliver the annual Peltason Lecture at UC Irvine. Appointed in 2013 after serving as secretary of Homeland Security under President Barack Obama, she leads a university system comprising 10 campuses, five medical centers, three affiliated national laboratories, and a statewide agriculture and natural resources program. The University of California has more than 234,000 students, about 208,000 faculty and staff, more than 1.6 million living alumni and an annual operating budget in excess of $24 billion.

WHEN/WHERE:  3 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, Crystal Cove Auditorium, UC Irvine Student Center (grid D5, bldg. 113 on campus map)

INFORMATION:  Media planning to attend should contact Heather Ashbach at 949-824-1577 or hashbach@uci.edu. The lecture is free and open to the public. RSVPs by May 1 are required for attendance. Check-in for the event will begin at 2:15 p.m. Identification matching the reserved name is necessary for entry. There will be no re-entry allowed once admitted into the auditorium. Backpacks and camera equipment are subject to search. Media will not be permitted to roam during the event; photographers must have reserved seats. Parking is available for $10 in the Student Center Parking Structure (grid C5, bldg. SCPS). For more information or to RSVP, contact Shani Brasier at 949-824-2904 or sbrasier@uci.edu.

BACKGROUND:  Napolitano’s visit is sponsored by the UC Irvine Center for the Study of Democracy. Its annual Peltason Lecture was established in 1999 to honor Jack Peltason and his wife, Suzanne. Peltason was the 16th president of the University of California (1992-95) and UC Irvine’s second chancellor (1984-92).