Political activist Tom Hayden will speak about “Inspiring Participatory Democracy: Student and Community Movements from the 1960s to Today” during a free public lecture at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2, in Cline Library Assembly Hall.

Hayden was a leader of the student, civil rights, peace and environmental movements of the 1960s and went on to serve 18 years in the California legislature, where he chaired labor, higher education and natural resources committees.

As director for the Peace and Justice Resource Center in Culver City, Calif., Hayden organizes, travels and speaks against the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan. He also recently drafted and lobbied successfully for Los Angeles and San Francisco ordinances to end all taxpayer subsidies for sweatshops.

The author and editor of 20 books describes himself as “an archeological dig.” He has taught most recently at UCLA, Scripps College, Pitzer College, Occidental College and the Harvard Institute of Politics.

Following Hayden’s talk, undergraduate students who are engaged in NAU Action Research Teams with community partners will present on their work this semester.

The event is being hosted by the Program in Community, Culture and Environment.