Four More Years: A Look At Obama’s Re-election and Second Term

obamaEvery year, the Matsui Center combines with IGS, UC-Berkeley Extension, and student political groups to co-sponsor an examination of the presidency. This year’s event will look at both the 2012 election and the prospects for President Obama’s second term. It’s cosponsored with the Cal Democrats and the Berkeley College Republicans — two student groups that the Matsui Center works with regularly.

Monday, April 15, 2013
7:30 pm to 9:00pm
Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley campus


Mark Barabak
National political writer
Los Angeles Times

Tammy Frisby
Research Fellow
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Jennifer Granholm
Former Governor
State of Michigan

Lynn Vavreck
Associate Professor of Political Science

Interested in reading up on presidential second terms before you come to the panel discussion? Here are some ideas:

At the start of the second term in January, the Washington Post offered an overview.

The Christian Science Monitor examined the history of presidential second terms.

The National Journal explored the issues that will face the country in the next few years.

In The Atlantic, legal scholar Akhil Reed Amar looked at the lessons of the past.

In The American Prospect, Paul Starr assessed the president’s prospects for moving forward on major issues.

In The Weekly Standard, Fred Barnes was doubtful about the President’s second-term performance.


Can the World Feed 9 Billion People? video now online!


Congressman Bereuter delivered the Matsui Lecture on March 13, 2013

Congressman Bereuter delivered the Matsui Lecture on March 13, 2013

Missed Congressman Bereuter’s lecture, Can the World Feed 9 Billion People? A Global Agricultural Development Initiative? You’re in luck! A video from the event is now available on YouTube.




Local Government Fellow to work for Santa Ana Councilmember

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Daniel Tuchler

We’re happy to announce that Local Government Fellow Daniel Tuchler has secured a summer internship in Santa Ana Councilman Sal Tinajero’s office. Elected in November 2006, Tinajero represents the sixth ward of the city. He previously served on the Santa Ana Unified School District board.

Congratulations Daniel!

Local Government Fellows 2013

Daniel, Tyler and Grecia chat with director Ethan Rarick

We are thrilled to name four local government fellows this year-Maria Buxton, Grecia Elenes, Tyler Hill and Daniel Tuchler. Tuesday we hosted brunch in their honor for three of the fellows in the Matsui Center Study Room.

Though we missed Maria, who is studying abroad in Bordeaux, France, it was great to chat with fellows informally. Looking forward to seeing where they all end up interning this summer.

Cal-in-Sacramento Fellows Line Up Internships

The 2013 Cal-in-Sacramento Fellows on the floor of the state Senate with Sen. Dick Ackerman, one of the Matsui Center Legislators-in-Residence.

The 2013 Cal-in-Sacramento Fellows on the floor of the state Senate with Sen. Dick Ackerman, one of the Matsui Center Legislators-in-Residence.

More than half of this year’s Cal-in-Sacramento Fellows already have internships lined up for the summer. Where will they be working? So far, the list includes Democrats and Republicans in the Legislature, the office of State Treasurer Bill Lockyer, the California Department of Justice, and more! We’ll post a complete list later this spring before the students go to Sacramento. But for now — congratulations to the Fellows who already have jobs lined up!

Cal-in-Sac Fellows in Print

op-ed imageFormer Cal-in-Sacramento Fellow Shawn Lewis published an op-ed in the Daily Cal about a bill to freeze UC tuition. Earlier this semester, current Cal-in-Sac Fellow Connor Grubaugh wrote in the Sacramento Bee about the role Karl Rove should or shouldn’t play in the Republican Party.

Congratulations to Shawn and Connor!

Congressman Douglas Bereuter


Congressman Douglas Bereuter

Congressman Douglas Bereuter delivering the 2012-2013 Matsui Lecture.

As the world population approaches 9 billion by 2050 and demand for food rises, tackling food security and sustainability is one of the most critical challenges. In Asia editor Alma Freeman spoke with former Asia Foundation president and member of Congress, Douglas Bereuter, well known for his global hunger and agriculture initiatives, ahead of his talk on this topic that he presented today, March 13, at the annual Matsui Lecture at the University of California Berkeley. Read more here.