The Matsui Center Welcomes Ellen Tauscher as its 2013 Matsui Lecturer

Every year, The Matsui Center hosts a distinguished former Member of Congress for a week long residency at UC Berkeley. During this week, The Matsui Lecturer speaks to classes, meets with students, and generally participates in the intellectual life of the Matsui Center and the Cal campus. He or she also delivers a primary lecture to the UC Berkeley community and the general public.

This year, we are happy tImageo welcome Ellen Tauscher, former member of Congress and former Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs. Her residency will begin on October 28, and over the course of the week she will be meeting with students and faculty to talk about issues ranging from health care to business and, of course, politics. Her primary lecture will focus on arms negotiations with Russia, and will take place on October 30, from 4-5:30 pm at the Banatao Auditorium at UC Berkeley. You can register for that event today.

Stay tuned for updates from this exciting week!

Dan Balz Speaks to UCB Poli-Sci Class

Obama felt that if he lost the 2012 election, everything that he had worked for would be gone. – Dan Balz, Oct. 7 Matsui Lecture

On Monday, October 7, Washington Post political columnist Dan Balz spoke to a packed room of UC Berkeley political science students and members of the general public, as part of the Matsui Lecture Series. The discussion ranged from the rough-and-tumble of the 2012 election to the hyper-polarization of the current political climate.

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Missed Four More Years?: Obama’s Re-election and the Prospects for a Second Term back in April or just want to see it again? UCTV will be airing the panel beginning June 3! For a full schedule and to see other IGS videos, visit UCTV.

Panelists l-r: Tammy Frisby, Jennifer Granholm, Mark Barabak, Lynn Vavreck and moderator Ethan Rarick

Panelists l-r: Tammy Frisby, Jennifer Granholm, Mark Barabak, Lynn Vavreck and moderator Ethan Rarick

Keynote Speakers Announced for California: Are we Back?

Duf Sundheim, former Chair of the California Republican Party and John Burton, Chair of the California Democratic Party will serve as speakers during the conference’s keynote session. Titled What’s Next for California Politics?, the two party chairmen will discuss where the state is headed politically. The conversation will be moderated by News10’s John Myers.

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John Burton

John Burton

Watch Now! The Annual Review of the Presidency

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Earlier in the week, our Annual Review of the Presidency took place. A stellar group of panelists engaged in a thought-provoking debate, touching on everything from Obama’s campaign organization, to Romney’s candidacy and the likelihood of a Hillary Clinton run in 2016.Though the house was packed, we know some who wanted to attend were unable to do so. The video has just gone live on YouTube, so check it out:

Annual Review of the Presidency Follow Up

Thanks to all who attended Four More Years: Obama’s Re-Election and the Prospects for a Second Term! A packed house was treated to a lively discussion about the 2012 election and the future of President Obama’s tenure.

Panelists l-r: Tammy Frisby, Jennifer Granholm, Mark Barabak, Lynn Vavreck and moderator Ethan Rarick

Panelists l-r: Tammy Frisby, Jennifer Granholm, Mark Barabak, Lynn Vavreck and moderator Ethan Rarick