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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Meet our new Washington Fellows

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Last week we co-hosted a reception with the Center on Civility & Democratic Engagement to honor our fall 2013 Washington Fellows. Congratulations to Trinh Nguyen and Tara Yarlagadda!

 2013 Fall Washington Fellows, Trinh Nguyen and Tara Yarlagadda


2013 Fall Washington Fellows, Trinh Nguyen and Tara Yarlagadda

Secretary of State Debra Bowen Visits Cal-in-Sac

On Wednesday, May 1 the Cal-in-Sacramento students welcomed California Secretary of State Debra Bowen into their class. The Secretary discussed her responsibilities in her current position as well as life in the legislature. She also stressed the importance of teaching young children about the principles of democracy, as modeled by other countries.

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

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.

Congressman Douglas Bereuter

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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.