The Matsui Lecture is delivered each year by a distinguished former Member of Congress who spends a week in residency on the Berkeley campus. During the residency, in addition to delivering the primary public lecture, the Lecturer also speaks to classes, meets with students, and generally participates in the intellectual life of the Matsui Center and the Cal campus.
During his 26 years in Congress and subsequent service as president of the Asia Foundation, Rep. Douglas Bereuter confronted issues of global poverty, food production, and sustainability.
Lecture by Former Minnesota Congressman James Oberstar
Sponsored by the Robert T. Matsui Center for Politics and Public Service
Co-sponsored with the Institute of Transportation Studies.
The Honorable Michael G. Oxley delivered the third Matsui Lecture in April of 2011.
Former Congressman Victor H. Fazio delivered the 2009–10 Matsui Lecture, “How Congress Works: Lessons from the Health Care Debate” on November 3, 2009.
Congressman James Leach came to campus during the 2008 school year to serve as the Inaugural Matsui Lecturer. Congressman Leach served 15 terms representing Iowa's 1st and 2nd districts from 1976-2007.