Each year, the Matsui Forum addresses a topic of public importance to California and the nation. This annual program, featuring a distinguished panel of scholars and practitioners, seeks to educate and inspire Cal students about some of the most important issues of our day. Past Matsui Forum topics have included the importance of young voters in American politics, the future agenda of California’s leaders, the legacy of 9/11, and the changing role of technology in political campaigns.

Past Events

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Monday, October 1, 2012
4:00pm to 5:30pm
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Is social media changing politics? How are politicians using social media to communicate with voters? How are voters using it to communicate with politicians? Do new technologies mean that information moves faster than ever before – and is that good or bad? Is more information available to more people, or does the use of...
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Thursday, September 8, 2011 4:00pm
A decade after the deadliest terrorist attack in American history, we look back to see what has changed as a result of 9/11 – and what changes might still be coming. Did 9/11 make us more assertive as a nation or more fearful? Did our response in Afghanistan and Iraq make us safer or more at risk? How did things change...
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Monday, September 20, 2010 4:00pm
Whoever wins the November election, California's next governor will take over a state with chronic budget deficits, immense policy challenges, and a system of governance that many view as broken. What should the new governor do? Tackle the budget deficits by cutting spending or raising taxes? Try to create a more stable...
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Monday, April 27, 2009 (All day)
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The 2008 presidential election has seen an unprecedented surge in the registration of young voters, a group that has often been disengaged from politics. Will young people remain engaged in politics beyond this election cycle? What can be done to encourage young people to stay involved in politics? What difference might it...