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.

Past Events

Alan Simpson
Thursday, April 20, 2017
4:00pm to 5:30pm
Sen. Alan Simpson, one of America's most acute political observers, will discuss the future of American politics -- where is the country headed, and what are the implications for today's young people? Sen. Simpson, who served 18 years in the United States Senate representing Wyoming, will be "In Conversation" with Ethan...
Jane Harman
Monday, February 22, 2016
4:00pm to 5:30pm
As Americans select their next president, one of the country’s leading national security experts discusses the international threats that will confront the next occupant of the Oval Office. In conversation with Matsui Center Director Ethan Rarick, former Congresswoman Jane Harman will consider issues such as global...
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Wednesday, March 13, 2013
4:00pm to 5:30pm
Event has video
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. In this year's Matsui Lecture, he addresses these critical issues facing the United States and the world. Read more about Rep. Bereuter
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Wednesday, April 6, 2011
4:00pm to 6:00pm
The Honorable Michael G. Oxley delivered the third Matsui Lecture in April of 2011. The author of one of the most important financial regulation laws in American history -- the Sarbanes-Oxley Act -- spoke about the fiscal crashes that ended the dot-com bubble and that once again have plunged the economy into recession. A...
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Event has video
Former Congressman Victor H. Fazio delivered the 2009–10 Matsui Lecture, “How Congress Works: Lessons from the Health Care Debate” on November 3, 2009. The Matsui Lecture is delivered each year by a distinguished former member of Congress who spends a week in residency on the Berkeley campus.