Every year the Matsui Center invites a distinguished former Member of Congress to the Berkeley campus for the Matsui Lectureship (alternating between Republicans and Democrats). During their residency, the Matsui Lecturer meets with students, faculty and researchers, speaks to classes, participates in the intellectual life of the Matsui Center and the Cal campus, and is the featured speaker at a major public event on critical issues of the day.
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen was elected to represent Florida's 27th congressional district in 1989, becoming the first Cuban American elected to Congress. She served as Chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee from 2011 to 2013. A leading Republican moderate, Ros-Lehtinen was ranked the most bipartisan House Republican during the 115th United States Congress, according to The Lugar Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy's Bipartisan Index. She chose not to seek re-election in 2018 and left office in 2019.
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 Rarick, director of the Robert T. Matsui Center for Politics and Public Service.