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Friday, September 9, 2016
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Housed at the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, the Center for Social Ontology is the first center for the study of social ontology in the United States. In honor of the opening of the Center, Professor John Searle will give a lecture on the foundations of social ontology,...
Clinton Trump illustration montage
Thursday, September 8, 2016
4:00pm to 5:30pm
As we enter the finals months of the 2016 election, early polling shows Hillary Clinton with a substantial lead, but can she maintain this lead through Election Day? Even if Donald Trump loses, what impact will his campaign have on down-ballot races across the nation, and how will that shape the next Congress? People argue...
Game Changers book cover
Monday, April 18, 2016
4:00pm to 5:30pm
Game Changers examines California's history through the prism of twelve elections that forever changed the state. Drawing from a wealth of primary sources, including new interviews conducted by the authors, each chapter explores one election – Leland Stanford's gubernatorial race, the initiative that mandated term limits,...
photo of President Obama
Monday, April 11, 2016
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Event has video
With President Obama serving his final year in office and the campaign to replace him unfolding before us, we will examine the legacy of the Obama years and the ways in which his presidency has influenced the race to replace him. What has the Obama presidency meant to the country? Was his tenure a historic achievement in...
Plutocrats United
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
4:00pm to 5:30pm
Campaign financing is one of today’s most divisive political issues. The left asserts that the electoral process is rife with corruption. The right protests that the real aim of campaign limits is to suppress political activity and protect incumbents. Meanwhile, money flows freely on both sides. In Plutocrats United ,...
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...
Friday, February 19, 2016
4:00pm to 5:30pm
The winners of the Percy Grant and Synar Fellowship will be honored.
Why the right went wrong book cover
Thursday, February 4, 2016
3:00pm to 4:30pm
From one of the most engaging political reporters and the author of Why Americans Hate Politics ; the story of conservatism from the Goldwater 1960s to the present day Tea Party that has resulted in broken promises and an ideological purity that drives moderate Republicans away. Why the Right Went Wrong offers a historical...
When Europe Was a Prison Camp book cover
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
4:00pm to 5:30pm
In a compelling approach to storytelling, When Europe Was a Prison Camp weaves together two accounts of a family’s eventual escape from Occupied Europe. One, a memoir written by the father in 1941; the other, begun by the son in the 1980s, fills in the story of himself and his mother, supplemented by historical research...
Monday, November 2, 2015
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Event followed by a Q&A on broader regional issues. Dan Clune has been the U.S. Ambassador to Laos since 2013. Prior to this posting, he was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs for the U.S. Department of State. His other overseas...
Friday, October 30, 2015
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Jean Monnet Chair Sergio Fabbrini will discuss his recent book Which European Union? Europe After the Euro Crisis. The book uses the 'most similar cases' strategy of comparative analysis to present a systematic comparison of the EU with the US and Swiss federal unions. It also addresses the future of Europe's integration...
Canada flag
Monday, October 19, 2015 6:00pm
Join the Canadian Studies Program and the Institute of Governmental Studies the evening of Monday October 19 to view election returns from Canada. Co-Sponsored by community partners Digital Moose Lounge and the Consulate General of Canada in San Francisco. Food and Canadian wine, courtesy of the Canadian Consulate, to be...
Monday, October 12, 2015
12:00pm to 1:00pm
In recent years as a result of severe economic conditions, a number of colleges and universities and state and local governments have significantly altered the manner in which their employee retirement programs are structured and funded. Changes have included moving from defined benefit to defined contribution programs and...
Baxter Liberty Initiative
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
4:15pm to 7:00pm
The Baxter Liberty Initiative returns to campus this fall. This semester, we welcome Georgetown Law Professor Randy Barnett. The title of Professor Barnett's lecture is "Is the Constitution Libertarian?" He will be followed by a response from Professor Fred Smith, Jr. of Berkeley Law. The Baxter Liberty Initiative lecture...