Please check back for information about upcoming events in the spring 2019 semester!

Friday, January 30, 2015
1:00pm to 6:00pm
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Update: Conference video is now available -- see the Event Videos tab below. This two-day conference brings together California’s political community – including practitioners, scholars, journalists, and students – to examine the largest and most important American campaigns after presidential contests. This year, IGS will...
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
4:00pm to 5:30pm
The Harold Smith Defense & National Security Series focuses on U.S. defense policies with emphasis on the control and management of nuclear weapons. The series welcomes Pulitzer-Prize winning historian Professor David M. Kennedy on November 12. Reflecting his interdisciplinary training in American Studies, which...
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Tuesday, November 4, 2014 5:00pm
Join your fellow political junkies to watch the returns on a big screen. Who will win the close Oakland Mayor's race? Will the Republicans take over the Senate? Can Neal Kasharki overcome his 35+ point deficit to beat Governor Jerry Brown? Let's find out together!
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Monday, October 20, 2014 4:00pm
Californians will soon be going to the polls to select their governor for the next four years. Whether the winner is Jerry Brown or Neel Kashkari, the next governor will face challenges such as an uncertain fiscal future for the state, a struggling system of public education, the latest battle in California’s water wars,...
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Friday, October 17, 2014 4:00pm
With the House securely in the hands of the Republicans, polls are showing that the Republicans might eke out control of the Senate as well. The fate of many incredibly close races across the country will decide the future of the Senate this November. This program brings together leading Political Scientists to explore...
Thursday, October 16, 2014
4:00pm to 5:30pm
The Harold Smith Defense & National Security Series focuses on U.S. defense policies with emphasis on the control and management of nuclear weapons. The series welcomes General Kevin Chilton on October 16. General Chilton completed a thirty-four-and-a-half-year Air Force career as Commander of U.S. Strategic Command...
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014 1:00pm
A one-day conference examining the first year national experience with the implementation of the health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act. The goal of this event will be to gather leading health care reform policy experts to review the national and California experience with the first year rollout of...
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Thursday, October 2, 2014
4:00pm to 5:30pm
*Please register. Registration is at the bottom right-hand side of this page. Three years ago, Jean Quan won the Oakland mayoral race thanks in part to Instant-Runoff Voting (IRV). Also known as Ranked Choice Voting, this system introduces an entirely different strategy. IRV eliminates primaries and instead has voters rank...
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014
6:00pm to 9:00pm
Join for a special screening on the Berkeley campus of the Blueberry Soup film tour on September 17, featuring a conversation with documentary filmmaker Eileen Jerrett. The Wilma's Wish Productions film is a documentary about grassroots constitutionalism as it documents how Iceland drafted a revised national constitution...
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014
4:00pm to 5:30pm
From the bestselling author of Nixonland : a dazzling portrait of America on the verge of a nervous breakdown in the tumultuous political and economic times of the 1970s. In January of 1973 Richard Nixon announced the end of the Vietnam War and prepared for a triumphant second term—until televised Watergate hearings...
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 (All day) to Thursday, June 26, 2014 (All day)
Kenneth Pettersen, visiting scholar at IGS this semester, will be hosting a research workshop with participants from Norway and the US June 25-26. The workshop is part of the REALTRANS project and financed by the Norwegian Research Council’s TRANSIKK program. The REALTRANS project is concerned with the relationship between...
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Friday, May 9, 2014 (All day)
This one-day conference aims to present and explain cross-national divergences and convergences in Canadian and US public opinion on issues of domestic policy and politics, with particular attention to energy and the environment, health insurance and social benefits, and immigration and diversity policies. Registration for...
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
6:00pm to 9:00pm
The IGS National Advisory Council will feature Mark Shields at its annual Salon Dinner on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Julia Morgan Ballroom of the Merchants Exchange Building (15th floor) in San Francisco. Shields' keynote talk, called "Insight Washington," will focus on national politics, the...
Thursday, May 1, 2014
9:00am to 4:00pm
With tuition rising fast and state budgets perpetually crunched, universities are facing intense public scrutiny about the value they deliver to their students and to the public. How should we conceptualize the mission and obligations of universities? Do public universities hold a unique public trust, and has this eroded...
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
5:00pm to 6:00pm
Public Address by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada Registration is required. To register, please click here . This event is sponsored by the Consulate General of Canada San Francisco and Silicon Valley, the UC Berkeley Canadian Studies Program, the UC Berkeley Institute of...
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Friday, April 25, 2014
1:00pm to 5:00pm
In 2010, California radically changed its electoral system, switching to a nonpartisan structure in which voters are free to vote for any candidate, regardless of party. The two top vote-getters advance from the first round to the second, even if they are members of the same party. Reformers argued that the new system...

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