Please check back for upcoming events in spring 2020!

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...
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...
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...
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...
Monday, April 21, 2014
4:00pm to 5:30pm
Peter Schuck discusses his new book on the frequent failures of government, and how they can be avoided in the future. In Why Government Fails So Often: And How It Can Do Better , Schuck argues that Washington's failures are due not to episodic problems or partisan bickering, but rather to deep structural flaws that...
Friday, April 11, 2014
12:00pm to 2:00pm
Please join IGS in celebrating Fred Martin Jr.'s publication of Abraham Lincoln's Path to Reelection in 1864: Our Greatest Victory . This special book talk will include an inside look at the book's genesis, as well as a discussion with Martin on his longstanding interest in Abraham Lincoln and his scholarly contributions...
Thursday, April 10, 2014
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Join a panel of experts as they review the dynamic Ukrainian – Russian Crisis and look at the implications. Moderator: Jack Citrin - Director, Institute of Governmental Studies M. Steven Fish - Professor of Political Science Jeremy Kinsman - Former Canadian Ambassador to Russia, Resident International Scholar, IGS Edward...
Monday, April 7, 2014
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Event has video
President Obama has governed during a turbulent era in American foreign policy. The Obama Administration has dealt with the winding down of war in Iraq, the escalation of war in Afghanistan, the continued campaign against terrorism, the convulsions of the Arab Spring and Syria, the tensions of a frayed relationship with...
Thursday, March 20, 2014
3:00pm to 5:00pm
In this afternoon symposium, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, CITRIS Data and Democracy Faculty Director Ken Goldberg, and a panel of experts will discuss the results of a new online platform developed to increase public engagement and help leaders at all levels stay informed about the changing opinions and priorities of their...
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Please join us for a roundtable lunch with James Kariuki, the UK Ambassador in Washington's chief political, economic and communications adviser. He will talk about a range of issues. Lunch will be provided. The event will be held on Tuesday, March 18 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in 223 Moses Hall. Please RSVP by Friday,...
Baxter Liberty Initiative
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
4:15pm to 7:00pm
The Baxter Liberty Initiative is a program in Berkeley’s Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science, established by UC Berkeley Foundation Trustee Frank Baxter. Each lecture features an intellectual leader whose expertise and scholarship focuses on the ideal of freedom in political and economic life...
Thursday, March 6, 2014
4:00pm to 5:30pm
Philip E. Coyle is a recognized expert on U.S. and worldwide military research, development and testing, on operational military matters, and on national security policy and defense spending. Read Coyle's "Back to the Drawing Board: The Need for Sound Science in U.S. Missile Defense" article here . The Harold Smith Defense...
Thursday, March 6, 2014
12:00pm to 1:45pm
This paper explores the politics surrounding the proposed Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta, Canada to the US Gulf Coast. It highlights the importance of political institutions and the failure of those institutions to include environmental opponents to oil/tar sands exploitation in decision-making. Speaker: Ian Urquhart:...
Friday, February 28, 2014 4:00pm
Please join us to honor the 2013-2014 recipients of the Charles H. Percy Undergraduate Grant for Public Affairs Research and the Mike Synar Graduate Research Fellowship .
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 5:30pm
Join the Cal Dems, Berkeley College Republicans and the Matsui Center to watch the State of the Union address live in the IGS Library. Snacks will be provided.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Admiral Richard W. Mies completed a distinguished 35-year career in the US Navy. He commanded US Strategic Command for four years prior to retirement. As Commander in Chief, he was directly responsible for the command and control of the Nation’s strategic nuclear forces supporting the national security objective of...