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Matsui Forum
Thursday, September 8, 2011 4:00pm
A decade after the deadliest terrorist attack in American history, we look back to see what has changed as a result of 9/11 – and what changes might still be coming. Did 9/11 make us more assertive as a nation or more fearful? Did our response in Afghanistan and Iraq make us safer or more at risk? How did things change...
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...
Monday, March 14, 2011 7:00pm
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Halfway through his term, how do we assess the presidency of Barack Obama? How did he deal with the economic and foreign policy dilemmas he inherited? How did his election change the dynamics of both parties? And in the wake of the mid-term elections, how should he seek to lead the country for the remaining two years of...
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
4:00pm to 6:00pm
The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) gives all member countries the "inalienable right" to nuclear power for peaceful purposes. With the spread of nuclear power, however, comes the spread of sensitive nuclear technology and material that can be applied to the development of nuclear weapons or be exploited for nuclear...
Monday, November 15, 2010
12:00pm to 1:30pm
The tech industry has often asserted that the foreign nationals they sponsor for immigration or work visas are "the best and the brightest." Some are indeed brilliant, but what about the group as a whole? This talk will present an analysis of the extent to which the assertion is true, based on salaries, patent production,...
Thursday, November 4, 2010
12:00pm to 1:30pm
In what is arguably the most globalized industry and labor market in the world, merchant shipping, it is a curious fact that nearly one out of every three workers at sea are from a single country – the Philippines. Over 375,000 Filipinos ply the world's oceans as engine room oilers, deck hands, cabin cleaners and junior...
Thursday, October 14, 2010
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Former Secretary of Defense William Perry will be present to talk about and screen the film "Nuclear Tipping Point." He will also be taking questions from the audience. The film features a conversation with four men intimately involved in American diplomacy and national security over the last four decades: former Secretary...
Matsui Forum
Monday, September 20, 2010 4:00pm
Whoever wins the November election, California's next governor will take over a state with chronic budget deficits, immense policy challenges, and a system of governance that many view as broken. What should the new governor do? Tackle the budget deficits by cutting spending or raising taxes? Try to create a more stable...
Monday, April 12, 2010 7:00pm
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After 15 months in office, how has President Obama responded to the historic opportunity that greeted his arrival in the White House? Has he responded adequately to an economy in crisis? Has he moved fast enough to fulfill his campaign promise on Iraq? What about the other foreign policy challenges he has faced? And how...
Thursday, March 18, 2010
6:00pm to 9:00pm
The IGS National Advisory Council will feature David Gergen and Peter Hart at its Salon Dinner on Thursday, March 18, 2010 from 6 to 9:00 p.m. in the Julia Morgan Ballroom of the Mercantile Exchange Building (15th floor) in San Francisco. David Gergen is Senior Political Analyst at CNN and Professor of Public Service at...
Friday, March 12, 2010 8:30am to Saturday, March 13, 2010 3:15pm
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North American Futures - Conference Summary by Jeremy Kinsman Overview North America has long set the world standard for economic leadership and civic engagement. A common, often shared approach between Canada and the U.S. has proven historically a strong asset; there is a mutual exchange that takes place in the larger...
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
4:00pm to 6:00pm
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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.
Matsui Forum
Monday, April 27, 2009 (All day)
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The 2008 presidential election has seen an unprecedented surge in the registration of young voters, a group that has often been disengaged from politics. Will young people remain engaged in politics beyond this election cycle? What can be done to encourage young people to stay involved in politics? What difference might it...
Monday, April 20, 2009 7:00pm
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Barack Obama is a historic president who took office at a historic moment, amid an economic crisis at home and a lingering war abroad. After exactly three months in office, our panel of experts assesses the new administration. What has the president accomplished? Where has he failed? And has he laid the groundwork for a...
Thursday, January 1, 2009
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Thomas Sugrue , Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North
Friday, June 6, 2008 (All day)
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This conference on the thirtieth anniversary of the passage of California's Proposition 13 examines the political, economic, and fiscal legacy of this revolutionary amendment to the state constitution. Proposition 13 imposed a 1% cap on the local property tax rate for Californians and launched a national tax revolt...