Congressman Jim Oberstar spends a week in residence

Oberstar with students
October 23, 2012

Last week, the Matsui Center at IGS welcomed a special guest—Congressman James "Jim" Oberstar—to give the annual Matsui Lecture and spend a week in residence meeting with students, staff and faculty on campus. 

Congressman Oberstar served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1975-2011, Representing Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District. During his long service, Oberstar cultivated a reputation for substantive policy making—especially with regard to transportation issues. 

"He is the kind of person we like to have come," said Ethan Rarick, the Director of the Matsui Center. "He was a very distinguished member, with a very long service and known as a substantive member." 

Oberstar's visit included speaking in a number of large political science classes, meeting with smaller groups of undergraduate and graduate students and of course delivering the Matsui Lecture. 

Congresswoman Doris Matsui from Sacramento came to the lecture to introduce her old friend, who had served with her and her husband before her (the Matsui Center’s namesake Robert T. Matsui) in Congress. 

"My friend, and former colleague, Jim Oberstar has been an absolute friend to me," said Matsui, as she introduced him to the audience before his talk. "He is an expert on transportation," she continued. "I learned so much from him, that was really so important for my role in Sacramento." 

In case you missed the lecture, we posted a video of his talk—The Seeds of Our 21st Century Transportation Network: A Retrospective of Sixty Years of Policymaking—on our website. 

Please let us know what you think of it, and reserve March 10-16, 2013 on your calendars. We’ve already secured the next Matsui Lecturer—Congressman Doug Bereuter, an expert on Asian-American relations.