Congresswoman Jane Harman to Visit Berkeley as Matsui Lecturer

Jane Harman
February 5, 2016

Former Congresswoman Jane Harman will visit Berkeley this spring to discuss international affairs as a Matsui Lecturer, the Robert T. Matsui Center for Politics and Public Service announced.

Harman, who served in the House from 1993 to 1999 and 2001 to 2011, will speak at the Matsui Lecture at 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 22, addressing “Global Threats Facing the Next President.” While at Berkeley, she will also lecture to Professor Amy Gurowitz’ class on Ethics and Justice in International Affairs.

“Congresswoman Harman’s experiences will give our students exposure to a lifetime of public service,” said Ethan Rarick, director of the Matsui Center.

Harman currently serves as Director, President and CEO of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. The Wilson Center brings together scholars and experts from around the world for research, discussion, and study.

During her nine terms in Congress representing Southern California, Harman served on all the major security committees: Armed Services, Intelligence, and Homeland Security. She was chair of the Intelligence and Terrorism Risk Assessment Subcommittee. She made numerous Congressional fact-finding missions to hotspots around the world, including North Korea, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Guantanamo Bay to assess threats against the U.S.

Harman has been recognized as a national expert at the nexus of terrorism, homeland security and foreign affairs. She served eight years on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence where she played a lead role in the creation and passage of the Intelligence Reform Act of 2004. She was a frequent critic of President George W. Bush’s Iraq War policy and fought for a comprehensive legal framework for post 9/11 policies on detention, interrogation, and government surveillance of Americans. 

Harman received the Defense Department Medal for Distinguished Service in 1998, the CIA Seal Medal in 2007, and the National Intelligence Distinguished Public Service Medal in March 2011.

Harman photo by flickr user americanprogressaction.