Ellen Tauscher, former U.S. congresswoman, to talk about U.S.-Russian weapons negotiations

ATTENTION: Reporters covering politics, national security and defense, international affairs, women and leadership

WHAT: Former U.S. Congresswoman and former Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs Ellen Tauscher will visit the University of California, Berkeley, campus for a series of events as this year’s Robert T. Matsui Lecturer at the Matsui Center for Politics and Public Service.

Over the course of five days, she will meet with students, faculty and the community to discuss such issues as national security, health care policy,  women in politics and business, and  the goals and realities of international arms negotiations. On Oct. 30, she will deliver the Matsui Lecture, “Negotiating Alone? the United States, Russia and the Prospect for Arms Control.”

WHEN: Tauscher will be on campus Oct. 28-Nov.1.

The Matsui Lecture will take place from 4-5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30.

WHERE: The lecture will be in Sutardja Dai Hall’s Banatao Auditorium and will be free and open to the public.  Sutardja Dai Hall is on Hearst Avenue, on the south side of the street and a block west of Gayley Road.

WHO: Tauscher began serving in the U.S. House of Representatives for Northern California’s 10th District, in Contra Costa County, in 1997, after unseating a two-term Republican in the conservative district.  She co-chaired California Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s successful Senate campaigns in 1992 and 1994. Tauscher remained in the House until 2009, when she became the under secretary of state for arms control and international security, holding that post until 2012. Today Tauscher is the special envoy for strategic stability and missile defense at the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security.

Before entering politics, Tauscher was an investment banker. At the age of 25, she became a member of the New York Stock Exchange.