Past Events

A Conversation with Former President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, Lady Brenda Hale, Baroness Hale of Richmond & Professor Amanda Tyler

Monday, April 3, 2023 @ 12:50 – 2:00 pm

The annual Underhill Lecture at UC Berkeley features a leading figure or figures from political or scholarly circles speaking on US and UK legal and/or political affairs.

Current Constitutional Issues Faced by the United Kingdom

Tuesday, March 2, 2021 @ 1 pm – 2 pm 

Professor Philip Lord Norton of Louth discusses current constitutional issues faced by the United Kingdom and his recent book, Governing Britain: Parliament, Ministers and our Ambiguous Constitution (Manchester University Press 2020). His remarks explore, among other things, Brexit, referendums, devolution, and the relationship between Parliament and the courts.

Andrew Roberts Book Talk: “Churchill: Walking with Destiny”

Monday, December 3, 2018 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm 

Please join the UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies and Anglo-American Studies Program for an event with historian Andrew Roberts, who will be discussing his new book, Churchill: Walking with Destiny. Mr. Roberts will be on hand following his talk for a reception and book signing.

Andrew Roberts is the bestselling author of The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War, Masters and Commanders: How Four Titans Won the War in the West, 1941-1945, Waterloo: Napoleon’s Last Gamble and Napoleon: A Life, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for biography and a finalist for the Plutarch Award. He has won many other prizes, including the Wolfson History Prize and the British Army Military Book of the Year, and frequently writes for The Wall Street Journal.

Co-Sponsored by the Institute of Governmental Studies & the Anglo-American Studies Program

A Second Century of Alliance: The Anglo-American Alliance in the 21st Century

Monday, April 9, 2018 @ 8:30 am – 9:45 am

Ashley Cox, Lecturer in Diplomacy and Public Policy, Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS University of London

Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 12 pm

Matthew Karp (Princeton University) will discuss his book, This Vast Southern Empire: Slaveholders at the Helm of American Foreign Policy . In the middle decades of the nineteenth century, the Atlantic world was torn between two hostile forces: a rising movement against slavery, and a plantation system that had grown…

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Brexit and Trump: What’s Next for the UK, EU and US?

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 @ 9 am – 5 pm

The June 2016 decision by UK voters to leave the European Union (EU) and the 2016 election victory of Donald Trump signalled an uprising of populist sentiment in both the US and the UK. Understanding the referendum outcome and the victory of Donald Trump – which were unexpected by many – is essential. Do these developments…

The Neoliberal Origins of the New Progressive Politics: How Virginia, Chicago and Bloomington Shaped Clinton and Blair

Thursday, November 10, 2016 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Daniel Stedman Jones is a barrister, historian and political writer. He is the author of Masters of the Universe: Hayek, Friedman, and the Birth of Neoliberal Politics .

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Brexit: What Happens if the UK leaves the European Union?

Friday, May 13, 2016 @ 12 pm

The outcome of the June 23 “Brexit” referendum will decide whether the United Kingdom leaves or stays in the European Union. What would the implications be of their exit for the United Kingdom, the European Union, the United States, and the world? Join our expert panel to examine the economic, political and social…

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Atlantic Rules: Anglo-American Visions & the End of the Cold War

Thursday, March 3, 2016 @ 4 pm – 5 pm

Join the Anglo-American Studies Program in welcoming James Cronin. Professor Cronin teaches modern British and European history at Boston College. His lecture, “Atlantic Rules: Anglo-American Visions and the End of the Cold War” will pull from his extensive studies on Modern Britain, modern European social and economic…

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The 2015 British General Election: Parties, Politics, and the Future of the United Kingdom

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 (All day)

The British General Election of 2015 may be a watershed for the country, with profound consequences for its party system and internal unity. This one-day conference will examine the 2015 election and its outcomes, looking at the role of candidates, issues, and the electoral laws. In particular, the conference invites…

UK Election Wrap-Up Luncheon with Lord Patten

Friday, May 8, 2015 @ 12 pm – 1 pm

Please join the Anglo-American Studies Program for a UK Election Wrap-Up with Lord Patten of Barnes. The 2015 UK elections happen on May 7th, but most pundits think that no single party in the country will be able to form a government alone. On the day after the elections, Lord Patten of Barnes will help us sort the…

Lord Patten of Barnes

On the day of one of the UK’s most highly anticipated elections, Lord Patten of Barnes will address the state of the US-UK relationship and what this relationship means for the world. Spanning his career as a leader of the Conservative Party, the Governor of Hong Kong, and now as Chancellor of Oxford University, Lord…

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The Scottish Independence Referendum and the Future of the Multiethnic Nation State

Friday, September 26, 2014 @ 1:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us for a discussion of the outcome of the September 18th Scottish Independence Referendum, proposing that Scotland separate itself from England and form its own nation.

The Uses Of History In Grand Strategy And Statecraft: Insights From Five Historical Strategists In The Anglo-American Traditions

Thursday, September 25, 2014 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Speaker: William Inboden, Executive Director of the Clements Center and Associate Professor of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin Co-sponsored with the UC Berkeley Institute of International Studies. Please see the event page for complete details.


Roundtable Lunch with James Kariuki

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

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,…

Thursday, September 19, 2013 

One of the most salient features of the new millennium is the assertiveness of religious faith in current and former secular states. Whether in the UK, the US, Germany, Tunisia, or Egypt, states are struggling to accommodate the claims of citizens who increasingly insist that their religious faith forms part of their…