Distinguished Lecture Series

2020 Distinguished Lecture

Homeland Security Challenges in the Age of COVID

The COVID-19 Virus has changed the way Americans live, work and inter-relate.  COVID-19 has also altered the way in which trade, travel and exchanges occur in the modern economy.  With these changes, protective designs for the Homeland have also evolved.

Against this backdrop, the former and longest serving Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, will discuss our nation’s new normal, how defense of the Homeland has evolved and what we can expect in the future.  From airports, checkpoints and border crossings to waterways, cyber networks and election systems, Napolitano will deconstruct the modern Homeland Security construct, challenge what we know and describe what we can expect.

About the speaker

Janet Napolitano is a Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. She served as the twentieth president of the University of California, the nation’s largest public research university with ten campuses, five medical centers, three affiliated national laboratories, and a statewide agriculture and natural resources program. Prior to joining the University of California, Professor Napolitano served as Secretary of Homeland Security from 2009 to 2013. She is a former two-term Governor of Arizona, a former Attorney General of Arizona, and a former U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona. In 2019, Napolitano published How Safe Are We? Homeland Security Since 9/11.  Professor Napolitano earned her B.S. degree, summa cum laude, in Political Science from Santa Clara University, and her J.D. from the University of Virginia. She is based in Berkeley, Calif.

Past lectures

The Distinguished Lecture Series was started in 2010 by Dean Maragakis. Annual lectures are listed below:

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