Janet Napolitano, former secretary of Homeland Security, to speak at University's 2020 Distinguished Lecture Series

Hosted by the College of Engineering, the community-oriented event will occur virtually on November 4.

Janet Napolitano

Napolitano's lecture is titled "Homeland Security Challenges in the Age of Covid"

Janet Napolitano, former secretary of Homeland Security, to speak at University's 2020 Distinguished Lecture Series

Hosted by the College of Engineering, the community-oriented event will occur virtually on November 4.

Napolitano's lecture is titled "Homeland Security Challenges in the Age of Covid"

Janet Napolitano

Napolitano's lecture is titled "Homeland Security Challenges in the Age of Covid"

The speaker for this year’s College of Engineering Distinguished Lecture Series is Janet Napolitano, the former and longest-serving Secretary of Homeland Security. Napolitano's lecture will be called "Homeland Security Challenges in the Age of Covid."

Responding to the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic have presented to the way we live, work and inter-relate, Napolitano's talk will focus on 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.

The virtual event will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020 at 4 pm. 

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, CA.

The Distinguished Lecture Series was started in 2010 by Dean Manos Maragakis. This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to attend the Distinguished Lecture Series.

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