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The Berkeley Forum Begins Fall 2015
Session with Secretary of Homeland
Security Jeh Johnson

September 16, 2015 | By Matthew Freeman, President

Yesterday evening we had the pleasure of beginning our Fall 2015 session with an event featuring United States Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson. Secretary Johnson gave a wide ranging talk on the challenges that he and his department face on a daily basis.

In what was likely the most engaging opening address a Berkeley Forum crowd has ever heard, Secretary Johnson made his way down from the Chevron Auditorium stage and paced through the aisle in the auditorium as he spoke. His comments about the explosion of Yik Yak posts that happens every time he visits his own children at college had the audience howling.

We then proceeded to the moderated and audience Q&A portion of the event. Despite some minor disruptive comments and chanting from a few members of the audience – with whom Secretary Johnson was generous enough to attempt to engage – Secretary Johnson had the chance to discuss such topics as his relationship with critics, funding limitations, and balancing security and individual privacy. Before wrapping up, Secretary Johnson personally presented an official Department of Homeland Security coin to a member of the audience who gave a close-enough recitation of the United States presidential line of succession.

Thank you to everyone who attended. Our next event will feature pro-voice advocate Aspen Baker on Monday, September 21 at 6:00 p.m. in Anna Head Alumnae Hall. You can support the Berkeley Forum at, and be on the lookout for announcements about upcoming events.

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