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Andrus Center Events

Events at the Andrus Center are organized on the principle that the responsibility of citizenship is not merely to participate, but to participate based on knowledge and information that form the basis for intelligent decisions.  To that end, the Center organizes events that highlight independent, non-partisan engagement on issues surrounding public lands and the environment, education and leadership.

Upcoming Events

Castle Peak Sunrise

Photo Courtesy of Ed Cannady

Beyond the White Clouds: Behind the Scenes
Monday, March 27 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Boise State Special Events Center, 1700 University Drive
Registration is Free

More information available here



Hiker sitting on rock wall viewing sunriseWhy Public Lands Matter
Tuesday, March 28 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Jordan Ballroom of Boise State Student Union, 1700 University Drive
Registration is $50 per person or $500 for a reserved table of six

More information available here


Ongoing Events

Portrait of Justice Sandra Day O'ConnorThe Andrus Award for Leadership is presented annually to an outstanding public leader who has demonstrated the types of qualities – integrity, courage, bipartisanship and common sense – that defined the distinguished career of Cece Andrus. Past recipients include Senator Alan Simpson and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.


Headshot of Jon Jarvis and Governor Andrus

The Andrus Lecture is a forum for thoughtful and timely consideration of public affairs. National Book Award winner and New York Times journalist, Tim Egan, presented the first address in 2012. The most recent lecture, in 2016, featured National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis.


Woman from back with arms raised in victoryWomen and Leadership is dedicated to promoting women’s interests, causes and rights. Our inaugural conference was headlined by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Ambassador Bonnie McElveen Hunter. Speakers annually include some of America’s most distinguished women from the fields of business, finance, journalism, entertainment, law, academe, arts and letters.


Past Events

Politics for Lunch was a lunch and learn series conducted during the legislative sessions in 2014, 2015, and 2016. The series covered topical news events being considered in local and state government. Beginning in 2017, the series will be managed by the Political Science Department of Boise State’s School of Public Service.  Podcasts of past events are available.

Western Invasive Weed Summit was a collaboration between the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the Andrus Center. This  invitation-only event brought together local, state, and federal agencies, environmentalists, tribes and cattlemen to discuss the conversion of native sagebrush to invasive annual grasslands.  Invasive plants can fundamentally transform ecosystems by altering their basic species composition and function.

Early Learning in Idaho: Finding Common Ground was a joint venture with the McClure Center of University of Idaho, business leaders and early learning specialists. This nonpartisan dialogue on learning opportunities for Idaho’s young children on May 4, 2015 brought politicians, educators, and family advocates together to together to identify an Idaho approach to increasing the share of children who enter Kindergarten prepared for success in school and later life. Over 200 legislators, educators, business people and parents attended the one-day symposium. A White Paper of the report is available by contacting the Andrus Center at (208) 426-3784 or you can email the Andrus Center.

Watch Idaho Public Television’s recording of Early Learning in Idaho