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Boise State Welcomes Former State Department Official as Frank and Bethine Church Chair of Public Affairs

The Frank Church Institute at Boise State University has named Steven Feldstein the Frank and Bethine Church Chair of Public Affairs. Feldstein also will teach in the global studies program, a new offering in the School of Public Service.

“We are delighted to welcome Mr. Feldstein to Boise State University and excited that our students will have an opportunity to learn from such an accomplished and exemplary public servant,” said Boise State President Bob Kustra.

Feldstein served as U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State responsible for the State Department’s Bureau for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. At the State Department, Feldstein was the senior official responsible for overseeing U.S. democracy and human rights policy for Africa, international labor affairs and international religious freedom.

Prior to his appointment at the State Department, Feldstein was the director of policy for the U.S. Agency for International Development. He also served for five years as counsel on the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations under chairmen Joseph Biden and John Kerry. He has been published in a wide range of academic and popular publications, including the California Law Review and Huffington Post.

Feldstein is keenly aware of Sen. Frank Church’s legacy and is eager to advance Church’s values in his new role at Boise State.

“It is an honor to be named as the Frank and Bethine Church Chair of Public Affairs. Sen. Church’s legacy of public service and his strong commitment to peace, intelligence transparency, civil rights and conservation is more relevant than ever in these politically charged times,” said Feldstein. “I look forward to advancing research, teaching and public engagement that builds on Sen. Church’s values and reaches out to a new generation of citizens.”

Feldstein currently serves as a nonresident fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in the Democracy and Rule of Law Program. He is also a member of the board of IH Global, a non-profit global coalition of international non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, private sector companies and individuals, committed to equitable development.

“Frank and Bethine would be well pleased that their legacy will be enhanced and protected by the appointment of such an extraordinarily well-qualified person,” said Tony Park, president of the board of directors of the Frank Church Institute.

Feldstein has been a lecturer at American University and a consultant advisor at Notre Dame. He earned his bachelor of political science at Princeton and his J.D. at the University of California, Berkeley.

Feldstein will arrive at Boise State in early July. His wife, Elizabeth Gutting, currently the program director of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation, will teach in the creative writing program at Boise State.

School of Public Service Dean Corey Cook said the addition of Feldstein is an important step forward for the School of Public Service.

“Professor Feldstein has an impressive record of public service and remarkable breadth and depth of knowledge that he will bring to Boise State University,” Cook said. “Having Steve as our first endowed chair in the School of Public Service is in itself a remarkable achievement that is a testament to the exceptional board of the Frank Church Institute and the commitment of President Kustra. He will be an incredible asset to the campus community: teaching and mentoring our students, collaborating with faculty on timely research projects, and collaborating with community partners to elevate the public discourse around issues of foreign affairs and human rights. This is truly an exciting time to be part of Boise State, a university on the move.”

Original Source: Boise State UPDATE, May 19, 2017


2017 Frank Church Conference

The 34th annual Frank Church Conference will be on Immigration/Refugee issues and will be held October 23 or 30.


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2016 Frank Church Conference to Focus on Elections

On Oct. 28, Boise State University’s Frank Church Institute will host its 33rd annual Frank Church Conference on public affairs. The conference will run from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Student Union Building’s Simplot Ballroom and will focus on the upcoming November elections with the theme “Politics and Prose: America Votes.”

The conference is free and open to all students and the public.

Keynote speakers will include former U.S. Representatives Martin Frost (D-Texas) and Tom Davis (R-Virginia), chairmen of the Democratic and Republican campaign committees, respectively. The congressmen, who co-authored the book “The Partisan Divide,” will speak on a panel moderated by former U.S. Rep. Larry LaRocco (D-Idaho).

Other speakers include Todd Cranney, a partner in Riverwood Strategies who served as national deputy political director of Romney for President; and John Engber, principal of John Engber and Associates, who will sit on a panel moderated by Justin Vaughn, Boise State associate professor of political science.

Also speaking will be Cornell Clayton, director of Washington State University’s Thomas Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service; and David Adler, director of the Alturas Institute, an Idaho-based nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing civic education, civic engagement and civil discourse.

For more information about the conference, please visit:https://sps.boisestate.edu/frankchurchinstitute/

The Frank Church Institute was established in 1982 as the Frank Church Chair of Public Affairs at Boise State University to honor the achievements and to carry forward the principles of one of Idaho’s most distinguished native sons, U.S. Sen. Frank Church.

The institute, which is housed within the School of Public Service at Boise State University, emphasizes to its students those ideas which the senator held dear – a strong belief in the rule of law, eloquence firmly based on reason, and an unwavering faith in the American political system.

The institute’s mission is to “promote civic engagement and understanding of public policy with focus on foreign relations.” The institute is non-partisan. It seeks to “provide a forum for open and informed discussion characterized by civility, tolerance and compromise.” The institute fulfills its mission through the sponsorship of the annual Frank Church Conference, the Frank and Bethine Church Chair of Public Affairs, and the Frank Church Scholarships at Boise State University.

(Source: Boise State Update, September 26, 2016)


From Congress to Campus

University TV Roemer and Petri

The Frank Church Institute and the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress welcomed former Congressmen Tim Roemer and Tom Petri to the Boise State campus on Sunday, April 17 and Monday, April 18, 2016 as part of Congress to Campus.  Click the video above to listen to their conversation with Boise State University Television.


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The 32nd annual Frank Church Conference, Clash of Cultures: The Middle East In Turmoil was held on January 15, 2016.

Our yearly conference featured a keynote address from Ambassador Thomas Pickering, and Middle East experts Dr. Graeme Bannerman, Dr. Nader Hashemi, Stephen Schlesinger, and Ambassador Gerald Feierstein. Learn More About the 2016 Conference

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Boise State University
Student Union, Simplot Ballroom
Free to attend and park (Lincoln Garage)
LUNCHEON
12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Registration for Luncheon Required

Photo of Leon Panetta in front of an American flagFrank and Bethine Church Award for Public Service

Leon Panetta, former secretary of defense and director of the Central Intelligence Agency, received the Frank and Bethine Church Award for Public Service on Jan. 18 at a dinner honoring him for his long and distinguished career in public service that began in Congress when Frank Church was Senator.
Award for Public Service Dinner

January 18, 2016, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Boise State University
Stueckle Sky Center

 


About The Frank Church Institute

The Frank Church Institute was established in 1982 as the Frank Church Chair of Public Affairs at Boise State University, to honor the achievements and to carry forward the principles of one of Idaho’s most distinguished native sons, Senator Frank Church.

Frank Church Institute logo which includes a black and white photo of Frank ChurchThe Institute, which is housed within the School of Public Service at Boise State University, emphasizes to its students those ideas which the Senator held dear—a strong belief in the rule of law, eloquence firmly based on reason, and an unwavering faith in the American political system.

The Frank Church Institute’s mission is to “promote civic engagement and understanding of public policy with focus on foreign relations.” The Institute is non-partisan, but it seeks to “provide a forum for open and informed discussion characterized by civility, tolerance, and compromise.”The Institute seeks to fulfill its mission through the sponsorship of the annual Frank Church Conference, the Frank and Bethine Church Chair of Public Affairs, and the Frank Church Scholarships at Boise State University.

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Remembering Jean Bethine Clark Church

Photo of Bethine ChurchJean Bethine Church, widow of the late Idaho Senator Frank Church, died December 21, 2013, at her home in Boise. Bethine, known as the grande dame of the Idaho Democratic Party, was born February 19, 1923, to Chase and Jean Clark, who homesteaded on the Salmon River near Mackay, Idaho. Her father served as Governor of Idaho and later a Federal District Judge. Her family included Barzilla Clark, an uncle and Idaho Governor, and D. Worth Clark, a cousin who served in the U.S. Senate.

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