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2017 Frank Church Conference

The 34th annual Frank Church Conference on Immigration/Refugees 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.


See Highlights from the 2016 conference below






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.

Learn More about Bethine Church