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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.

Read More about Steven Feldstein in Boise State Update

Watch the 2016 Frank Church Conference

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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.

Highlights from the 2016 conference






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

Leon Panetta Receives Frank 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

View a Photo Gallery of the Frank and Bethine Church Reception.

  • Photo of Frank Church Conference Award Dinner, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta,
    Panetta Receives Frank and Bethine Church Award for Public Service

  • Frank Church Center director Gary Weske
    Frank Church Center Director Garry Wenske

  • Photo of Bob Kustra and former ormer Defense Secretary Leon Panetta
    Leon Panetta with Boise State President Kustra

  • Photo of Frank Church Conference Award Dinner. With Lt. Col Tim Slemp.
    Panetta with Boise State ROTC Director Lt. Col. Tim Slemp

  • Photo of former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta with former Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus
    Panetta with former Governor Andrus

 

32nd Annual Frank Church Conference Postponement

The 32nd annual Frank Church Conference, scheduled for October 12, has been postponed to a later date. More information will be posted soon.

Church Committee’s Fading Legacy

Photo of Frank Church in congressional hearing. Holding gun. BOISE — Forty years ago today, in a cramped room on Capitol Hill, Idaho Sen. Frank Church led a group that pored over many of the most highly classified documents of the Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The room contained the staff and U.S. senators of the Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities, better known as the Church Committee. Church led the committee, which had unprecedented power to examine the country’s top intelligence agencies.

“It was the first open hearing into the role of a secret intelligence agency in a democracy,” said Tim Weiner, a former New York Times investigative journalist.

Weiner has won a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award for his reporting on the intelligence community.

The Church Committee’s investigation revealed more about the secret, sometimes illegal, work of the nation’s top intelligence agencies than any comparable effort before or since. And it led to reforms meant to rein in the agencies and protect civil liberties, though many of those reforms were weakened in the years following the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

“I know the capacity that is there to make tyranny total in America, and we must see to it that this agency and all agencies that possess this technology operate within the law and under proper supervision so that we never cross over that abyss,” Church said at the time on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“That is the abyss from which there is no return,” he said

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