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The Boise State School of Public Service invites applicants for a full-time, open rank Clinical or Tenure-Track faculty position to hold the Frank and Bethine Church Chair of Public Affairs.

More information here: https://jobs.boisestate.edu/en-us/job/496542/openrank-clinical-or-tenuretrack-faculty
Closes March 31, 2022

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A new Model United Nations program, funded through the largest philanthropic gift to Boise State’s Frank Church Institute, will soon give Idaho students expanded learning opportunities focusing on global issues.

Idaho businessman C. Fredrick Cornforth, a member of the institute’s board of directors, has pledged $500,000 to help fund the Model UN diplomacy-based competition. The money will be used for program delivery and to subsidize high school students’ attendance at an annual competition to be held on the Boise State campus.

Cornforth, founder of Community Development, Inc., said he was motivated to make the gift from life-changing experiences he had with a Model UN competition program as a youth in Montana, adding that it will help prepare Idaho students for an increasingly global economy.

“This contribution will help high school students in Idaho, especially in rural areas, experience a broader horizon,” Cornforth said. “We do business internationally here in Idaho, and we live day-to-day more globally connected.”

The gift is made in honor of former Boise State President Bob Kustra and his wife Kathy, both of whom served on the Frank Church Institute board.

“Bob and Kathy Kustra’s many years of service to Boise State, especially in establishing the School of Public Service and serving on the Frank Church Institute Board, deserve this recognition,” said Board President Skip Oppenheimer.

Boise State School of Public Service Interim Dean Dr. Andrew Giacomazzi said the high school Model UN program brings high school students from across Idaho to the Boise State campus.

“We look forward to being able to host Idaho high school students on campus for this experiential learning opportunity,” Giacomazzi said. “We are very grateful for this transformational gift.”

Microsoft has also partnered with the institute to help fund the program. The company works with the UN to identify new projects to advance global multi-stakeholder actions on key technology, environmental, humanitarian, development and security goals, as well as advancing UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Frank Church Institute Executive Director Garry Wenske noted Senator Church’s commitment to the United Nations, where he served as an honorary senate delegate.

Photo: Idaho Senator Frank Church addresses the U.N General Assembly. Circa 1967. Photo courtesy of Albertsons Library's Frank Church Collection.
🗓 Mark your calendars! Tomorrow kicks off our virtual Outdoor Conversations series (indoors!)

Join SBFC at 6:30PM MST for “Congress, Conservation, and Compromise: Champions of the Frank.”

We are honored to host former two-term US House representative, former Director of Senator Frank Church’s North Idaho office, and Frank Church Institute board member Larry LaRocco,

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Central Idaho Representative for The Wilderness Society Rob Mason.

Together we’ll discuss the history behind championing the Frank Church Wilderness as well as the conservation efforts and compromises that come with Wilderness designation.

All Outdoor Conversations are free! Please register at: https://www.selwaybitterroot.org/outdoor-conversations-2021

We can’t wait to see you there!
The new Model United Nations program, funded through the largest philanthropic gift to Boise State University’s Frank Church Institute, will soon give Idaho students expanded learning opportunities focusing on global issues.

Idaho businessman C. Fredrick Cornforth, a member of the institute’s board of directors, has pledged $500,000 to help fund the Model UN diplomacy-based competition. The money will be used for program delivery and to subsidize high school students’ attendance at an annual competition to be held on the Boise State campus.

Cornforth, founder of Community Development, Inc., said he was motivated to make the gift from life-changing experiences he had with a Model UN competition program as a youth in Montana, adding that it will help prepare Idaho students for an increasingly global economy.

“This contribution will help high school students in Idaho, especially in rural areas, experience a broader horizon,” Cornforth said. “We do business internationally here in Idaho, and we live day-to-day more globally connected.”

The gift is made in honor of former Boise State President Bob Kustra and his wife Kathy, both of whom served on the Frank Church Institute board.

Learn more at https://www.boisestate.edu/giving/why/donors/model-united-nations/.

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The Frank Church Institute hosts Fridays with Frank, a series of lectures on timely themes. The virtual program will feature journalists Jonathan Alter and his daughter, Charlotte Alter, in conversation with former Boise State University President Bob Kustra.

The program begins at 10 a.m. on Feb. 5.

Learn more and register in advance at https://www.boisestate.edu/news/2021/01/20/fridays-with-frank-to-feature-jonathan-and-charlotte-alter/.

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The Frank Church Institute hosts Fridays with Frank, a series of lectures on timely themes. The virtual program will feature journalists Jonathan Alter and his daughter, Charlotte Alter, in conversation with former Boise State University President Bob Kustra.

The program begins at 10 a.m. on Feb. 5.

Learn more and register in advance at https://www.boisestate.edu/news/2021/01/20/fridays-with-frank-to-feature-jonathan-and-charlotte-alter/.

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The Frank Church Institute hosts Fridays with Frank, a series of lectures on the timely theme: “How Do Democracies Survive and Thrive in the 21st Century?”

“Fridays with Frank represents the Frank Church Institute’s efforts to continue its long tradition of offering speakers and programming at Boise State University,” said executive director Garry Wenske, “and we invite all the Boise State community to join us.”

The final virtual lecture is on Dec. 11 at 10 a.m. and features a conversation with Brian Atwood, former director of USAID and the Hubert Humphrey School of Public Service and Peter Fenn, CEO of The Fenn group and a Frank Church Institute board member.

Learn more and register at https://www.boisestate.edu/news/2020/11/10/fridays-with-frank-frank-church-conference-focus-on-themes-of-democracy/.

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The Frank Church Institute hosts Fridays with Frank, a series of lectures on the timely theme: “How Do Democracies Survive and Thrive in the 21st Century?”

“Fridays with Frank represents the Frank Church Institute’s efforts to continue its long tradition of offering speakers and programming at Boise State University,” said executive director Garry Wenske, “and we invite all the Boise State community to join us.”

This Friday's 10 a.m. talk is part of the Frank Church Conference featuring Larry Diamond as the keynote speaker. Diamond is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. He writes a monthly column for “The American Interest” and consults on policies and programs to promote democracy around the world.

Learn more and register at https://www.boisestate.edu/sps-frankchurchinstitute/fridays-with-frank/.

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The Frank Church Institute will host Fridays with Frank, a series of lectures for the fall semester on the theme: “How Do Democracies Survive and Thrive in the 21st Century?”

The biweekly lectures will live stream at 10 a.m. on Fridays with the second session happening on Friday, Oct. 2.

The first lecture, “Bi-partisan Cooperation in an Era of Polarization,” will feature prominent Republican and Democratic political consultants.

“Fridays with Frank represents the Frank Church Institute’s efforts to continue its long tradition of offering speakers and programming at Boise State,” said executive director Garry Wenske, “and we invite all the Boise State community to join us.”

Learn more and register at https://www.boisestate.edu/sps-frankchurchinstitute/fridays-with-frank/.

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Happy Bronco Giving Day to our Boise State family!💙🧡

Our annual 36-hour digital campaign is for all members of the Bronco community to show their support and foster the passion of our students.

Here are just few challenges, matches and programs you can support and have fun with:

• Happy Hour Challenge: The area with the most gifts from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sept. 10 receives a $500 bonus.

• Thanks to a generous donation from the Frank Church Institute Board of Directors, 50 gifts to Boise State School of Public Service will unlock an additional $7,000

• Thanks to a generous donation from the staff and volunteers of the Idaho Innocence Project, all gifts will be matched dollar for dollar up to $2,300

• Thanks to a generous donation from all star engineering professor Krishna Pakala, gifts to Boise State College of Engineering will be matched dollar for dollar up to $1,010 so we can raise $2,020!

• Thanks to a generous donation from the Boise State Alumni and Friends Board of Directors, each gift to an Alumni Association Scholarship will be matched dollar for dollar up to $20,000.

• Bronco Buster Challenge: Once Boise State Broncos receive 50 gifts, an additional $1,000 will be unlocked!

• Thanks to a generous donation from Robin Gardwood, once Intermountain Bird Observatory receives 25 donations, a $500 gift will be unlocked to support the program!

• Thanks to a generous donation from Matthew Ewing, once Veteran Services, Boise State University receives 25 donations, a $1,000 gift will be unlocked to support the program!

Make a Bronco Giving Day gift at https://broncosgive.boisestate.edu.
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The official page of the Frank Church Institute. Visit us at: https://www.boisestate.edu/sps-frankchurchinstitute/ The goal of the Frank Church Institute is to build the endowment to fully fund the Frank Church Chair of Public Affairs, the annual Frank Church Conferences and the proposed Frank Church Scholarships at Boise State University.

Presents: Congressmen Baird & Goodlatte 08/04/2022

Presents: Congressmen Baird & Goodlatte

What is the "Congress to Campus" Program?

Congressmen Brian Baird & Bob Goodlatte give a candid interview with Boise State Television about their tour: https://youtu.be/FwHW2tq0jeM

Presents: Congressmen Baird & Goodlatte Host Christy Amstutz visits with former Congressmen Brian Baird & Bob Goodlatte as they visit Boise State University as part of the Congress to Campus Progra...

Timeline photos 03/03/2022

Happy Bronco Giving Day! Our students can’t wait to get out of the classroom and into the world beyond.

Through the Frank Church Scholars program, we can help make that happen.

This scholarship/internship combo gives proven School of Public Service students the resources to attend classes and pursue opportunities in Boise, in our nation’s capital, abroad, or anywhere else their desire to serve may take them.

Check out the School of Public Service on the Bronco Giving Day homepage to donate! https://broncosgive.boisestate.edu/giving-day/33690/donate?des=187153&dept=33703

Virtual Conversation: Preserving Democracy through Civil Discourse 22/02/2022

Virtual Conversation: Preserving Democracy through Civil Discourse

There's still time to join our virtual conversation titled "Preserving Democracy through Civil Discourse". Watch live on February 24 at noon (MT). Details: https://www.boisestate.edu/sps-frankchurchinstitute/virtual-conversation-preserving-democracy-through-civil-discourse/

Virtual Conversation: Preserving Democracy through Civil Discourse Register for Preserving Democracy through Civil Discourse February 24, 12:00 pm – 1:00 p, MT...

09/02/2022

Rod Gramer, Dr. Jen Schneider, and Dr. Vanessa Fry host a virtual conversation on Preserving Democracy through Civil Discourse. Live on February 24. Register today: https://www.boisestate.edu/sps-frankchurchinstitute/virtual-conversation-preserving-democracy-through-civil-discourse/

08/02/2022

Want to learn something new on February 24? Join our Virtual Conversation titled "Preserving Democracy through Civil Discourse" via Zoom. Details and sign up: https://cityclubofboise.app.neoncrm.com/np/clients/cityclubofboise/eventRegistration.jsp?event=783

Former congressional staffer from Idaho recalls visceral reaction to Jan. 6 insurrection 20/01/2022

Former congressional staffer from Idaho recalls visceral reaction to Jan. 6 insurrection

A former congressional staffer from Idaho recalls the visceral reaction to Jan. 6 insurrection. Read more: https://www.idahostatesman.com/opinion/readers-opinion/article257012327.html?ac_cid=DM589192&ac_bid=-1440404859

Former congressional staffer from Idaho recalls visceral reaction to Jan. 6 insurrection Committee’s investigation is vital to find the causes and the culprits and to ensure an attack on democracy never happens again. │ Opinion

Poll: Democracy is under attack, and more violence may be the future 12/12/2021

Poll: Democracy is under attack, and more violence may be the future

"Democracy is on life support, and voters know it," Peter Fenn advises that things have gotten worse since the election. Details about the future: https://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/582945-poll-democracy-is-under-attack-and-more-violence-may-be-the-future

Poll: Democracy is under attack, and more violence may be the future A recent poll from Boise State University raises the alarms, especially in the Mountain West.

02/12/2021

The Frank Church Society: A Conversation with Joe Weisberg - Co-Creator of 'The Americans' for FX

Forthcoming

30/11/2021

Last chance to join the FCI Conversation with Joe Weisberg! Register for the private event before it's too late!

Get a look into his journey and the making of the successful television series, The Americans. Details and more: https://www.boisestate.edu/sps-frankchurchinstitute/frank-church-society-conversation-with-joe-weisberg/

28/11/2021

How do Democracies Survive and Thrive in the 21st Century? You're invited to find out. Attend a Frank Church Society Conversation with Joe Weisberg, co-creator of the TV series, The Americans, and author of the new book "Russia Upside Down". If you're interested in this private talk (and future events), register here: shorturl.at/dlpP5

The 100 greatest TV series of the 21st Century 27/11/2021

The 100 greatest TV series of the 21st Century

Need something dramatic and historical to watch this weekend? "The Americans" highlights the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington D.C.The show has recently been ranked number 8 on the top 100 greatest TV Series of the 21st Century by BBC. Plan to watch the show this weekend, written by future FCI guest Joe Weisberg. https://bit.ly/3D0HYEe

The 100 greatest TV series of the 21st Century BBC Culture polled 206 TV experts from 43 countries in order to find the greatest TV of the 21st Century – here’s the top 100

27/11/2021

Plan to attend a Frank Church Society Conversation with Joe Weisberg. This private event is filling up quickly. Learn more about Joe and how to join/RSVP for this rare opportunity! https://www.boisestate.edu/sps-frankchurchinstitute/frank-church-society-conversation-with-joe-weisberg/

27/11/2021

Frank Church Institute releases research on attitudes towards government in the Mountain West

Groundbreaking research on attitudes towards government in the Mountain West has been released. Find out the topics that emerged from the polling data in this survey from the Frank Church Institute. The full survey is available now: https://bit.ly/314kdxI

Frank Church Institute releases research on attitudes towards government in the Mountain West A large bi-partisan majority of Americans in a five-state swath of the Mountain West are...

20/11/2021

Couldn't attend this year's conference? But want the fast facts? Download key findings (for FREE) from the 2021 survey of key states:https://www.boisestate.edu/sps-frankchurchinstitute/files/2021/11/survey-summary.pdf

19/11/2021

Did you know that in the five US states surveyed, 71% of people believe things are headed in the wrong track? Download the survey details for free and explore:https://d25vtythmttl3o.cloudfront.net/uploads/sites/128/2021/11/Survey-Full-Results.pdf

2021 Frank Church Conference: PM Session: The View From Idaho - Democracy on the Brink 18/11/2021

2021 Frank Church Conference: PM Session: The View From Idaho - Democracy on the Brink

Part 2 of the 38th Annual Frank Church Conference "Democracy on the Brink: The View From the Mountain West" is available now. Carve out some time to watch it, in case you missed the live session. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCFr0HjdzV0

2021 Frank Church Conference: PM Session: The View From Idaho - Democracy on the Brink Dr. Vanessa Fry is the Interim Director of Boise State University’s Idaho Policy Institute where she leads research.She also serves as Associate Research Pro...

2021 Frank Church Conference AM Session - Democracy on the Brink: The View From the Mountain West 18/11/2021

2021 Frank Church Conference AM Session - Democracy on the Brink: The View From the Mountain West

In case you missed it, here's Part 1 of the 2021 Frank Church Conference. Catch up on this year's topic "Democracy on the Brink: The View From the Mountain West" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6E3-hADCFw

2021 Frank Church Conference AM Session - Democracy on the Brink: The View From the Mountain West Peter Fenn is the founder of Fenn Communications Group. Previously he served as Chief of Staff for Senator Frank Church; Executive Director of Democrats for ...

17/11/2021

2021 Frank Church Conference: PM Session: The View From Idaho - Democracy on the Brink

Dr. Vanessa Fry is the Interim Director of Boise State University’s Idaho Policy Institute where she leads research.

She also serves as Associate Research Professor in the School of Public Service where she leads the MPA Capstone. In addition, she is an Adjunct Faculty Member at Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco where she received her MBA in Sustainable Management. She holds a BA in Biology from Wittenberg University and a PhD in Public Policy and Administration from Boise State University.

Rod Gramer is president and CEO of Idaho Business for Education. Previously he was a reporter and editor for the Idaho Statesman; and Executive News Director for KTVB in Boise and television news executive for stations in Portland, OR and Tampa, FL. He co-authored “Fighting the Odds: The Life of Senator Frank Church.” He represents Idaho on the Education Commission of the States and Chairs the WAMI Idaho Advisory Board for the University of Washington. He is a graduate of the University of Idaho.

Jennifer Macdonald is a Senior Director for Morning Consult, leading a team in survey research. She focuses on guiding advocacy and messaging strategy for nonprofits across industries, including healthcare, finance and environment. Prior to joining Morning Consult, Jen managed a portfolio of trade and professional association clients for a D.C.-based consulting firm, focusing on qualitative research to inform their advocacy and strategic initiatives.

Frank Church conference looks at eroding trust in institutions and effect on democracy 17/11/2021

Frank Church conference looks at eroding trust in institutions and effect on democracy

How do you address the decline in trust in institutions (such as government, politics, and the media)? Here's what a survey of 1,900+ residents concluded: https://www.idahostatesman.com/opinion/readers-opinion/article255869946.html#storylink=cpy via Idaho Statesman

Frank Church conference looks at eroding trust in institutions and effect on democracy Poll of Intermountain West respondents shows 85% of respondents are concerned about the health of democracy in the U.S. │ Opinion

17/11/2021

2021 Frank Church Conference Keynote Address with Celinda Lake - Democracy on the Brink: the View from the Mountain West

Celinda Lake is the founder and President of Lake Research Partners in Washington, D.C., a national public opinion and political strategy firm.

She is one of the Democratic Party’s leading political strategists and one of the two lead pollsters for the Biden for President campaign in 2020. Lake Research is known for its accuracy and cutting-edge research on issues including the economy, health care, the environment, and education. Her firm has served as tacticians and advisors to a wide range of advocacy groups, labor unions, non-profits, government agencies, companies and foundations, as well as dozens of elected officials in the U.S. and abroad.

Lake is one of the nation’s foremost experts on electing women candidates and on framing issues for women voters. American Politics called her a “super-strategist or, better yet, the Godmother;” and Working Woman said that she is "arguably the most influential woman in her field." Her interviews and statistics have been quoted in numerous publications including The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, and she has appeared on numerous news programs to discuss her work and provide expert commentary.

A native of Montana, Lake was born and raised on a ranch. She earned her master's degree in political science and survey research from the University of Michigan, and a certificate in political science from the University of Geneva. She graduated summa cm laude from Smith College, which awarded her its Distinguished Alumna Medal in 2002. She received the lifetime achievement award from the American Association of Political Consultants, and she is the co-author of "What Women Really Want."

17/11/2021

2021 Frank Church Conference AM Session - Democracy on the Brink: The View From the Mountain West

Peter Fenn is the founder of Fenn Communications Group. Previously he served as Chief of Staff for Senator Frank Church; Executive Director of Democrats for the 1980s; and co-founder and first Executive Director for the Center for Responsive Politics. He has been a surrogate spokesman for several Presidential campaigns including President Obama. He serves on the boards of both the Frank Church and the Robert Dole Institute.

William H. Fish retired from financial services including positions as Managing Director of Aladdin Capital Management; Dresdner Kleinwort, and Citigroup in London; among numerous others. He was a legislative assistant to Senator Church. He holds degrees from Lewis and Clark College and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

Jennifer Macdonald is a Senior Director for Morning Consult, leading a team in survey research. She focuses on guiding advocacy and messaging strategy for nonprofits across industries, including healthcare, finance and environment. Prior to joining Morning Consult, Jen managed a portfolio of trade and professional association clients for a D.C.-based consulting firm, focusing on qualitative research to inform their advocacy and strategic initiatives.

17/11/2021

Hear from keynote speaker Celinda Lake, a respected pollster and leading strategist for national political groups and candidates, including President , about her remarks on the health of our democracy. Tune in at 11 a.m. (MT): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvaGsAtiabq9KJCJhA3vs0w/featured

17/11/2021

Today is the 38th annual Frank Church Conference at Boise State University! Join us as we explore "Democracy on the Brink: The View from the Mountain West." Where we will dive into research conducted by Morning Consult and The Idaho Policy Institute.

Follow our social media pages or subscribe to our YouTube page to be notified when our sessions start. Our first session is in two hours and will detail this exciting new research.

Our keynote address will be delivered by renowned pollster Celinda Lake at 11am Mountain Time

The Frank Church Institute - YouTube 17/11/2021

The Frank Church Institute - YouTube

Details from the latest ground-breaking research from the Frank Church Institute reveals "an overwhelming concern about and its spread on social media". Don't miss our 38th annual conference TODAY for in-depth presentations: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvaGsAtiabq9KJCJhA3vs0w

The Frank Church Institute - YouTube 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 ca...

17/11/2021

The 2021 "Democracy on the Brink" conference starts tomorrow. Hear from experts about the state and health of our democracy. View the full schedule and plan to attend: https://www.boisestate.edu/sps-frankchurchinstitute/

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