Hinckley Forums

During spring and fall semesters the Hinckley Institute holds approximately 70 Hinckley Forums featuring local, national, and international political leaders and panels. Past Hinckley Forum guests include major figures such as Bill Clinton, Mitt Romney, Thomas Friedman, Harry Reid, Brent Scowcroft, and John McCain as well as local, national, and international politicians, ambassadors, lobbyists, activists, and academics.

Hinckley Forums are held in Orson Spencer Hall, Room 255. All forums are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Hinckley Forum: The Ukraine Crisis and the Challenge of Kremlin Revisionism

Jan 26, 2015

Friday January 23, 2015

The Ukraine Crisis and the Challenge of Kremlin Revisionism


Ambassador John Herbst, Director of the Atlantic Council’s Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center; US Ambassador to Ukraine (2003-2006)

Presented by the Wheatley Institution, Brigham Young University

Hinckley Forum: Mia Love: The Rise, Stumble and Resurgence

Jan 26, 2015

Wednesday January 21, 2015

Mia Love: The Rise, Stumble and Resurgence


A Conversation with the authors:

Matt Canham,  investigative reporter at The Salt Lake Tribune

Robert Gehrke covers politics and government for The Salt Lake Tribune

Morgan Lyon Cotti, PhD, State Program Manager, Hinckley Institute of Politics (moderator)

Wednesday January 21, 2015

Sexual and Domestic violence—Politics, Policy, Possible legislation (including appropriations)


Holly Mullen Executive Director, Rape Recovery Center (moderator)

Senator Curt Bramble (R-Provo)

Kim Fisher, Evening Anchor at ABC 4 Utah

Donna Kelly, Assistant Utah  Attorney General and former Utah County prosecutor

Representative Angela Romero (D-Salt Lake)

Presented by Beta Theta Pi

Hinckley Forum: American Civics Education Initiative

Jan 26, 2015

Wednesday January 21, 2015

American Civics Education Initiative

Johnathan Johnson, Chairman of Overstock.com and Promote Liberty PAC

Hinckley Forum: Restricted Rights - Militarization of Contemporary Policing

Jan 26, 2015

Tuesday January 20, 2015

Restricted Rights: Militarization of Contemporary Policing

Dr. William A. Smith, Associate Professor, Department of Education,

U of U (moderator)

Dr. Emily Chiang, Associate Professor, S.J. Quinney School of Law,

U of U

Dr. Roderick R. Land, Special Projects & Grant Manager and Education Liaison for Salt Lake County

Dr. Malcolm Holmes, Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Wyoming

Megan Day, undergraduate student, U of U

Co-sponsored by the Office for Equity and Diversity’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Hinckley Forum: Help End Homelessness

Jan 26, 2015

Thursday Jan. 15, 2015

Pamela Atkinson, Community Advocate

Matt Minkevitch, Executive Director of The Road Home, Salt Lake City

Elizabeth Buehler, Homeless Services Coordinator, Salt Lake City

Tamera Kohler, director, State Community Services Office

Joseph Hardy (Homeless Client) The Road Home

Palmer DePaulis, Executive Director, Utah State Human Services; former Salt Lake City Mayor

Co-sponsored by the Bennion Center

Hinckley Forum: Prison Reform and Public Safety

Jan 26, 2015

Thursday Jan. 15, 2015

Kirk Jowers, Director, Hinckley Institute of Politics (moderator)

Marc Levin, Policy Director, Right on Crime

Former Representative Jerry Madden (TX-R) Right on Crime

Representative Brad Wilson (UT-R)

Representative Eric Hutchings (UT-R)

Presented by Pew Charitable Trust

Hinckley Forum: The Victory Lab - The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns

Dec 9, 2014

Tuesday November 25, 2014

Sasha Issenberg, journalist and author; Fall 2013 Fellow, Harvard University Institute of Politics

Presented by the Representative Rob Bishop Civic Engagement Fund

Hinckley Forum: Understanding the Local Refugee Community

Dec 9, 2014

Monday November 24, 2014

Alex Ngendakuriyo, Burundi refugee community leader

Raul Yumul, Catholic Community Services

Beth Garstka, Community Outreach Director, English Skills Learning Center

Co-sponsored by the Honors College International Leadership Academy

Hinckley Forum: Modern American Race Relations and Institutional Violence

Nov 21, 2014

Thursday November 20, 2014

Professor Edmund Fong, Political Science Department

Sim Gill, Salt Lake County District Attorney

Presented by the Political Science SAC

Hinckley Forum: Community, Complexity, and Change in Cuba

Nov 21, 2014

Thursday November 20, 2014

Gina Russo, Adjunct Faculty, Political Science Department; Assistant Director, Bennion Center

Wilenys Lastre, Undergraduate BA in International Studies and Spanish

Claire Gorton, Graduate Student Participant, Masters of Public Administration

Dr. Claudio Holzner, Associate Director Center for Latin American Studies, College of Humanities and Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

Hinckley Forum: The Confidence Crisis for Girls & Women

Nov 21, 2014

Wednesday November 19, 2014

Susan Madsen, Orin R. Woodbury Professor of Leadership and Ethics, Utah Valley University, Woodbury School of Business

Hinckley Forum: Human Trafficking Panel

Nov 21, 2014

Thursday November 13, 2014

Fernando Rivera, Human Trafficking Education, Governor’s Human Trafficking Task Force

Jodi Peterson, Sexual Assault Advocate, University of Utah Center for Student Wellness, Governor’s Human Trafficking Task Force

Gregory N. Ferbrache, Assistant Utah Attorney General

Marty Liccardo (Moderator) Health Educator, University of Utah Center for Student Wellness

Co-sponsored by the Honors College International Leadership Academy

Hinckley Forum: The Illusion of Chaos

Nov 10, 2014

Monday November 10, 2014

Dr. Jennifer Keister, visiting research fellow, CATO Institute; associate research fellow, University of Notre Dame’s Initiative for Global Development

Co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science

Hinckley Forum: Partisanship and its Challenges to Communication

Nov 10, 2014

Friday November 7, 2014

Natalie (Talia) Stroud, Director, Engaging News Project, Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life; Associate Professor, Communication Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Scott R. Stroud, Associate Professor, Communication Studies, University of Texas at Austin; Visiting Fellow (2014-15), Center for the Study of Democratic Politics, Princeton University

Co-sponsored by the  Department of Communication

Hinckley Forum: The Role of Religion in Conflict Dynamics

Nov 10, 2014

Thursday November 6, 2014

Amos N. Guiora, Professor of Law, Co-Director, Global Justice Center, U of U

James Patton, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, International Center of Religion and Diplomacy, Wheatley International Affairs Conference

Jennifer Napier-Pearce (moderator) reporter, The Salt Lake Tribune

Hinckley Forum: Does Venezuela Matter to U.S.?

Nov 10, 2014

Wednesday November 5, 2014

José Cárdenas, associate with Vision Americas; formerly held senior positions in the U.S. Department of State, the National Security Council, and the U.S. Agency for International Development

Hinckley Forum: Safeguarding the Economy and the Environment

Nov 10, 2014

Thursday October 30, 2014

Richard Buck, An undergraduate student in the Economics department.

Anil Seth, An assistant professor in the physics and astronomy department at the University of Utah.

Logan Mitchell, A postdoctoral scholar at the University of Utah Biology Department who focuses on climate science

Wednesday October 29, 2014

Dr. Cem Emrence, Comparative-historical sociologist; Binghamton University, Ph.D.

Hinckley Forum: U.S. - Pakistani Relations

Nov 10, 2014

Wednesday October 29, 2014

His Excellency Jalil Abbas Jilani, Ambassador to the U.S. for Pakistan

Hinckley Forum: New Europe vs. Old Europe

Nov 10, 2014

Tuesday October 28, 2014

New Europe vs. Old Europe: What Can the EU Do in the Ukraine Crisis

Vice Consul General Stefan Biedermann​, German General Consulate in Los Angeles

Monday October 27, 2014

  Jeffrey Becker, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of the Pacific

Hinckley Forum: Public Policy for Utah's Youngest Children

Oct 31, 2014

Friday October 24, 2014

Rebecca Chavez-Houck, Utah State House of Representatives

Karen Crompton, President & CEO, Voices for Utah Children 

Susan Johnston, Professor, Department of Special Education

Cheryl Wright, Convener, Professor, Department of Family and Consumer Studies

Thursday October 23, 2014

Dr. Joy Gordon, Senior Global Justice Fellow, Center for International and area Studies, Yale University and Professor of Philosophy, Fairfield University

Series on Women in Politics, co-sponsored by the Political Science Department

Hinckley Forum: NGOs, Political Protest and Civil Society

Oct 31, 2014

Thursday October 23, 2014

Professor Carew Boulding, Political Science University of Colorado Boulder

Co-sponsored by Latin American Studios, University of Utah

Hinckley Forum: The Future of U.S. Nuclear Weapons

Oct 31, 2014

Wednesday October 22, 2014

Under Secretary Rose Gottemoeller, U.S. Department of State, Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security

Hinckley Forum: Russia, Ukraine and the 'Reset'

Oct 20, 2014

Wednesday October 8, 2014

Luke Coffey, Margaret Thatcher Fellow, the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, the Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy at The Heritage Foundation

Hinckley Forum: The World of Personal Data

Oct 20, 2014

Thursday October 2, 2014

Adam Tanner, fellow at the Institute of Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University; author and Forbes contributor

Co-Sponsored by MUSE

Monday September 29, 2014

Dr. Yair Hirschfeld, Israeli lecturer, University of Haifa; key architect of the Oslo Accords in 1993

Hinckley Forum: Green Infrastructure

Sep 30, 2014

Thursday September 25, 2014

Join Utah policy makers for discussion about green infrastructure What is green infrastructure? How do we plan for green infrastructure?

Co-sponsored by the American Society for Public Administration and the Center for Public Policy and Administration

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