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: Sustainability Leadership

Mar 9, 2015

Friday March 6, 2015

David Orr, Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Senior Advisor to the President of Oberlin College

Hinckley Forum: Trust and Innovation in State Politics

Mar 9, 2015

Thursday March 5, 2015

Lisa B. Nelson, Chief Executive Officer of the American Legislative Exchange Council (“ALEC”)

Hinckley Forum: Careers in the Foreign Service

Mar 9, 2015

Wednesday March 4, 2015

Harry K. Thomas, State Department diplomat-in-residence for the Southwest

Hinckley Forum: The Future of U.S. - Mexican Relations

Mar 9, 2015

Monday March 2, 2015

Ambassador Alejandro Estivill-Castro, Deputy Head of Mission of the Mexican Embassy to the United States of America

Hinckley Forum: Hispanic Business

Mar 9, 2015

Monday March 2, 2015

Javier Palomarez, President and CEO, United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Hinckley Forum: Indocumentado - Immigration and Youth in Crisis

Mar 9, 2015

Thursday February 26, 2015

Julie Stewart, Assistant Professor, Sociology, Westminster College

Sol Jimenez, Latino/a Youth Immigrant Activist, Mestizo Arts and Activism, Undergraduate Student in political Science, Sociology, and Ethnic Studies

Ciria Alvarez, Project Leader, U Dream Advising Corps, Somos Dreamers Scholarship Foundation, Undergraduate Student in Political Science, Sociology

Luis Garza, Executive Director, Comunidades Unidas

Hinckley Forum: A Long 90 Miles - Reality of Cuban Detente

Mar 9, 2015

Thursday February 26, 2015

Rachel DeLevie-Orey​, Atlantic Council, Assistant Director of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center

Hinckley Forum: How Green Gold Will Save the Amazon

Mar 9, 2015

Thursday February 26, 2015

Mark Neeleman, Chairman and Founder of Bamazon Technologies

Hinckley Forum: Trends and Transformations - The New Latin America

Mar 9, 2015

Wednesday February 25, 2015

Peter Schecter​, Atlantic Council, Director of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center

Wednesday February 25, 2015

Evan Ward, Visiting Fellow, The Wheatley Institute, BYU

Hinckley Forum: Challenges and Opportunities in the Mexican Energy Market

Mar 6, 2015

Tuesday February 24, 2015

Gustavo Almaraz, Executive Director Grupo Estrategia Política (Mexico's top lobbying firm)

Hinckley Forum: Education, Leadership, and Success

Mar 6, 2015

Tuesday February 24, 2015

Education, Leadership, and Success: Carlos Martins, the English Teacher who Graduated more than 100 Millionaires in Brazil

Carlos Martins, 2015 Hinckley Fellow

Hinckley Forum: The Future of Utah-Latin American Economic Development

Mar 6, 2015

Tuesday February 24, 2015

Val Hale, Executive Director, Governor’s Office of Economic Development

Hinckley Forum: Decolonizing Settler-Colonialism and Native Americans

Mar 6, 2015

Monday February 23, 2015

Leo Killsback, Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies at Arizona State University,

Co-sponsored by the Peace Advocacy Coalition (PAC); Wasatch Coalition for Peace and Justice; Tanner Center for Human Rights, U of U; Utah Valley University Peace & Justice Studies, Salt Lake Community College (SLCC), School of Humanities and Social Sciences; Salt Lake City Public Library; Utahns for a Just Peace in the Holy Land

Monday February 23, 2015

Professor Armando Solorzano, Associate Professor, Family and Consumer Studies and Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies

Hinckley Forum: Elect Her Presents - Making an Impact

Mar 6, 2015

Friday February 20, 2015

Senator Patricia Jones Utah's 4th Senate District (2006 - 2014)

Hinckley Forum: Terrorism and Today's Media

Mar 6, 2015

Thursday February 19, 2015

Terrorism and Today’s Media: Roles, Responsibilities and the Changing Dynamics of Reporting a War on Terror

Amos N. Guiora, Professor of Law, Co-Director, Center for Global Justice, University of Utah

Bill Warren, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, University of Utah

Moderator: Kirk Jowers Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics<

Hinckley Forum: Outstanding Professor Series

Mar 6, 2015

Wednesday February 18, 2015

Professor Jim Ruble,  Associate Professor (Clinical), Department of Pharmacotherapy; College of Pharmacy Distinguished Teaching Award 2010-2011 and  2013-2014

Hinckley Forum: Europe - Opportunities and Challenges

Mar 6, 2015

Tuesday February 17, 2015

The EU Presidency of Latvia

His Excellency Andris Razans, Ambassador to the U.S. for Latvia

Hinckley Forum: Is East Asia Headed for a Nuclear Arms Race?

Mar 6, 2015

Thursday February 5, 2015

Henry Sokolski, Executive Director

The Nonproliferation Policy Education Center

Co-sponsored by The Asia Center and The Barbara L. and Norman C. Tanner Center for Nonviolent Human Rights Advocacy<

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

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