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: Be a Part of the Change

Apr 16, 2015

Tuesday April 14, 2015

Be a Part of the Change: Come Learn About the Annual Oxford Human Rights Consortium for Students

Utah students who participated in the prestigious Oxford Human Rights Consortium at the University of Oxford this March will present a panel recounting their experience and perspectives on Peace Building and Violent Conflict.

Welcoming Note: Michael Hardman, Office for Global Engagement

Introduction: Deen Chatterjee, S.J. Quinney College of Law

Hinckley Forum: Oxford Human Rights Consortium

Apr 16, 2015

Monday April 13, 2015

Teaching Peace in Times of War: Reflections on Violence and Non-Violence in the 21st Century

Professor Cheyney Ryan, Oxford University

Co-sponsored by Office for Global Engagement; Center for Global Justice, S.J. Quinney College of Law; Honors College; Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative, David Eccles School of Business; and Tanner Center for Human Rights 


Monday April 13, 2015

Karl Lins, Spencer Fox Eccles Chair in Banking and Professor of Finance, David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah

David Chapman, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Geology & Geophysics and Dean Emeritus, Graduate School

Garvin Jabusch, Co-founder, Green Alpha Advisors and University of Utah Alumni

Sarah Jack Hinners, Acting Director, Ecological Planning Center and Assistant Professor, Research, Dept. of City and Metropolitan Planning


Hinckley Forum: Explaining President Xi Jinping's Anti-Corruption Campaign

Apr 16, 2015

Monday April 6, 2015

Qingshan Tan, Professor of the Department of Political Science and Director of Asian Studies, Cleveland State University

Presented by The Confucius Institute and Asia Center


Hinckley Forum: Outsanding Professor Series - Kristen Hawkes

Apr 16, 2015

Wednesday April 1, 2015

 Professor Kristen Hawkes, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the University of Utah

Hinckley Forum: How Congress Really Works

Apr 14, 2015

Friday March 27, 2015

James Curry, University of Utah

Laurel Harbridge, Northwestern University

John Wilkerson, University of Washington

Greg Koger, University of Miami

Kathryn Pearson, University of Minnesota

Co-sponsored by the Betty Glad Memorial Fund and the Department of Political Science


Hinckley Forum: Was the War in Afghanistan Worth It?

Apr 14, 2015

Thursday March 26, 2015

Professor Amos Guiora, Co-Director, Center for Global Justice, College of Law

Maj. (Ret.) Roger Perkins, Director of Veterans Support

Maj. Matt Cavanaugh, Defense and Strategic Studies Instructor, United States Military Academy

Rich Stowell, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Communications

Kirk Jowers (moderator) Director, Hinckley Institute of Politics

Hinckley Forum: American Settle-Colonialism

Apr 14, 2015

Thursday March 26, 2015

Walter Hixson, Distinguished professor, specializes in the history of U.S. foreign policy; past president, Akron chapter of the American Association of University Professors

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


Hinckley Forum: The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism

Apr 14, 2015

Thursday March 26, 2015

Theda Skocpol, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology

American Politics, Department of Government, Harvard University

Co-sponsored by the Departments of Political Science and Sociology

Hinckley Forum: Outstanding Professor Series - Dr. Balamurali K. Ambati

Apr 14, 2015

Wednesday March 25, 2015

Dr. Balamurali K. Ambati, M.D., Ph.D., Moran faculty, researcher and physician; the world’s youngest person to graduate from medical school at 17


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<