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: 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

Hinckley Forum: How to Get Community Engaged Through the U

Sep 30, 2014

Thursday September 18, 2014

Dean McGovern, Director, Bennion Center

Ashley Glen, Learning Abroad Coordinator

Trever Bruhn, Program Director, BEACON Scholars, Office of Engagement

Rachel-Hayes-Harb, Associate Professor of Linguistics, Director of Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

Patrick McShane, Program Manager, My U Signature Experience MUSE

Thursday September 11, 2014

Ambassador Dr. Ugljesa (Ugi) Zvekic, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Serbia to the UN and other international organizations in Geneva (2009-2013)

Hinckley Forum: Latin America Rising

Sep 30, 2014

Tuesday September 9, 2014

Latin America Rising Until the Rulers Obey: Voices from Latin American Social Movements

Book Talk and Dialogue with the editors Clifton Ross and Marcy Rein

Presented by the Sam Rich Program in International Politics

Hinckley Forum: "I Am A Utah Man?" Debate

Apr 24, 2014

Friday April 18, 2014

Annie Christenson (moderator) Dean of Students

Courtney McBeth, Associate Director, Hinckley Institute of Politics and Director Global Internships, Office for Global Engagement

Cheston Newhall, student, U of U

Natalie Harris, Regional Development Officer, U of U

Hinckley Forum: BEACON Scholars

Apr 24, 2014

Thursday April 17, 2014

  Presented by the Bennion Center

Hinckley Forum: U.S. - UK Cooperation

Apr 24, 2014

Wednesday April 16, 2014

  Sir Peter Westmacott,British Ambassador to the USA

Hinckley Forum: Pursuing Peace - Healing 9/11

Apr 24, 2014

Wednesday April 16, 2014

  Ann Wright, Army Reserve Veteran

Hinckley Forum: Vision for Korea - U.S. Relations

Apr 24, 2014

Tuesday April, 15, 2014

Han dong-man, Korean Consul General in San Francisco

Hinckley Forum: The Future of the World Trade Organization

Apr 24, 2014

Friday April 11, 2014

Pradeep Mehta, President, Consumer Unity & Trust Society (CUTS-International)

Co-sponsored by teh Economics Department and the Center for Global Justice, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of UTah

Hinckley Forum: The NSA and Our Constitutional Rights

Apr 11, 2014

Thursday April 10, 2014

Thomas Drake, Former Senior Executive of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), decorated United States Air Force and United States Navy veteran, Drake was the first NSA Whistleblower