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The Hinckley Institute of Politics is thrilled to present the 2015 Sam Rich Lecture, "A Conversation with Michael Lewis" in conjunction with the David Eccles School of Business.  Lewis' acclaimed New York Times bestsellers include MoneyballThe Blind SideFlash BoysBoomerang, and Liar's Poker—to name a few. His book on the financial meltdown, The Big Short is currently being made into a widely-anticipated film starring Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, and Steve Carell.

The event will take place at Abravanel Hall the evening of September 24 and promises to sell out well in advance. Tickets are available for purchase now from ArtTix.  To learn more about VIP opportunities, click here

Student tickets are available from ASUU for $5.00.

The 2015-2016 academic year brings exciting events, incredible opportunities, and big transitions to the Hinckley Institute and Hinckley students.  Stop by OSH 255 from noon to 2:00 PM on Wednesday, September 3, for free pizza and to learn about new internships, academic courses, public forums, and more.  

If you can't make the open house, make sure to look for Hinckley Institute representatives at Welcome Week events across campus. 


SCOTLAND: August 28
GLOBAL:September 13
NATIONAL: September 13
LOCAL: September 26

With over 300 internship host offices across the world, the Hinckley Institute provides professional opportunities for students of all majors and disciplines.  Visit the Hinckley Internships homepage for more information or to apply now.  


This course is designed to introduce students to the management of political and public affairs campaigns through lectures, guest speakers, and active participation in political campaigns.  This year, the campaign management course will be especially fascinating as it involves cutting edge research on Utah's caucus system and the new process candidates can use to gain access to the primary election. 

This writing-intensive course exposes students to diverse perspectives on current events and political and social issues. Students attend a variety of Hinckley Forums featuring academics, policymakers, diplomats, authors, and other public officials. The course additionally hones students’ public speaking prowess.  No permission code is needed to register for this class, but spots are filling up rapidly, so register soon!

This course is taught by the Hinckley Institute’s Resident Scholar John Price, who served as the Ambassador to the Republic of Mauritius, the Republic of Seychelles, and the Union of Comoros from 2002—2005. This think tank is reserved for a select group of students and focuses on foreign policy as it relates to Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. Due to the competitive nature of this think tank, you must apply for entry. Please email a resume and cover letter to Lisa Hawkins


SEPTEMBER 21  | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm  |  OSH 255


The Harry S. Truman Scholarship is a highly competitive and prestigious federal scholarship granted to U.S. college juniors for demonstrated leadership potential and a commitment to public service. The $30,000 scholarship goes towards graduate education. 

The Hinckley Institute is the University of Utah's designated entity for preparing and nominating Truman Candidates. For more information on applying to the Truman Scholarship, attend this month's information session and/or contact Gina Shipley. Pizza will be served.


Former Hinckley Institute Student Staffer Kendahl Melvin spent this last semester as an intern for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and we are proud to announce that she has accepted the position of Legislative Correspondent for Congressman Jason Chaffetz. 

Kendahl completed some of the Hinckley Institute's top internships, including the European Union in Brussels, Belgium, and the Governor's Office of Economic Development in Salt Lake City, UT. She also founded the University of Utah chapter of Real Women Run, served as ASUU Senior Class President, and ran the 800 meter for the U of U's women's track and field team. 

The Hinckley Institute will miss Kendahl terribly, but we wish her luck in all her future endeavors.  We can't wait to watch the success she's sure to claim. 


As we send off our Fall 2015 intern cohort, we invite you to follow their adventures around the city, the country, and even the globe here
Fall 2015 Global and National interns just a week before they flew out for internships ranging from the House Oversight Committee in Washington, DC, to Heart Media in Cape Town, South Africa. 


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, NOON (Pizza & Politics)
The Conservative Heart; How to Build a Fairer, Happier and more Prosperous America
Arthur C. Books, New York Times bestselling author, social scientist, and president of the American Enterprise Institute
Co-sponsored by the Sutherland Institute

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, NOON (Pizza & Politics)
Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions: The Global Movement Against Israeli Settler-Colonialism and Apartheid
Susan Abulhawa, Palestinian American writer, human rights activist and founder of non-governmental organizations, Playgrounds for Palestine; she is the author of international best-selling novel, Mornings in Jenin.  Her latest novel, The Blue Between Sky and Water, is released in the U.S.  on September 1, 2015.  It has already been translated into 19 languages. 
Presented by the Tanner Center for Human Rights and Peace Advocacy Coalition (PAC)

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, NOON (Pizza & Politics)
Moneyball at the U: Coach K Discusses Recruiting Strategy
Larry Krystkowiak, Head Coach, Utah Utes men's basketball

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 12:30 PM (Pizza & Politics)
Social Entrepreneurship: Community Innovation, Investing & Impact
Jeremy Keele, Executive Director, Policy Innovation Lab, David Eccles School of Business
Fraser Nelson, Director, Data and Innovation, Salt lake City County
Britton Winterrose, Consultant, Former Vice President of ENACTUS University Chapter
Kathy Hajeb, Director, Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, Innovation Scholars Program
Presented by the Bennion Center

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, NOON (Pizza & Politics)
Hazing: A Cross-Community Discussion
Lori McDonald, Ph.D. Dean of Students
Kate M. Charipar, Assistant Athletics Director for Compliance
Roger L. Perkins, Director of Veterans Support Center
Marty Liccardo, Heath Educator for the Center for Student Wellness 
Hailey Ingham, (moderator) Vice President of Judicial and Risk Reduction for the Panhellenic Council, U of U  
Co-Sponsored by the University of Utah's Greek Council

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, NOON (Pizza & Politics)
Responding to ISIS: Rebuilding Lives in the Middle East
Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, Life Peer in the United Kingdom's House of Lords; Executive Chairman, Amar International Charitable Foundation

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, NOON (Pizza & Politics)
Decision 2015: Salt Lake Council 6
Nate Salazar v. Derek Kitchen

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, NOON (Pizza & Politics)
How my U of U Political Science Degree Has Helped Me in My Career
Tianna Tu
Sophia DiCaro 
Steven Roll
David Spatafore

Presented by the Political Science SAC


The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour airs every Wednesday from 10:00-11:00 AM on KCPW. Tune in to hear student speeches, previous Hinckley forums, and news on upcoming Hinckley events. 

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