Spring 2016 Update

Hinckley Institute Upcoming Events
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Next week, the Hinckley Institute and the office of Career Services will cohost a series of forums featuring careers in the government and nonprofit sectors. All events are free and open to the public, and pizza will be served! 

In honor of the public speaking skills of former Utah Congressman Wayne Owens, the Hinckley Institute and ASUU are thrilled to sponsor HIP Talks, a university-wide speech contest. All matriculated students at the University of Utah are encouraged to participate. Students will deliver two minute speeches on any topic and will be judged on delivery (including memorization), length, and overall quality of speech. Students are welcome to register for as many preliminary rounds as they would like in order to qualify for the final round. Students may register the day of the preliminary round or pre-register online. Each student that registers will receive a free t-shirt. All events are free and open to the public. 


Applications for the 2016-2017
Hinckley Ambassador Program
Due April 11, 2016

Hinckley Ambassadors take an exclusive tour of the start up incubator Church and State. 

The Hinckley Institute is now accepting applications for our Hinckley Student Ambassador Program. Ambassadors serve as student representatives for the Hinckley Institute and play a key role in Hinckley outreach and marketing to students on campus and in the community. Ambassadors are also given the opportunity to attend, host, and plan forums and conferences through the Hinckley Institute and develop leadership skills through monthly networking meetings with campus, community, and political leaders. This unique experience will prepare and qualify students for future work opportunities as they gain valuable and marketable experience with Utah’s higher education and diplomatic relationships. Ambassadors will work closely with the Hinckley Institute staff, and gain exposure to exclusive events and research opportunities.  Click here to access the application and learn more


On Thursday, March 3, the Hinckley Institute of Politics hosted former Governor Mitt Romney who offered commentary on the 2016 Presidential Election. With lines beginning at 6:00 am, the event pulled a crowd of over 700 students and community members and close to 90 national news outlets. Since Governor Romney's address, the Hinckley Institute has gained international exposure, appearing on every major news station and in publications from TIME magazine to The Washington Post

A full transcript and video of Governor Romney's address can be found here

The Hinckley Institute holds hundreds of forums every year. All forums are free and open to the public, with the purpose of exposing University students to dynamic expertise of all disciplines. For a full calendar of events, please visit our website, or find a schedule for the month of March below. 




Global Priority - April 1, 2016
Global General - May 1, 2016

National/DC - April 8, 2016

Local - June 5, 2016

Apply here.

Please visit http://www.hinckley.utah.edu/internships/ for more information on specific internships.


Mr. Mickey Ibarra, founder and chairman of the Latino Leaders Network, welcomed Ciriac to the team during the Tribute to Mayor's Dinner.
Ciriac Alvaraez is a third year undergraduate student studying political science and sociology at the University of Utah. She was born in Cuernavaca Morelos, Mexico, and grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. Ciriac is the spring 2016 intern for the Ibarra Strategy Group in Washington, DC. This semester she has worked directly with the Latino Leaders Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing leaders together. She has assisted with a Tribute to Mayor's event and a Luncheon Series, both of which honored leaders who are making a difference in their communities. 

Ciriac is co-founder and co-chair of a student group for first generation college students, Somos Dreamers. She continually advocates for her fellow DREAMers by raising scholarship funds and awareness at the University of Utah. She hopes to continue advocating for her immigrant and Latino community by earning a JD and becoming a civil rights attorney. 


The Hinckley Institute is proud to congratulate Lesley Garaycochea, Utah finalist for the 2016 Harry S. Truman Scholarship. Lesley interviewed for the award on March 24, 2016, in Phoenix, Arizona.

Lesley is a tremendous advocate for domestic and sexual assault victims, supporting hundred of women and children seeking safety from an abuser in both domestic violence shelters and protective order court. She has expanded this mission to leadership positions on campus, work with the Salt Lake County Mayor's Office, and policy recommendations to the Utah State Legislature. 

Lesley intends to pursue a joint JD and Master of Public Policy degree focusing on criminal law and domestic policy, with hopes to work on a prosecution team specializing in domestic abuse, assault, and sex related crimes in the Special Investigations Division of a State Attorney General's Office. 

We are so proud of Lesley and all University of Utah nominees. We wish her luck as the Truman Foundation makes their final decision. 

For more information about the Truman Scholarship and application requirements, click here or email Gina Shipley


THURSDAY, MAR. 31 | 9:30 AM 
Unequal Voices: The Politics of Inequality
Panel 1: On Gender and Inequality

Moderator: Dr. Megan Reynolds, Department of Sociology, U of U
Dr. Günseli Berik, Department of Economics, U of U
Dr. Sharon Mastracci, Department of Political Science, U of U
Dr. Sarah Roberts, University of California, San Francisco
Dr. Teresa Molina, University Neighborhood Partners, U of U

THURSDAY, MAR. 31 | 10:45 AM 
Unequal Voices: The Politics of Inequality
Panel 2: On Income Inequality

Moderator: Alex Lovell, PhD Student, Department of Political Science, U of U
Dr. Nick Carnes, Stanford School of Public Policy, Duke University
Dr. Colleen Casey, Department of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Arlington
Dr. Thomas Maloney, Department of Economics, U of U

THURSDAY, MAR. 31 | 2:00 PM 
Brazil Corruption scandals and Their Ramifications 
Joao Alberto Graca, Special Advisor to the Minister of Labor and Employment of Brazil and a member of the Brazilian Committee of Investment Funds

FRIDAY, APR. 1 | Noon (Pizza & Politics)
How Did Utah Women Fare This Legislative Session?
Rep. Becky Edwards
Rep. Carol Spackman Moss

Rep. Angela Romero
Senator Jani Imawoto
Presented by the Utah Women's Coalition

MONDAY, APR. 4 | 10:45 AM
Unparalleled Partnerships
Utah and Southern France: When Nice city meets Salt Lake City

Rudy Salles, Member, National Assembly of France, Vice Mayor of Nice, France

MONDAY, APR. 4 | Noon (Pizza & Politics)
*Career Exploration Center - Student Services Bldg. 305*

Government and Nonprofit Jobs Week: The NSA
Chris Jones, Recruiter, NSA

TUESDAY, APR. 5 | Noon (Pizza & Politics)
Government and Nonprofit Jobs Week
Keynote: Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams

TUESDAY, APR. 5| 3:00 PM
Hot Topics: A Diplomat's View
Ambassador Christopher Robert Hill, Dean of the Josef Corbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver; former Ambassador to Iraq, Republic of Korea, Poland, and Republic of Macedonia and Assistant Secretary of State East Asian and Pacific Affairs

WEDNESDAY, APR. 6 | Noon (Pizza & Politics)
*Career Exploration Center - Student Services Bldg. 305*

Government and Nonprofit Jobs Week: Nonprofit Panel
Krystal Rogers-Nelson, Program Director, Real Food Rising
Elizabeth Garbe, Senior Director of Government Relations and Public Policy, United Way of Salt Lake
Nancy Winemiller Basinger, President and CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah

MONDAY, APR. 4 | Noon (Pizza & Politics)
America and Islam: Peace and Justice in an Age of ISIS and Islamophobia
Professor Omid Safi, Director of the Islamic Studies Center at Duke University; editor, Progressive Muslims: On Justice, Gender, and Pluralism
Co-sponsored by The Barbara L. and Norman C. Tanner Center for Nonviolent Human Rights Advocacy, Middle East Center, Religious Studies Program, Office of Equity and Diversity, Peace Advocacy Coalition, Utahns for a Just Peace in the Holy Land, Wasatch Coalition for Peace and Justice, Gandhi Alliance for Peace

THURSDAY, APR. 7 | Noon (Pizza & Politics)
Government and Nonprofit Jobs Week: Trade and Finance
Moderator: Don Willie, Managing Director, World Trade Center Utah
Daniel Leifson, Founder & CEO, The Rubicon Council
Nicholas Fry, Senior Examiner, FDIC
Erin Laney, Business Development Director, EDC Utah

THURSDAY, APR. 7 | Noon (Pizza & Politics)
Sufism, Salafism, and Security in Northwest Africa
Professor Jonathan Hill, Reader in Postcolonialism and the Maghreb in the Defense Studies Department at King's College, London


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