June 14, 2016

Chaffetz, Teng Talk Issues at Pre-Primary Public Forum

Hinckley Institute of Politics and Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute sponsor “Candidate Conversations” as part of INFORMED DECISIONS 2016

The two Republicans vying to represent Utah’s Third Congressional District will answer questions and lay out their vision for America’s future during a pre-Primary Election town hall.

Incumbent Rep. Jason Chaffetz and challenger Chia-Chi Teng will join Hinckley Institute of Politics director Jason Perry to talk education, health care, national security and other issues during the Candidate Conversations event, part of the INFORMED DECISIONS 2016 public information campaign spearheaded by the Hinckley Institute of Politics and Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah.

Members of the public will be able to submit questions at the forum and on Twitter by using the hashtag #ID2016.

“The Candidate Conversations are aimed at preparing voters for Election 2016 and we’re thrilled to have both Rep. Chaffetz and Mr. Teng participate,” Perry said. “We look forward to giving GOP voters the information they need to make an informed decision in the June 28 Primary Election.” 

WHAT:         

 Candidate Conversations: Utah’s Third Congressional District

WHEN:          

Monday, June 20

  • 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.:     Rep. Jason Chaffetz
  • 11:15 a.m. to noon:   Chia-Chi Teng

WHERE:       

Moot Court Room, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah

383 S. University St., Salt Lake City

Contacts:

•   Nick Thiriot, Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute: nick.thiriot@utah.edu, 801-842-9150

•   Jennifer Napier-Pearce, Hinckley Institute of Politics: jnpearce@hinckley.utah.edu, 801-631-0707


June 3, 2016

State school board candidates face off: Debate series to highlight view before June 28 primary

From establishing student testing to assessing curriculum standards, decisions made by the Utah State School Board directly affect the state’s 643,000 public school students, their families, teachers, and administrators.

Seven of eight school board positions up for election will involve a primary this year. As a result, the Utah Association of Public Charter Schools, Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, Sutherland Institute, and KSL/Deseret News have teamed up to host public forums with the candidates.

“State school board positions often get overlooked by higher-profile offices, but these individuals shape the future for Utah students and teachers,” said Royce Van Tassell, Utah Association of Public Charter Schools. “We hope this debate series will educate the public before the important June primary.”

Audio excerpts from the candidates will be available at KSL.com


DEBATE SCHEDULE:

  • Tuesday, June 7 at 6:30 p.m.: District 15 – George Washington Academy, 2277 S. 3000 East, St. George
  • Wednesday, June 8 at 6:30 p.m.: District 4 – North Davis Preparatory Academy, 1765 W. Hill Field Rd., Layton
  • Wednesday, June 15 at 6:30 p.m.: District 7 – Salt Lake Arts Academy, 844 S. 200East, Salt Lake City
  • Thursday, June 16 at 6:30 p.m.: District 8 – American International School of Utah, 4998 S. 360 West, Murray
  • Saturday, June 18 at 9:30 a.m.: District 11 – Early Light Academy, 11709 S. Vadania Dr., South Jordan
  • Wednesday, June 22 at 6:30 p.m.: District 10 – Channing Hall, 13515 S. 150 East, Draper
  • Thursday, June 23 at 6:30 p.m.: District 12 – Noah Webster Academy, 205 E. 400 South, Orem

ABOUT THE ORGANIZERS:

Utah Association of Public Charter Schools is a nonprofit which advocates for the 67,000 students attending charter schools in Utah and their families.

Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah is dedicated to promoting political and civic involvement and engaging university students and the general public in the political process.

Sutherland Institute is a Utah-based non-profit focused on thought leadership, empowering principles, elevated dialogue and enlightened public policy.

KSL NewsRadio provides news, traffic and weather on 102.7 FM/1160 AM.
Deseret News is the first news organization and longest continuously-operating business in the state of Utah.
For more information, please contact Jennifer Napier-Pearce.


May 19, 2016

Hinckley Institute of Politics names new communications director

The Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah has tapped veteran journalist Jennifer Napier-Pearce to become its new associate director of communications.

Napier-Pearce’s broad experience in print, radio and online media will strengthen the Hinckley’s mission of promoting political involvement, civil discourse and valued political analysis, said Hinckley Institute director Jason Perry.

“Jennifer’s fresh perspective, energy and respected reputation will amplify the Hinckley Institute story in new ways,” Perry said. “I’m delighted to have her on board as we build on the institute’s rock-solid history as a leader in education, politics and community dialogue.”

The Hinckley Institute of Politics was established in 1965 through the generous bequest of the Noble Foundation and Robert H. Hinckley. For more than 50 years, the Hinckley has remained committed to providing unique educational opportunities to students and the broader community, hosting a record-setting 116 political forums in the past year, including prominent figures such as broadcast journalist Ted Koppel and best-selling author Michael Lewis. The institute has received international recognition for its transformative opportunities — including a global internship program that operates in 58 nations. Hinckley Institute students rival their Ivy League peers in securing top graduate school placements and national scholarships; they are credited with helping the U to become one of the top-producers of Truman Scholars in the nation.

The Hinckley Institute holds several signature events each year including the Sam Rich Lecture Series, the Siciliano Forum Series, the Outstanding Professor Lecture Series, the Huntsman Seminar, HIP Talks and the Wayne Owens Fund programming. The institute’s momentum will further accelerate in coming years, as construction on a new Orson Spencer Hall — which will result in a new home for the Hinckley Institute — gets underway in the coming weeks.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to join the Hinckley team,” Napier-Pearce said. “I cherish the experience I gained as a Hinckley intern, and as a journalist, I valued the Hinckley as a trusted source for all things political. It’s a tremendous honor to align with this prestigious institution.”

Since January 2013, Napier-Pearce has been a multimedia reporter for The Salt Lake Tribune, hosting the award-winning video program, “Trib Talk,” on sltrib.com and the weekly radio news show, “Behind the Headlines,” on KCPW and Utah Public Radio. She’s also been news director, anchor, host and reporter for both KUER 90.1 FM and KCPW 88.3/105.5 FM, earning numerous top awards from the Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, Utah Broadcasters Association and the national Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI). A former adjunct professor at the University of Utah and frequent host of community events, Napier-Pearce has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah and a master’s degree from Stanford University.

Napier-Pearce’s employment begins June 1.


April 18, 2016

Hinckley & Gardner Policy Institute help Utah voters make informed decisions in 2016

 

The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute and Hinckley Institute of Politics will produce a series of 2016 election products that will help Utah voters make informed decisions. Called “Informed Decisions 2016,” the collaboration will identify the most important issues on voters’ minds, analyze these issues, and host candidate conversations to engage and inform the public. The University of Utah institutes will deliver a series of “Election Briefs” and “Candidate Conversations” to be shared this fall.

“This year will be a banner election year in Utah with key races for governor, U.S. Senate, four congressional districts, and nearly 90 percent of the Utah Legislature,” said Jason Perry, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics. “By combining data-driven analysis with in-depth, personal conversations with candidates, the voting public will be well served.”

As part of Informed Decisions 2016, the Gardner Policy Institute will host a series of focus groups to identify important issues affecting the state and probe participants about public policy options. These focus groups will include a random selection of Utahns, as well as business, community, non-profit and government leaders. A rural Utah focus group will also be conducted in collaboration with the Center for Rural Life at Southern Utah University.

“Our intent is to engage the public and learn what’s on their minds,” said Natalie Gochnour, director of the Gardner Policy Institute. “We will then ask candidates about their approaches to the most important issues of our day – education, tax policy, infrastructure investment and other vital issues impacting Utah.”

Informed Decisions 2016 will include several Election Briefs that explain why an issue is important, what was learned from the focus groups, what the data teaches us about the issue, and what are the policy options for consideration.

The Candidate Conversations will be hosted at the iconic and newly restored Wall Mansion on South Temple Street. Plans call for these discussions to be hosted “town hall style” similar to the widely popular CNN Town Hall format hosted by Anderson Cooper. These fall conversations will be facilitated by Jason Perry and open to the media.

“Elections are about the future and the ideas that will propel our state forward,” said Perry. “We’re excited to combine the energies and talent of both the Hinckley Institute and Gardner Policy Institute to engage the public, analyze issues, convene candidates, and ultimately, help the public make informed decisions.


March 2, 2016

Mitt Romney to speak at the U on the state of the 2016 Presidential Race

Former governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney will address students at a March 3 forum sponsored by the Hinckley Institute of Politics on the state of the 2016 presidential race. 

The forum will be held at 9:30 a.m. in the Edgar J. Thompson Music Hall at the David Gardner Hall Building, 1375 Presidents Circle. 

The event is part of the Hinckley Institute’s well-known series of political forums, designed to foster discussion and critical thinking about political issues of the day.

Romney, a two-time presidential candidate and businessman, will provide U students with a unique learning opportunity during a particularly interesting election season, said Jason Perry, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics and vice president for government relations at the University of Utah.

“As the 2016 election year unfolds, our students are being offered an opportunity to hear from someone with a long history of public service and political experience,” said Perry.

Limited seating will be available at Gardner Hall, and students are advised to arrive early. Media will need to be credentialed to gain access to the event. 

The campus community is advised that parking in the area may be scarce due to increased traffic around Presidents Circle around the time of the event. Use of public transportation is encouraged. 

About The Hinckley Institute of Politics

The Hinckley Institute of Politics was established in 1965 through donations from the Noble Foundation and Robert H. Hinckley. The institute observed its 50th anniversary last May and hosted a record-setting 116 political forums last year, including well-known names such as broadcaster Ted Koppel and author Michael Lewis. The institute has become known around the world for its unique programs and scholarships, including an international internship program that operates in 58 countries. Students who’ve participated in Hinckley programs are credited with helping the U to become one of the top-producing institutions of Truman Scholars in the nation.

The institute sponsors several signature events every year, including the Sam Rich Lecture Series, the Siciliano Forum Series, the Outstanding Professor Lecture Series, HIP Talks and the Wayne Owens Fund programming. The institute’s momentum will only continue forward in coming years, as construction on a new Orson Spencer Hall — which will result in a new home for the Hinckley Institute — gets underway later this year. 

 


January 15, 2016

Jason Perry named director of U’S Hinckley Institute of Politics

The University of Utah today named Jason Perry the new director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics.

In addition to becoming the venerable institute’s fifth director, Perry will continue to serve as the University of Utah’s vice president for government relations.

University of Utah President David W. Pershing emphasized that the dual role will be a natural fit, as Perry’s work in government relations will allow him to foster new learning opportunities for Hinckley Institute students.

Perry became interim director of the Hinckley Institute in June 2015 following the departure of Kirk Jowers, who left his decade-long leadership post at the institute to pursue a career in private industry.

“Jason’s extensive background in politics and his wealth of knowledge will complement the Hinckley Institute of Politics’ mission to promote political and civic involvement and to engage university students in the political process,” said Pershing. “At the helm of the institute — an institution with a vast and storied history — Jason’s experience and leadership will help the Hinckley Institute build on past successes while finding new opportunities to advance programming for students and the community at-large.”

The Hinckley Institute of Politics was established in 1965 through the generous bequest of the Noble Foundation and Robert H. Hinckley. The institute observed its 50th anniversary in May 2015 and hosted a record-setting 116 political forums in the past year, including prominent figures such as broadcast journalist Ted Koppel and best-selling author Michael Lewis. The institute has received international recognition for its transformative opportunities — including a global internship program that operates in 58 nations. Hinckley Institute students rival their Ivy League peers in securing top graduate school placements and national scholarships; they are credited with helping the U to become one of the top-producers of Truman Scholars in the nation.

The Hinckley Institute holds several signature events each year including the Sam Rich Lecture Series, the Siciliano Forum Series, the Outstanding Professor Lecture Series, the Huntsman Seminar, HIP Talks and the Wayne Owens Fund programming. The institute’s momentum will further accelerate in coming years, as construction on a new Orson Spencer Hall — which will result in a new home for the Hinckley Institute — gets underway later this spring.

“The Hinckley Institute has provided opportunities for students at the University of Utah for more than 50 years. To continue this important work, the institute needs a director who can oversee its programs at the state, national and international levels and provide a vibrant forum for students on campus. Jason Perry is eminently qualified to be the director. He has my full support and I know he will be a great asset to the university and the community as well,” said Hinckley Chairman Jim Hinckley.

Perry became vice president for government relations at the U in 2011 and is also an adjunct professor at the U’s S.J. Quinney College of Law. Prior to his arrival at the U, Perry served as the chief of staff to Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert, where he helped guide a successful transition team and a landslide victory for the governor in the November 2010 election.

“For anyone involved in Utah politics, whether as a participant, observer, scholar or student, the Hinckley Institute of Politics is the go-to institution for information, analysis and context,” said Perry. “I’ve always admired the work of the Hinckley Institute, and I’ve looked up to previous directors as leaders in such an important area of our lives. Politics matters. The activities of our elected officials and the work of government bodies impacts all Utahns, and I’m honored to be in a position to continue to ensure the next generation of citizens is engaged and informed.”

Perry has also served as executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, a cabinet-level position. Appointed in 2006 by former Utah Gov. Jon M. Huntsman, Perry oversaw the Business Development Office, the Utah Office of Tourism and the Utah Film Commission. He was instrumental in the recruitment and expansion of companies to Utah such as Amer Sports, Procter & Gamble Co., Disney Interactive Studios, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and the Hershey Co. He also helped secure filming the series of “High School Musical” films in Utah. During Perry’s time at the helm of GOED, Utah saw national accolades recognizing the state as one of the “Most Business Friendly States,” “Most Dynamic Economy” and “Best Managed State.”


September 22, 2015

U Welcomes bestselling author Michael Lewis for 2015 Sam Rich Lecture

May 12, 2015

Michael Lewis left life as a bond salesman for famed Wall Street investment bank Salomon Brothers for the publishing world in the 1980s, a move that would shake up the landscape of financial journalism forever.

Lewis, today one of the premier writers of the 21st Century, will visit Utah on Sept. 24 for a one-hour event at Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City. The event, “A Conversation with Michael Lewis” starts at 8 p.m., and is part of the University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics’ Sam Rich Lecture Series. Tickets are available for purchase through ArtTix. For University of Utah faculty and students, $5 tickets are available for purchase this week by visiting room 234 of the union or by stopping by ticket tables at the David Eccles School of Business.

Lewis’ first published book in 1989, “Liar’s Poker,” is a personal account of the culture of bond traders and also a history of the rise of Salomon Brothers, which created the market for mortgage bonds in the 1980s.

He went on to publish other bestsellers, including “Moneyball” in 2003, which told the story of the Oakland Athletics baseball team and its general manager Billy Beane, who used sabermetrics to assemble a winning team, despite a lack of money to attract top-tier players.

Another one of Lewis’ notable works is “The Big Short,” published in 2010, chronicles the housing and credit bubble and shows how some of the top names in the financial business profited by the financial crisis from 2007 to 2010.  A film version of the book starring Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, and  Steve Carrell is set to debut in December.

His resume includes several more well-known titles, including “Boomerang” in 2011 and “The Blind Side” in 2007, the story of Michael Oher, an impoverished teen who was adopted by a classmate and rose to become one of the hottest recruits in college football.  The book became an Academy Award-winning film starring Sandra Bullock.

Lewis is also a frequent contributor to the New Republic, New York Times Magazine, Slate, Vanity Fair and Bloomberg.

Lewis spoke to the U about his upcoming trip to Utah —and some of the themes that might come up during the event at Abravanel Hall.

Q:  University of Utah students will surely recognize your name as an author. But many might not realize that you got your start as a bond salesman. What made you want to trade in finance for a career in writing?

A:  I’d gone into finance with a desire for a career not in finance, but in writing, so it wasn’t all that difficult. My problem was that I didn’t really have anything much to write about: finance provided me with my first material.

Q: Your latest book, “Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt” has caused some controversy, in your suggestion that the marketplace is rigged by high-frequency trading in the forms of front running, market manipulation and insider trading. The FBI announced an investigation into these issues the day after your book release, while Securities and Exchange Commission chairwoman Mary Jo White stated in congress in 2014 that markets “are not rigged” after she was questioned about your book. As a journalist, what’s it like to see your work evoking important public conversations and potential policy changes to improve the public good?

A: It’s actually a little disturbing to me when anything I write creates a noise in public because the process of writing the book feels so private. When I’m working on it I don’t imagine public conversations about it. At most I imagine some reader taking pleasure in it. It’s nice to think that a piece of writing might move the world in some good direction. But I’ve learned the mere fact that it creates a noise doesn’t mean that it will have any effect at all, let alone the effect the writer might have wished for.

Q:  You’ve watched Hollywood A-listers bring your books to life on the big screen. From Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill in “Moneyball” to Christian Bale and Ryan Gosling, who are scheduled to appear in “The Big Short” in 2016, your work has now transcended from the bookshelves to film. What’s it like for you to see your work on screen?  Are you able to play a role in helping to ensure the films maintain the vision you had for the books when you wrote them?

A: A total delight, but I have nothing to do with the movies. A movie is so different from a book—it’s more like a short story. If an adaptation is going to be any good, the writer and director will need to break the book and re-make it. Suspecting I would be no good at breaking something I’ve made, I stay out of the process altogether.

Q:  You’ll be spending a full day in Utah in September. Have you visited the University of Utah campus before? What’s on deck for your visit in addition to your speaking engagement?

A: I have not. Is the woman’s softball team any good? If so, I want to meet the coach, and solicit instructional tips. (I have daughters I coach.)


The Hinckley Institute of Politics celebrates 50 years of excellence

SALT LAKE CITY — Prominent state, national and global leaders will join with students and alumni Wednesday evening to celebrate the Hinckley Institute of Politics’ 50th anniversary.

For five decades, the Hinckley Institute has championed student and community civic engagement. The last ten years have been marked by explosive growth—particularly on a global level. The Hinckley Institute now sends student interns to 212 local, national and global host offices spanning 61 countries.

The Hinckley Institute was established in 1965 through the generous bequest of Robert H. Hinckley and was one of the first of its kind in the nation. Since its founding, the Hinckley Institute has provided affordable internships to over 6,000 students.

In regards to the legacy, Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers states, “The Hinckley Institute has played a pivotal role for strengthening Utah politics, government and policies since its creation. It has also become increasingly important to our nation and world over the past decade as University of Utah students continue to expand their presence.”

Each year, the Hinckley Institute additionally holds more than100 acclaimed public forums featuring local, national and global figures. Past Hinckley Forum guests include Bill Clinton, Mitt Romney, Malcolm Gladwell, Thomas Friedman, Brent Scowcroft, Susan Rice and John McCain.

A significant number of local and national leaders are former Hinckley Institute students including Karl Rove, U.S. Congressman Rob Bishop, former State Senator Pat Jones and Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams.

In recognition of the Hinckley Institute’s global trajectory, the 50th gala will feature remarks by esteemed journalist and filmmaker Maziar Bahari. Bahari was imprisoned in Tehran for 118 days while covering the 2009 Iranian election for Newsweek. He was arrested for alleged espionage four days after his satirical appearance on Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show. Bahari’s memoir of his solitary confinement, Rosewater, was a New York Times’ bestseller and was recently adapted into a film directed by Jon Stewart.

EVENT INFO:

When: Wednesday, May 13, 6:30 PM

Where: Rice Eccles Stadium

**The 50th Anniversary Gala is open to the media. Dinner will be provided.**

Contacts:

Kirk Jowers, Director, Hinckley Institute of Politics, (801) 581-8501

kirk.jowers@hinckley.utah.edu

Ellesse Balli, Communications and Academic Coordinator, (801) 581-8501

ellesse.balli@hinckley.utah.edu


April 16, 2015

'Most quoted man in Utah' to leave the U

PROFESSOR KIRK JOWERS ELEVATED HINCKLEY INSTITUTE OF POLITICS TO A NEW LEVEL OF PRESTIGE ON THE NATIONAL STAGE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, JASON PERRY TO TAKE ON ROLE OF INTERIM DIRECTOR.

Kirk Jowers, a well-known professor of political science who has been dubbed the “most quoted man in Utah” during a decade-long tenure as director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, is leaving his post to pursue a career in private industry.

Jowers has ushered the Hinckley Institute through a time of great change and elevated the program to a level of national prestige during his leadership role at the institute.

“It has been an absolute joy to serve as the director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics for the past 10 years,” said Jowers. “My most enduring memories will be of the incredible people involved with this great institute: First and foremost, the thousands of students who have served our internships, attended our classes and participated in our programs; second, the Hinckley family, which includes not only Jim and Lyn Hinckley, but also my Hinckley colleagues and many Hinckley supporters who are devoted to student empowerment, civic engagement, public service and intellectual fulfillment and finally, the hundreds of speakers who have so generously given of their time to share their expertise, passion and good will.”

“Needless to say, I have never been bored during these happy years at the U,” he added.

Jason Perry, vice president for government relations at the university, will serve as interim director of the Hinckley Institute following Jowers’ departure June 30, while also maintaining his current role in government relations.

Jowers leaves as the Hinckley Institute observes its 50th anniversary this May and hosted a record-setting 116 political forums during 2014. He helped to found many new programs and scholarships including an international internship program that operates in 58 countries. Other new initiatives that are now signature events at Hinckley include the Sam Rich Lecture Series, the Siciliano Forum Series, the Outstanding Professor Lecture Series, HIP Talks and the Wayne Owens Fund programming. His work paved the way for the current Orson Spencer Hall rebuilding project, which will result in a new home for the Hinckley Institute in coming years.

“Kirk has served the Hinckley Institute and our entire community with great distinction,” said University of Utah President David W. Pershing.

Jowers is credited with strengthening existing Hinckley programs, increasing the number of students participating in Hinckley offerings and expanding opportunities to students from across all disciplines at the U. He has also represented the University of Utah in other capacities, including as director of federal relations, chief strategist for the Office of Global Engagement, co-interim director of the Middle East Center and on more than a dozen boards and search committees.

Among the accomplishments Jowers considers most significant about his time at Hinckley is building the U to become one of the top-producing institutions of Truman Scholars in the nation.

“We have proven that U alumni can compete with students anywhere as is demonstrated by the Hinckley Institute producing more consecutive Truman Scholars than any other U.S. program in the nation over the past eight years and our students routinely securing placement at the top graduate schools in the country,” said Jowers.

Perry, who is no stranger to the political scene, said he’s delighted to take on the role of interim director at Hinckley.

“The Hinckley Institute plays a vital role in fulfilling President Pershing’s initiative to provide all undergraduate students with a signature experience during their tenure on our campus,” said Perry. “Kirk has demonstrated tremendous leadership in this role and I am thrilled for the opportunity to join the team at Hinckley in this effort.”

Perry became vice president for government relations at the U in 2011 and is also an adjunct professor at the U’s S.J. Quinney College of Law.

Prior to his arrival at the U, Perry served as the chief of staff to Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert, where he helped guide a successful transition team and a landslide victory for the governor in the November 2010 election.

Perry has also served as executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, a cabinet-level position. Appointed in 2006 by former Utah Gov. Jon M. Huntsman, Perry oversaw the Business Development Office, the Utah Office of Tourism and the Utah Film Commission. Perry was instrumental in the recruitment and expansion of companies to Utah such as Amer Sports, Procter & Gamble, Disney Interactive Studios, Goldman Sachs and Hershey. He also helped secure filming the series of “High School Musical” films in Utah. During Perry’s time at the helm of GOED, Utah saw national accolades recognizing the state as one of the Most Business Friendly State, Most Dynamic Economy and Best Managed State.


February 17, 2015

The future of U.S and Latin American relations at center of 2015 Rocco C. and Marion S. Siciliano Forum

U.S. ties with Latin America have never been more critical. The U.S. now recognizes the region as one of its fastest-growing trade partners, a key ally in developing alternative fuels, as well as its largest source of immigrants—both documented and undocumented—and illegal drugs. Furthermore, as Latin America’s global impact steadily increases, the United State’s dominant influence in the region is waning.  Latin American countries have not only grown more independent but are also forging closer ties with other global powers including China and India.

In recognition of this complex and changing landscape, the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah will present the 17th Annual Rocco C. and Marion S. Siciliano Forum, Considerations on the Status of the American Society. This year’s theme is “The Future of U.S.-Latin American Relations.”

The 10 day conference, which starts on Feb.23, will consist of 16 events including art exhibits and a documentary screening. The events  are free and open to the public.


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23
9:45 AM FORUM

“Marching to a Unified Future: Latinos in Utah and the Nation” 
Armando Solorzano, University of Utah Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies 
Hinckley Caucus Room, Orson Spencer Hall, 255

12:00 PM KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Arturo Valenzuela, former U.S. Asst. Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere and former NSC Special Assistant to the President for Latin Affairs
Marriott Library, Gould Auditorium

1:00 PM ART EXHIBIT RECEPTION
“Mexico at the Hour of Combat: Photographs of the Mexican Revolution by Sabino Osuna” Presented by Jim and Lyn Hinckley
Marriot Library, 5th floor

2:00 PM RARE BOOKS DIVISION OPEN HOUSE
The Rare Books Division at the University of Utah Marriott Library presents a hands-on display of first editions, printed between 1552 and 2001, of Latin American literature. 
Marriott Library, 4th floor

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24
9:30 AM FORUM

“The Future of Utah – Latin American Economic Development” 
Val Hale, Executive Director, GOED
Hinckley Caucus Room, Orson Spencer Hall 255

12:30 PM FORUM
“Education, Leadership, and Success: Carlos Martins, the English Teacher who Graduated more than 100 Millionaire in Brazil”
Carlos Martins
Hinckley Caucus Room, Orson Spencer Hall 255

2:00 PM FORUM
“Challenges and Opportunities in the Mexican Energy Market”
Gustavo Almarez, Executive Director, Grupo Estrategia Politica (Mexico’s top lobbying firm)
Hinckley Caucus Room, Orson Spencer Hall 255

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25
9:30 AM FORUM
“The Post Hemispheric Americas: Beyond Bridges and Borders in the 21st Century.”
Evan Ward, Visiting Fellow, The Wheatley Institute, BYU
Hinckley Caucus Room, Orson Spencer Hall 255

12:30 PM FORUM
Peter Schecter, Atlantic Council, Director of the Adrienne Arsht Latin American Center 
Hinckley Caucus Room, Orson Spencer Hall 255

7:00 PM SCREENING
Screening of celebrated film Underwater Dreams and discussion with featured immigrant entrepreneur Oscar Vasquez 
The Tower Theatre

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26
10:45 AM FORUM
“How Green Gold Will Save the Amazon”
Mark Neeleman, Chairman and Founder of Bamazon Technologies 
Hinckley Caucus Room, Orson Spencer Hall 255

3:00 PM FORUM
“Indocumentado: Immigration and Youth in Crisis”
Panel Discussion in partnership with the Bennion Center
Hinckley Caucus Room, Orson Spencer Hall 255

MONDAY, MARCH 2
10:30 AM FORUM 
“Hispanic Business: What the Fastest Growing Segment of American Enterprise Means for the U.S.”
Javier Palomarez, President & CEO, United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Hinckley Caucus Room, Orson Spencer Hall, 255

12:30 PM FORUM
“The Future of U.S. – Mexican Relations”
Estivill Castro, Acting Mexican Ambassador to the United States
Hinckley Caucus Room, Orson Spencer Hall 255

To learn about partner events in Utah, please click here for more on the Utah Fine Arts Museum’s “Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art” exhibition from the Smithsonian. Jane’s Home will also host an event presented by Artes de Mexico on February 11. For more information on Jane’s Home, click here.


January 26, 2015

Sundance Summit: Clean Air, Clean Water, Clean Energy

SALT LAKE — Tomorrow, the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and the Diplomatic Courier will host the inaugural Sundance Summit, “Blueprint for a Better Future: Clean Air, Clean Water, Clean Energy.” State leaders and policy experts will be joined by Academy Award winning filmmakers to discuss the future of smart cities.

Schedule:

Governor Gary Herbert Welcome Remarks: “Blueprint for a Better Tomorrow” (8:45 AM)

Mayor Ralph Becker Keynote Remarks: “Smart Cities” (9:00 AM)

Clean Air Panel (9:45 AM)

Ted Wilson, Executive Director of UCAIR and former Salt Lake City Mayor

Dustin Haggett, Co-Founder & CEO, Impact Hub Salt Lake

Ryan Evans, VP, Business & Community Relations, Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce

Steven Bergstrom, Director of the Office of Sustainability, Intermountain Healthcare

Clean Energy Panel (10:40 AM)

Alan Matheson, Senior Environmental Advisor to Governor Herbert

Priyanka Bakaya, CEO and Founder, PK Clean

Todd Stevens, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Renewable Tech Ventures

Sarah Wright, Executive Director, Utah Clean Energy

Public Private Partnerships for Action (11:20 AM)

Ian Shelledy, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Sustainable Startups

Robert Grow, President and CEO Envision Utah

Bill Wilson, President, Sustain3 Inc.

Luncheon Address and Preview Screening (12:30 AM)

Leilani Munter, Renewable NASCAR driver—Lunch Remarks

Academy Award Winning Filmmakers of “The Cove”—Q&A

2015 Sundance Documentary “Racing Extinction”—Sneak Preview

When:

January 27

Where:         

Leonardo Museum Auditorium (209 E. 500 S.)

Note:             

Media are invited to attend any/all of the conference. The luncheon is a ticketed event but is open to the press.


October 20, 2014

Leading Ebola experts and policy makers to speak at University of Utah's "Africa Future Summit" 

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH –Today, the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and the Council of American Ambassadors will launch the two-day summit, “Africa’s Future in the Global Economy,” which will explore complex challenges and opportunities currently facing Africa.

Monday’s noteworthy addresses will include the following:

Governor Gary R. Herbert (9:15 AM)

 Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs (9:30 AM)

 Michael Leavitt, Former Secretary of Health and Human Services (12:15 PM)—Luncheon

 Daniel G. Bausch, MD, MPH&TM, Head Virology and Emerging Infections Dept. U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No. 6, Associate Professor, Dept. of Tropical Medicine, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana (2:00 PM) 

Tuesday’s noteworthy addresses will include the following:

“Investing in Africa’s Future” Panel (10:45 AM)

The Honorable Delano E. Lewis, Sr. (Moderator) Ambassador to South Africa, 1999-2001

James L. SorensonChairman, Board of Directors, Sorenson Impact Foundation Chairman and Founder, Sorenson Media

Laura Geritz, CFA Lead Portfolio Manager, Wasatch Frontier Emerging Small Countries Fund

Marshall N. WrightDirector, Business Development, Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Former Executive with L-3 Communications

U.S. Senator Orrin G. Hatch (12:45 PM)—Luncheon

This esteemed conference was previously hosted by Harvard and Georgetown.

When:

Oct. 20- 21 

Where:         

Spencer Fox Business Building, Auditorium

1655 Campus Center Drive

Note:             

Media are invited to attend any/all of the conference. The full schedule is attached and accessible online here.

Keynote luncheons are ticketed events but are still open to the press.