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A Remarkable Week for Teachers

JUNE 24 – 28, 2024

“This is the best seminar for teachers to learn about and connect with the political world and leaders of Utah, by giving them the opportunity to discuss issues directly with those who are involved from legislators to Utah Supreme Court justices. The presentations are always well designed and full of information that can easily be used in the civics classroom. Through this experience, I’ve been able to effectively connect the real world of politics to what I teach my students in class.”

— Stephan Seabury, World History/AP U.S. Government Teacher

The Huntsman Seminar in Constitutional Government for Teachers is a five-day summer seminar for teachers and administrators sponsored by The Huntsman Foundation. The Huntsman Seminar seeks to improve the quality and accessibility of civic education in Utah schools. Participants gain valuable knowledge and insight into current events in American politics by learning from and interacting with political experts, judges, university faculty, and elected officials. The Huntsman Seminar is a unique opportunity for teachers to gain an in-depth understanding of local, state, and national political issues and how to incorporate civics education into their curriculum.

Twenty-five to thirty teachers and administrators from Utah are selected to participate in this fellowship and receive continuing education credit worth more than $1,000. A Huntsman Seminar fellowship provides 3 graduate credit hours (Political Science 6990) and all costs for tuition and supplies. Participants are asked to contribute a $50 enrollment fee. The Hinckley Institute also has a small fund to help provide lodging for teachers who would be prohibited from participating in the Huntsman Seminar by the distance from their residence to Salt Lake City.

Topics covered during the seminar will include:

    • The American Republic & the U.S. Constitution

    • The Two-Party System in the U.S. and Utah

    • Quality of Leadership and Representation

    • The Impact of the Media & Media Literacy

    • Politics in the Classroom: The Fine Art of Educating Young Citizens

    • Interest Group Politics

    • The Judicial System in the U.S. and Utah

    • The Right to Vote/Ethics Reform

We are planning the 2024 Huntsman Seminar as an in-person event at the University of Utah with off-site sessions at the Matheson Courthouse and Utah State Capitol.

FINAL DEADLINE: June 10, 2024

The Hinckley Institute has a small fund to provide free lodging for out-of-town educators. If you would like to be considered for lodging, please apply by April 10th. All applications submitted by the April 10th priority deadline will receive notice of acceptance by April 15th.

*The Huntsman Seminar is organized by the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. Continuing education credit is awarded through the University of Utah.

To learn more, or if you are interested in attending the Huntsman Seminar, please contact Nick Cockrell.