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Frank Church Conference Oct. 23 Focuses on Refugees, Migration and National Security

By: Brady W Moore   Published 10:02 am / September 7, 2017

Archive photo of Church family in Washington DC.

The Church family in Washington D.C.

Boise State University and the Frank Church Institute will host the 34th annual Frank Church Conference on public affairs on Monday, Oct. 23. The conference will focus on refugees and is themed “America’s Future: Refugees, Migration and National Security.”

It will run from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in the Student Union Building’s Simplot Ballroom and is free and open to all students and the public.

Oct. 23 conference speakers include Anne C. Richard, former assistant secretary of state for population, refugees, and migration; Jennifer Simes, senior vice president for U.S. programs of the International Rescue Committee; Steven Feldstein, the Frank and Bethine Church chair of public affairs, and former deputy assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor. Additional speakers will include Mayor Dave Bieter; Jim Jones, former Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court; Jan Reeves, director of the Idaho Office of Refugees; and more. 

The Frank Church Institute also will help sponsor the Marilyn Shuler Human Rights Initiative programs featuring Tony Stewart and Norm Gissel, the founders of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations, at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Simplot Ballroom.

The Frank Church Institute was established in 1982 as the Frank Church Chair of Public Affairs at Boise State University to honor the achievements and to carry forward the principles of one of Idaho’s most distinguished native sons, U.S. Sen. Frank Church.

The Institute, which is housed within the School of Public Service at Boise State, emphasizes to its students those ideas which the senator held dear – a strong belief in the rule of law, eloquence firmly based on reason, and an unwavering faith in the American political system.

The Frank Church Institute’s mission is to “promote civic engagement and understanding of public policy with focus on foreign relations.” The institute is non-partisan. It seeks to “provide a forum for open and informed discussion characterized by civility, tolerance and compromise.” The institute fulfills its mission through the sponsorship of the annual Frank Church Conference, the Frank and Bethine Church Chair of Public Affairs, and the Frank Church Scholarships at Boise State University.

For more information about the Frank Church Conference, contact Garry Wenske, executive director of the Frank Church Institute, For more information about the Marilyn Shuler Human Rights Initiative, contact Jill Gill, director of the Marilyn Shuler Human Rights Initiative, at