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The Frank Church Institute

The Frank Church Institute advances the legacy issues of Senator Frank Church and Bethine Church – leadership, the environment, democracy, the rule of law, and strong international relations. The Frank Church Institute serves to enhance the public forum through addressing vital issues of our time.

Our current theme, How do Democracies Survive and Thrive in the 21st Century? shapes the Frank Church Institute’s mission to be a leading voice in our community and beyond when it comes to promoting civic engagement and understanding of public policy. Now is the time to get engaged and stay engaged.



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, Senator Frank Church.

The Institute, which is housed within the School of Public Service at Boise State University, 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.

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