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Fridays with Frank

Join us for Fridays with Frank with Jonathan Alter at 10:00 am MT on Friday, February 5.


Jonathan Alter is an award-winning author, political analyst, documentary filmmaker, columnist, television producer and radio host.


Alter is the author of three New York Times bestsellers: “The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies”(2013), “The Promise: President Obama, Year One” (2010) and “The Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope”(2006), also one of the Times’ “Notable Books” of the year. Alter released his latest book: “His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, A Life” on September 29th, 2020.

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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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, but it seeks to provide a forum for open and informed discussion characterized by civility, tolerance, and compromise. The Institute seeks to fulfill 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.  View a gallery of photos from the reception welcoming new Frank and Bethine Church Chair of Public Affairs Steven Feldstein.

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