Frank Church Society
The Frank Church Society is a dedicated group of people interested in having deep conversations with today’s leading experts and thinkers. The Society is a membership based group within the Frank Church Institute that meets four – six times a year. If you are interested in joining the Frank Church Society, click below to email Frank Church Institute Executive Director Monica Church.
COMING UP! Frank Church Society Conversations with Dr. Allison Prasch
Allison M. Prasch is Assistant Professor of Rhetoric, Politics, and Culture in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research focuses on the intersections of rhetorical theory and history, U.S. presidential rhetoric, foreign policy, and
space/place. Her first book, The World is Our Stage: The Global Rhetorical Presidency and the Cold War (University of Chicago Press, 2023), examines how U.S. presidents used their international travels to expand the reach of presidential power and extend the United States’ global influence during the Cold War. Her work has been published in the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Southern Communication Journal, and Women’s Studies in Communication. She is the recipient of a number of scholarly awards, including the Michael Pfau Outstanding Article Award from the Political Communication Division of the National Communication Association, the Golden Anniversary Monograph Award from the National Communication Association, and the Outstanding
Dissertation Award from the American Society for the History of Rhetoric. Her expert commentary has been featured in the Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, The Conversation, C-SPAN, and Public News Service. She currently serves as the Membership Coordinator for the American Society for the History of Rhetoric and sits on the editorial boards of the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, and Voices of Democracy.
Frank Church Society Conversation with Valerie Biden Owens
The Frank Church Society hosted Valerie Biden Owens for multiple events, including a celebration at the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, a keynote luncheon at Zions Rock Canyon Room, and a private evening event.
Valerie Biden Owens is the first woman in
U.S. history to have run a presidential
campaign, that of her brother, Joseph
R. Biden, Jr. She also led his seven
straight U.S. Senate victories and has
been his principal surrogate on the
Today, Valerie serves as Chair of the
Biden Institute at the University of
Delaware. She is a partner at Owens
Patrick Leadership Seminars. Valerie sits on the Advisory Board of the Beau Biden
Foundation for the Protection of Children.
For 20 years, when Valerie was not managing or advising President Biden’s
campaigns, she served as Executive Vice President of Joe Slade White & Co., a
media consulting firm. She has worked extensively with Women’s Campaign
International, teaching women how to organize and develop communication and
political skills. Valerie has also served on the National Board of the Women’s
Leadership Forum of the Democratic National Committee and has served for 35
years on the board of The Ministry of Caring.
In 2015, Valerie delivered the keynote address for Harvard Law School’s
International Women’s Day celebration and was one of 50 women presented with
the school’s international “Women Inspiring Change” award. In 2021, she was
named to the Forbes “50 Over 50 Women Who Are Leading the Way” impact list.
Valerie is the New York Times Bestselling author of “Growing Up Biden.” She is a
graduate of the University of Delaware. Valerie is married to Jack Owens, an
attorney and businessman. They have three children.
Frank Church Society Conversation with Amy Herzfeld-Copple
Amy joined the society for a special talk Rising White Nationalism and Anti-Democracy Movements in the West and Beyond: Strategies for Community Resilience. Our Guest speaker Amy Herzfeld-Copple is Deputy Director of Programs and Strategic Initiatives at Western States Center.
Raised in Idaho, Amy has deep roots in organizing for inclusive democracy. She started volunteering for LGBTQ rights campaigns at the age of 14 and never looked back. She has been active in progressive movement building in the West for over 20 years and her past roles have included Executive Director of the Idaho Human Rights Education Center (now Wassmuth Center), Oregon State Director for Working America, and Co-Executive Director for Basic Rights Oregon. Amy first connected to Western States Center as a young human rights organizer in Boise and remained an active volunteer leader for over 18 years – including as board chair from 2007-2016 – before joining the staff as the Deputy Director of Programs & Strategic Initiatives in 2018. At WSC, Amy leads a national program team and oversees a robust portfolio of innovative projects to equip communities and democratic institutions with narratives, tools, and strategies to respond to rising white nationalism and other anti-democracy social movements.
Frank Church Society Conversation with Ty Seidule
Rediscovered Books and the Frank Church Institute welcome Brigadier General Ty Seidule to discuss his book “Robert E. Lee and Me: A Southerner’s Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause.”
“In a forceful but humane narrative, former soldier and head of the West Point history department Ty Seidule’s “Robert E. Lee and Me” challenges the myths and lies of the Confederate legacy—and explores why some of this country’s oldest wounds have never healed.
Ty Seidule grew up revering Robert E. Lee. From his southern childhood to his service in the U.S. Army, every part of his life reinforced the Lost Cause myth: that Lee was the greatest man who ever lived, and that the Confederates were underdogs who lost the Civil War with honor. Now, as a retired brigadier general and Professor Emeritus of History at West Point, his view has radically changed. From a soldier, a scholar, and a southerner, Ty Seidule believes that American history demands a reckoning.”
Seidule is Professor Emeritus of History at West Point where he taught for two decades. He served in the U.S. Army for thirty-six years, retiring as a brigadier general in 2020. He is the Chamberlain Fellow at Hamilton College as well as a New America Fellow. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin appointed Ty to the National Commission on Base Renaming. He serves as the Vice Chair.
He has published numerous books, articles, and videos on military history including the award-winning West Point History of the Civil War. Ty graduated from Washington and Lee University and holds a PhD from the Ohio State University.
Frank Church Society Conversation with Joe Weisberg
You are cordially invited to attend a Frank Church Society Conversation with Joe Weisberg, co-creator of the TV series, The Americans, and author of the new book Russia Upside Down.
This program will be moderated by Frank Church Institute Board Member Tom Beckwith. Joining Joe for an “insiders” look into his journey and the making of the successful television series, The Americans, is Ann Blanchard, Senior Packaging Agent at CAA in Los Angeles. Steven Feldstein, Frank Church Institute Board Member and Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, will then guide the discussion to Weisberg’s book and US-Russian relations going forward.
Please join us for this rare opportunity, and invite your friends!
The Frank Church Society operates under the auspices of the Frank Church Institute at Boise State University. The mission of the Frank Church Society is to create opportunities for the public to engage in interactive, non-partisan discussions with experts on a broad range of issues that were important to the late Senator and continue to be vital today, such as protecting democracy.