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Public Interest – Boise State School of Public Service

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October, 2018

It has been a busy start to the academic year. Over 900 attendees participated in the largest yet Women and Leadership Conference hosted by our Andrus Center for Public Policy. The night before the conference kicked off, our Frank Church Institute co-hosted Boise State’s distinguished lecture series with guest Antony Blinken speaking to a large audience in the Morrison Center.

Last month, our Criminal Justice program welcomed Debbie Smith and John Butler for a commemoration of Forensic Science Week. And our Army ROTC program sponsored a “5k Race for Heroes” in partnership with Boise State Student Veterans of America, Peer Advisors for Veteran Education, Hire Heroes USA, and the Idaho Army National Guard.

While the School of Public Service is – and will remain – supremely focused on serving our students, events such as the ones we’ve recently hosted and have on our upcoming calendar, are always open to the larger community as well. We also work closely with a diverse range of community organizations to host events in keeping with our vision to “promote and facilitate informed discourse and civic engagement across diverse groups.”

So, whether you are student, alumnus, donor or community member, we invite you to check out our upcoming events, several of which are highlighted below.

Thanks for listening,

Corey Cook
Dean, School of Public Service
Boise State University



Sponsored by: The Treasure Valley Food Coalition; the Ada Soil and Water Conservation District; and the Boise State University School of Public Service, Environmental Studies Program and Global Studies Program.

Peter McCoy will speak on behalf of the fungi, the most overlooked and misrepresented organisms in the web of life. Peter is an original founder of Radical Mycology, a grassroots organization and movement that teaches the many ways to work with fungi for personal, societal, and ecological resilience. Apart from his work with fungi, he is also a community organizer, artist, musician, lecturer, and teacher.

In 2016, Peter released Radical Mycology: A Treatise on Seeing & Working With Fungi, a 650-page book on accessible mycology, mushroom cultivation, mycoremediation, and more.

Monday, October 15 at 6 pm in the Hatch Ballroom of the Boise State Student Union. Free.

Read About Radical Mycology on Our Facebook Page >



Co-sponsored by Wassmuth Center for Human Rights.

This year’s One Sky International Awareness Event features three separate events in locations across Boise.

  • On Sunday, October 14 at 3 pm, there will be a film screening of “The Children of Chabannes” at The Flicks. Tickets on sale for $10 at the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights and the Flicks.
  • On Monday, October 15 at 4 pm, there will be a reception at the Ann Frank Memorial featuring Rabbi Dan Fink speaking on “Hope in the Midst of Conflict.” Free.
  • On Tuesday, October 16 at 7 pm in the Boise State Special Events Center, Guest speaker Marty Brounstein will discuss the courage and compassion to do the right thing. Brounstein is author of “Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust.” Free.

Read More About One Sky International Awareness Event >


President Reagan signing bill


Co-sponsored by ACLU-Idaho, the National Park Service, and Friends of Minidoka.

This year’s Minidoka Civil Liberties Symposium recognizes the 30th Anniversary of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988.

Frank Abe, keynote speaker, was one of the organizers of the Day of Remembrance in Seattle that led to the activism of redress. Guest panelist Sharon Yamato is the writer/producer/director of the short documentary “Moving Walls” which will be screened at the Symposium. View the Moving Walls trailer.

Tuesday, October 23 at 7 p.m. in the Boise State University Special Events Center. Free.

Read About the Minidoka Civil Liberties Symposium on Our Website > 


The 35th Annual Frank Church Conference on Public Affairs will be held October 18, 2018, in the Simplot Ballroom in the Boise State University Student Union.

This year’s speakers include: Kenneth Wollack, former President of the National Democratic Institute; David Salvo, Deputy Director, Alliance for Securing Democracy, German Marshall Fund of the U.S.; Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Director, Transatlantic Security Program, Center for a New American Security; and Shanthi Kalathil, Director, International Forum for Democratic Studies, National Endowment for Democracy. Other speakers include David Bieter, Mayor of the City of Boise, Peter Fenn, President of the Fenn Communications Group; Seth Ashley, Associate Professor, Department of Communications, Boise State University; and Steven Feldstein, Frank and Bethine Church Chair of Public Affairs, School of Public Service, Boise State University.

While the conference is open and free to the public, advance registration will be required for the luncheon. Click here for the Registration form.

Read About the Frank Church Conference on the Institute’s Website >