Frank Church Conference to Focus on Refugees, Migration and National Security


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 Oct. 23-24. 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.-2 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 of the International Rescue Committee; and Steven Feldstein, the Frank and Bethine Church chair of public affairs, and former deputy assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor.
The conference will reconvene in the Simplot Ballroom at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 for a keynote presentation from Jacob Sullivan, former national security advisor to Vice President Joseph Biden, and deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
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 …

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