From: Hinckley Institute of Politics
To: Ric Cantrell,
Subject: Hinckley Institute Upcoming Events
Date: Mon Feb 08 19:12:45 MST 2016
Hinckley Institute Upcoming Events
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On January 15, 2016, the University of Utah named Jason Perry the new director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics.

In addition to becoming the venerable institute’s fifth director, Perry will continue to serve as the University of Utah’s vice president for government relations.

“The Hinckley Institute has provided opportunities for students at the University of Utah for more than 50 years. To continue this important work, the institute needs a director who can oversee its programs at the state, national and international levels and provide a vibrant forum for students on campus. Jason Perry is eminently qualified to be the director. He has my full support, and I know he will be a great asset to the university and the community as well,” said Hinckley Chairman Jim Hinckley.

Perry became vice president for government relations at the U in 2011 and is also an adjunct professor at the U’s S.J. Quinney College of Law. Prior to his arrival at the U, Perry served as the chief of staff to Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert, where he helped guide a successful transition team and a landslide victory for the governor in the November 2010 election.

“For anyone involved in Utah politics, whether as a participant, observer, scholar or student, the Hinckley Institute of Politics is the go-to institution for information, analysis and context,” said Perry. “I’ve always admired the work of the Hinckley Institute, and I’ve looked up to previous directors as leaders in such an important area of our lives. Politics matters. The activities of our elected officials and the work of government bodies impacts all Utahns, and I’m honored to be in a position to continue to ensure the next generation of citizens is engaged and informed.”

Perry has also served as executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), a cabinet-level position. Appointed in 2006 by former Utah Gov. Jon M. Huntsman, Perry oversaw the Business Development Office, the Utah Office of Tourism and the Utah Film Commission. He was instrumental in the recruitment and expansion of companies to Utah such as Amer Sports, Procter & Gamble Co., Disney Interactive Studios, Goldman Sachs Group Inc., and the Hershey Co. He also helped secure filming the series of “High School Musical” films in Utah. During Perry’s time at the helm of GOED, Utah saw national accolades recognizing the state as one of the “Most Business Friendly States,” “Most Dynamic Economy,” and “Best Managed State.”

For the full press release, click here


The Hinckley Institute was honored to induct Senator Robert F. Bennett into the Hinckley Hall of Fame on January 27, 2016, where he joined past public servants like Lieutenant General Brent Scowcroft, Governor Scott M. Matheson, and U.S. Senator Wallace F. Bennett. 

For more information about Senator Bennett and his induction, see this Deseret News article




Past Dan Jones Scholarship Recipients

The Hinckley Institute provides a remarkable number of funding opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students. Though some scholarships specifically support internship experiences, others are purposed purely for academic merit and pursuit. Applications for 2016 academic scholarships are due on March 1, 2016. Find more information and application links here. 



Hinckley Institute Local Internship applications for the summer semester are due by 11:59 pm on March 6, 2016. The Hicnkley Institute places upwards of 150 local interns every year. All local internships are part time and accredited through the University of Utah. For more information, visit the Hinckley Website or come by OSH 253 anytime.


The Hinckley Institute and the Salt Lake Tribune have commissioned a new polling initiative to gauge Utah's public opinion. In mid-January the first poll asked, "If you were caucusing today, who would you caucus for?" For the results of this poll, click here

There will be several more polls this year, seeking to add to the valuable field of polling sources already present in Utah. The Hinckley Institute and Tribune hope these polls will guide policy on important Utah issues and that the Hinckley can bring polling data back to its students. 

For more information about the Hinckley's new polling project, take a look at this recent TribTalk with Jennifer Napier-Pearce, Tribune Editor Dan Harrie, and Hinckley Director Jason Perry. 


Our spring interns are making waves around the world.  
Myley and Mathias Boggs are interning at the Suzhou Industrial Park Foreign Language School in Suzhou, China.

To read more adventures from our local, national, and global interns, visit The Intern Blog.


Hinckley student Weston Wood recently finished an internship with Utah Rivers Council. He did such tremendous work that Utah Rivers council hired him on at the end of the semester. Congratulations, Weston!

Weston is pursuing an Honors Bachelor of Science in political science and communication. After graduation, he plans to take a break from school and continue to conduct environmental advocacy work in the nonprofit sector. Then he hopes to return to graduate school to study power and the environment and continue to make an impact through research and education. 

MONDAY, FEB. 8 | Noon (Pizza & Politics)
Outcomes Based Decision Making: Criminal Justice Reform
Jenny Wilson , Salt Lake County Council, At-Large Seat A
Aimee Winder Newton , Salt Lake County Council Member, District 3
Kerri Nakamura , Government Policy Director, Sorenson Impact Center

TUESDAY, FEB. 9 | Noon (Pizza & Politics)
Career Planning and Internships in the World of the Smart Home and Internet of Things
Matt Eyring, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, Vivint
Presented by the College of Social & Behavioral Science

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 10 | Noon (Pizza & Politics)
Europe's Migrant Crisis
Geoffrey Harris
, Deputy Head of Office at the European Parliament Liaison Office with the U.S. Congress


Helping People who are Homeless
Jonathan Hardy (moderator),  Utah Housing and Community Development Division
Tamera Kohler, Director, State Community Services Office
Larua Michalski, Chief Executive Director, The Road Home
Gwen White, Resident, Kelly Benson Apartments

TUESDAY, FEB. 16 | Noon (Pizza & Politics)

Cyberspace in Peace and War
David P. Fidler , Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, Vivint

TUESDAY, FEB. 16 | 2:00 PM
The Future of UK Politics: A Conservative Voice
MP David Nuttall, British Parliament
Presented by the Sam Rich Program in International Politics

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 24 | Noon (Pizza & Politics)
Poly ("many") tics ("blood sucking parasites"): Why Women Should Run for Office
Senator Pat Jones,  CEO, Women's Leadership Institute
Presented by Elect Her and co-sponsored by ASUU

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 24 | 2:00 PM
ASUU President/VP Debate
Presented by ASUU


The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour is aired every Wednesday from 10:00-11:00 AM on KCPW. Tune in to hear student speeches, previous Hinckley forums, and news on upcoming Hinckley events. 

To visit the KCPW Hinckley Radio Page, click 


The Hinckley Institute is a central source of discussion and commentary surrounding many local, national, and global issues. To read Director Jason Perry's comments about Mia Love's freshman run in Congress, click here. For his commentary about the 2016 Presidential Race, this interview with Utah Policy. For coverage about the appointment of Jason Perry as the new Director of the Hinckley Institute, click here

To access additional media coverage of Hinckley forums, interns, and events, as well as articles featuring the insight and commentary of Hinckley Institute Director Jason Perry, see our media page.


The Hinckley Institute would like to extend our appreciation to our many supporters. We are deeply grateful for your generosity. Please help to continue the expansion of the valuable opportunities the Hinckley Institute provides for students by clicking below.
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