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    Andrus Award for Political Leadership

    Presented annually for outstanding leadership in politics, civics or the environment.

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    Freedom of the Press Lecture

    Pulitzer Prize winning journalist addresses "National Security and Freedom of the Press."

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    Former Idaho Governor Cecil Andrus continues to wow people who meet him for the first time.

Barbara Morgan

Women and Leadership

As Chair of the Conference on Women and Leadership, Barbara Morgan is perfectly positioned to ensure high caliber speakers and quality programming.

Morgan is a Distinguished Educator in Residence at Boise State University. Working with the colleges of Education and Engineering, she advises on policy development, advocacy and fundraising in science, technology, engineering and math.

Prior to Boise State, Morgan was a Mission Specialist for NASA. Her relationship with NASA began in 1996 when she trained for the Teacher in Space Project.  She worked closely with NASA’s Education Division and served on the National Science Foundation’s Federal Task Force for Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering.

In 2007, Morgan launched from Cape Canaveral to the International Space Station. She is one of only 57 women to fly in space.

Shortly after the completion of her mission, Morgan addressed an audience at Walt Disney World.  Her words of inspiration are memorialized on the “Wall of Honor” at Mission: Space.  “Reach for your dreams…the sky is no limit.” 


“Politics for Lunch”

U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill will be our guest on Tuesday, May 13.

This popular new lecture series features local, state, and national politicians in a casual lunch setting. Lectures deliver balanced, insightful presentations and discussions on the issues that challenge Idaho, the West and the nation. The series began as a complement to the legislative session but due to it’s success, is now being expanded to cover ongoing topical news.

The series is taking a brief hiatus with the end of the legislative session and will resume in mid-April. Watch this space for announcements on upcoming speakers!  If you missed any previous speakers, you can here most of them on Boise State University’s iTunes U. Just click here and then page down to the Andrus Channel.

“Politics for Lunch”  is held at the Andrus Center in Bodo. Our address is 301 S Capitol. Doors open at 11:30 and speakers begin at Noon.  The $10 optional lunch fee may be paid by cash or check at the door. Reservations are required and can be made via email.

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Hear what Justice O’Connor had to say at “Women and Leadership”

Last fall, the Andrus Center had the great honor to present Justice Sandra Day O’Connor with the Andrus Award for Political Leadership.

In addition to accepting her award, Justice O’Connor presented the keynote address at “Women and Leadership: Transforming America.” Justice O’Connor’s comments and follow up conversation with Director, David Adler, were considered a conference highlight by many.

You can see both  the award presentation and the conversation on the Andrus Channel of YouTube.