The Herbert Institute gathers students, community members, and policy leaders together to promote healthy and productive civil discourse.

Upcoming Events

Fall 2023

The Power of the Narrative poster

The Power of the Narrative

Narrative vs story in the world of media coverage

Date: Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Time: 10:30 AM

Location: Fugal Gateway Atrium

AI and it's Impact poster

AI and it's Impact on

Public Policy and National Security

Date: Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Time: 12:00 PM

Location: KB 401

Learned in DC poster

What I Learned in DC

That They Don't Teach You in School

Date: Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Time: 5:00 PM

Location: KB 401, 403

Thinking about politics poster

Thinking About Politics?

House Minority leaders share their insights into why more people are needed

Date: Thursday, November 30, 2023

Time: 10:30 AM

Location: Fugal Gateway Atrium

Past Events


Herbert Debates: Orem City Council Debate

Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Vallejo Auditorium

The UVU Gary R. Herbert Institute for Public Policy hosts a debate between Orem City Council candidates on issues that affect our every day lives. Attend in-person or watch the livestream right here!

Arrive early to visit candidates' campaign tables, beginning at 6:00 PM. Debate begins promptly at 7 PM.

Flyer for the Paul Ryan lecture

Paul Ryan, Former U.S. House Speaker

Driving Growth and Stability in a Free Market

Thursday, October 5, 2023

Lecture | 11:30 a.m. | UVU Vallejo Auditorium

In a joint Herbert Institute-Woodbury event, Paul Ryan, former U.S. House Speaker, guest lectures on the topic of fiscal responsibility and the American capitalist economy for the Halladay Exective Lecture Series.

Ryan's lecture includes his first public comments on the historical ousting of U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on October 3, 2023. 


Fireside Chat Luncheon | 11:30 a.m. | UVU Vallejo Auditorium

Paul Ryan sits down with Gary R. Herbert, 17th Utah Governor, to discuss the state of politics in Washington, D.C., including fiscal issues, political division, and the effects of former President Donald Trump on the Republican Party.

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Hoagies with Herbert: Legislative Internship Information Session

with guest panelists Chris Peterson, Erik Nystul, Shandy Clark, and Hannah Oh

Date: Monday, October 9, 2023

Time: 12:00 PM

Location: Fugal Gateway Concourse

Learn everything you need to know about Utah’s Legislative Internship, including all about the unique Herbert Intern training program and how you can fit the internship into your graduation plan. ALL MAJORS ENCOURAGED TO APPLY!

Panelists include legislative intern coordinator for the Capitol, Chris Peterson; UVU government and high impact internship manager, Erik Nystul; and two of the 2023 Herbert Legislative Interns, Shandy Clark and Hannah Oh.

No registration required. Free Subway sandwiches for all attendees while supplies last.

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Hoagies with Herbert: What America Forgot It Learned on 9/11

with Gary R. Herbert, 17th Governor of Utah

Date: Thursday, September 7, 2023

Location: Fugal Gateway Concourse

Herbert Institute founder and 17th Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert talks about forgotten lessons in the immediate aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks.


Mike Pence Forum

Date: Tues. September 20, 2022

Location: The Concert Hall of The Noorda Center for the Performing Art

Former VP Mike Pence by UVU Photo on Exposure

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Dr. Arther Laffer

Date: Tues. March 22, 2022

Location: Keller Building, Woodbury Executive Hall (KB401)

The Herbert Institute in partnership with the Woodbury School of Business and the Young America's Foundation invite you to hear a lecture from Dr. Arther Laffer Renowned economist, and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient. The Father of Supply-side Economics. Dr. Laffer’s career has been marked by experience and success in business, in public policy, and as an academic economist and professor. A member of President Reagan’s Economic Policy Advisory Board, Dr. Laffer is a highly sought after lecturer and presenter.


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Herbert Institute Forum: Legislative Preview

Date: Fri. Jan. 14, 2021

Location: Clark Building, Labor and Honor Room (CB510))

Brad Wilson, Speaker of the House, District 15

Rep. Jefferson Moss, Majority Whip, District 2 

Rep. Val Peterson, Assist. Majority Whip, District 59

Rep. Stephen Whyte, District 65

Gary Herbert, (Moderator) Governor, Director, Gary R. Herbert Institute for Public Policy

Justin Jones, (Emcee) Executive Director, Gary R. Herbert Institute for Public Policy

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Rep. Paul Ray, Co-chair, Utah Legislative, Redistricting Committee

Gary R. Herbert Public Policy Forum

Date: Sep. 9, 2021

Location: Fulton Library Lecture Hall

Governor Gary Herbert hosted Utah Legislator Paul Ray to discuss the once in a decade event of drawing political boundaries. Joining the crowd of over 30 students, faculty, and staff, via Microsoft Teams, Rep. Ray provided insight into the process for redistricting the Utah Congressional districts, Utah House and Senate Districts as well as the State School Board. Following his presentation, students and faculty were able to ask questions moderated by Governor Herbert. “I am excited to participate in our first student forum for the Fall 2021/22 school year,” said Gov. Herbert. “We intend to have many more of these forums to encourage political involvement, discuss relevant issues, and provide insight into the future of Utah.”

Dr. Tim Shriver, President/CEO, Special Olympics, Founder, UNITE

Gary R. Herbert Public Policy Forum

Date: May 19, 2021

Location: Fulton Library Lecture Hall

“The founder of UNITE, Dr. Tim Shriver, spoke recently at the Herbert Public Policy Forum at Utah Valley University. “Whether we agree on every issue,” he said, “we can find ways to be creative on every difference.” He believes the number one problem we face today – and there are many – is the crisis of trust and meaning between us, which, as we’ve seen, leads to hatred, contempt and demonizing. “Will the uniter prevail?,” he asked. “Or will the divider prevail?””