College of Arts & Sciences

Foley Institute for Public Policy & Public Service

The Thomas S. Foley Institute at WSU

The Foley Institute provides public affairs programming and education, supports student engagement in public service, and fosters scholarly research on public policy and political institution in a nonpartisan setting.

Please stop by the Foley Institute on the 3rd floor of Bryan Hall, WSU Pullman.

Foley events fall 2014

Tuesday October 28, 12-1pm | Foley Speaker's Room | 308 Bryan Hall, WSU Pullman

Mural in Northern Ireland
Coffee & Politics
"From Bullets to the Peace Process:
The Transformation of the IRA"

Civil rights activist and former Irish Republican Army member Jon McCourt will talk about political transformation in Northern Ireland.

Cosponsored with the Honors College and the Office of Undergraduate Education.


Tuesday October 28, 7:00pm | CUB Auditorium | WSU Pullman

Jon McCourt
11th Honors College V.N. Bhatia Lecture
"Bloody Sunday and Beyond:
The Troubles in Northern Ireland"

Jon McCourt joined the Irish Republican Army (IRA) in 1969 to promote civil rights in his Northern Ireland homeland. On Jan. 30, 1972 (“Bloody Sunday”) in Derry/Londonderry, he narrowly escaped death in a conflict that left more than a dozen young people shot dead on the streets. Just a few years later, he left the IRA. In the four decades since, he has been a community peace activist, working with victims of violence, community relations, and youth in criminalized areas.

Cosponsored with the Honors College and the Office of Undergraduate Education.


Friday October 31, 12-1pm | Foley Speaker's Room| 308 Bryan Hall, WSU Pullman

Cathy McMorris Rodgers
Coffee & Politics
Meet your Representative:
Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Cathy McMorris Rodgers is U.S. Representative for Washington's Fifth District.


 Nation mourns passing

Former House Speaker Thomas Foley leaves profound public service legacy

Read more at WSU News

Read official obituary here.


Watch Online | Fall 2013

GMO Labeling
SEP Series. "The Science, Ethics, and Politics of GMOs and Your Food"

October 28 | Pullman, Washington


Watch Online | Summer 2013

View Tom Foley Tribute
"Tom Foley Tribute"

July 24 | Spokane, Washington


Read online | Spring 2013

WSUNews article on Foley Institute remodel
Foley remodel makes room for events, memories

June 24 | WSU News

Watch Online | Spring 2013

View Allen Buchanan presentation
Coffee & Politics: "Science, Ethics, and Democracy" with Allen Buchanan

January 17 | Pullman, Washington


Introduction to the Foley Institute

View Tom Foley Tribute
Tom and the Institute that bears his name.

1995 | Pullman, Washington



Foley newsletterLatest Foley Institute Report Online

The fall 2013 issue of the Foley Institute Report has been posted to the website.



Photo: Tom Foley"In a cynical age, I still believe that we must summon people to a vision of public service. For, in the end, this ethic determines more than anything else whether we will have citizens and leaders of honor, judgment, wisdom, and heart. These are the qualities this institute will nurture and advance, helping this nation become what it has always been destined to be, the best hope of a free people to live in an open and just society."

The Honorable Thomas S. Foley


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