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

Thursday September 18, 7pm, | CUB Auditorium, WSU Pullman

Walter Echo-Hawk
Walter Echo-Hawk to discuss and sign new book:
"In The Light of Justice: The Rise of Human Rights in Native America & the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples"



The programming for Walter Echo-Hawk's visit is co-sponsored with WSU Native American Programs, WSU Department of English, CEREO, and WSU College of Education

 Wednesday September 24, 12 noon | Foley Speaker's Room | 305 Bryan Hall, WSU Pullman

Joe Pakootas
Coffee & Politics - Meet the Candidate

Joe Pakootas, Democratic candidate, U.S. Representative for the 5th Congressional District of Washington.


  Come and listen to Joe Pakotas outline his platform.

Friday September 26, 2pm | CUE (Smith Center) 518, WSU Pullman

Joe Pakootas
Cougar Pre-Law Day 2014

Experts from the academic and professional legal communities will be on campus to talk to students about law school and offer advice about admissions and the law school experience.

Featuring a keynote speech by Washington State Supreme Court Chief Justice, Barbara Madsen, there will also be a WSU alumni panel, and an admissions fair.


Wednesday September 24, 4pm | 305 Bryan Hall, WSU Pullman

Environmental Toxicants
Science, Ethics, and Public Policy Series
"Poison Everywhere: The Ethics, Law, and Policy Regulation of Environmental Toxicants"

with Carl Cranor, UC Riverside, Raoul Lievanos, WSU, Michael Skinner, WSU, and moderated by William Kabasenche, WSU.


  Researchers have shown that many products to which we are regularly exposed contain substances that are harmful to our health and that of our offspring. What are the ethical concerns, and what kinds of policies will most effectively protect us against harm from environmental toxicants?

Thursday October 2, 2pm | CUB Auditorium, WSU Pullman

Thursday October 2, 7:30pm | Fox Theater, Spokane

Nick Hanauer
Nick Hanauer presents
"Saving American Capitalism: The truth about jobs, prosperity, and economic growth"


A “proud and unapologetic capitalist” and member of the .01 percent, Nick Hanauer will bring his searing view of U.S. economic policies to Pullman and Spokane on October 2 in two free, public presentations of Washington State University’s Thomas S. Foley Distinguished Lecture.

In “Saving American Capitalism: The truth about jobs, prosperity, and economic growth,” Hanauer will explain why capitalists should be the people most concerned about the staggering rise in U.S. economic inequality and the struggling middle-class. He also will offer his own free advice for creating prosperity and safeguarding the nation’s economic future. 

Free admission to both events.

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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