Forum: Marilyn Shuler Human Rights Initiative
Thursday, December 7,2017 11:45am-1:15pm
The Grove Hotel, Ballroom 2nd floor
Forum speaker: Jill Gill, Ph.D., Boise State Professor, Director of the Marilyn Shuler Human Rights Initiative
Last February, City Club lost a beloved and active former member of the board, Marilyn Shuler. Marilyn gave a posthumous gift to the School of Public Service at Boise State University to create a Human Rights Initiative.


Dean Corey Cook forged the idea of creating a campus-based mechanism to help foster human rights education, unity, and effective advocacy skills among student and community members --something Marilyn did every day.


Boise State Professor Jill Gill is the director of the newly created Shuler Initiative. She will provide the City Club audience with an overview of the initiative, which includes an academic certificate program in Human Rights Education and Advocacy.


Speaker Biography:


Jill Gill is a Professor in the History Department and Director of the new Marilyn Shuler Human Rights Initiative at Boise State University. Hired in 2000 as a U.S. historian with specialties in religious history, race, social movements, and politics, Dr. Gill’s current research project is on the history of black/white dynamics in Idaho. She has published previously on church involvement in human rights and peace movements. As a self-described “activist historian,” she stresses the practical importance of history for understanding and solving today’s problems. She also aims to make education a transformative and empowering process, one that helps students grapple with enduring issues, better understand the wider world, and hone skills that channel their gifts into niches that need them. She sees the Shuler Initiative as a perfect new means for helping students integrate human rights and smart advocacy skills into their vocations and avocations.


Marcia Franklin - a founding board member of City Club and longtime friend of Marilyn’s - will serve as moderator. The program will provide both the opportunity for Dr. Gill to showcase how Marilyn’s vision will help guide Idaho’s future, as well as an in-depth conversation between two well-known Idaho women leaders on Shuler's impact on Boise and Idaho.


Join us Thursday, December 7 at 11:45 at the Grove Hotel for this memorial salute to one of City Club’s visionary leaders.


Audio Recording
City Club thanks our Premier Sponsor, AARP of Idaho and our annual sponsors, including Northwest Nazarene University, Red Sky, and Idaho Humanities Council. This Forum Series is sponsored by the contributions made by Micron, Perkins Coie, and Echelon Group. We are pleased to welcome university students to attend our events thanks to our University partners Boise State University and University of Idaho. Our media partners include Idaho Public Television, Peppershock Media, 670 KBOI, and Boise State Public Radio.


Chair: Julia Robinson, DPA
Moderator: Marcia Franklin