April 6-8, 2021

Functional Federalism  Academy

A Federalism Index Project Virtual Event

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April 6-8, 2021

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We live in challenging times. The American economy is in shambles, with a decline in production and levels of unemployment not seen since the Great Depression.  The nation is reeling from a deadly pandemic that has cost more than 400,000 lives and has underscored serious problems in health care in the United States.  The very environment in which we live is threatened by climate change and other long-term dangers.  There is widespread concern about voting and elections in America, the basic system by which we the people select our leaders.  And underlying all these challenges is a pervasive concern that the blessings of liberty and opportunities for advancement are not equally available to all regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, and gender. 

Yet it is often said that every challenge is also an opportunity.  In the depths of a Civil War that pitted brother against brother and claimed more than 600,000 lives, President Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg foresaw a “new birth of liberty” emerging from the crisis. Struggling with our problems today, some have seen an opportunity to “build it back better”.  This conference will address itself to how this might be done and, more particularly, to how state governments as well as the federal government might participate in that project.  

American federalism has been a vital element in the success of our nation, and it can contribute to confronting the challenges we now face.

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This conference is designed as a unique blend between a traditional academic conference and a workshop for practitioners and state leaders. The core audience for this event are policymakers and state leaders in the Intermountain West region. We are reaching out with personal invites to all members of the Utah State legislature, as well as representatives from a number of major state organizations working on federalism, decentralization, and interstate cooperation. This event is a hybrid online and in-person event. Participants who wish to join us in person are welcome to join us at Utah Valley University in Classroom Building 510 and 511. This space is available to the public. We follow standard university guidelines relating to COVID-19 and other health protocols. If you have any questions about in-person attendance, please email the CCS Events and Marketing program manager at kari.dennis@uvu.edu

SCHEDULE: April 6th

9-10:30 AM: Opening

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11-12:30 PM:  Voting, Elections, and the American Federal System

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1-2:30 PM: COVID, Police Power, and Historical Perspective

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SCHEDULE: April 7th

9-10:30 AM:  Economic Policy / Economic Recovery

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11-12:30 PM: Education, the States, and Federal ….

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1-2:30 PM: Environment, Land, and American Federalism

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SCHEDULE: April 8th

9-10:30 AM: HISTORICAL LESSONS LEARNED: Functional federalism in perspective

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11-12:30 PM: Organizational support, “Committees of Correspondence”

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1-2:30 PM: Beyond Admiring the problem

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