Hatch Foundation to Host “Cybersecurity and Geopolitics” Symposium

Washington, DC—Today, the Hatch Center—the policy arm of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation—announced it will be hosting a symposium on cybersecurity and geopolitics entitled “America’s Cyber Resilience in the Digital Age” with keynote speaker John Sherman, Chief Information Officer of the Intelligence Community in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The event will be held on Tuesday, October 8 at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. 

With an election on the horizonand our national reliance on technology growing every daystrengthening our cybersecurity infrastructure is more urgent now than ever before,” said Orrin G. Hatch, Chairman Emeritus of the Hatch Foundation. “As a former member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, I understand the threats facing our nation, and John Sherman understands those threats better than anyone. I’m grateful John would accept my invitation to visit Utah, and I look forward to hearing from him and our panel of cybersecurity experts.”

“I am pleased to welcome the Hatch Foundation to our campus for an informative and timely symposium on the geopolitical challenges presented by cybersecurity,” said Utah Valley University President Astrid S. Tuminez. “Many of our students are forming their own political ideas and opinions and events such as this one provide environments where they can hear different viewpoints and expand their perspectives.

Speakers also include Ryan Vogel, Director, Center for National Security Studies, Utah Valley University; John McClurg, VP and Ambassador-at-Large, Blackberry-Cylance; Matt Berrett, Director of Analytics, Center for Anticipatory Intelligence, Utah State University; Adam Marre, Head of SecOps, Qualtrics; Eric Jensen, Professor of Law, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University; and Andre Jones, Graduate Research Associate, American University. 

Registration is free; click here to reserve a spot. 


Hatch Foundation Holds “Discussion On Civility” with Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch

Provo, UT—Tonight, the Hatch Center—the policy arm of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation—hosted a symposium entitled “A Discussion on Civility” with Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch at Brigham Young University. B-roll available here.

Speakers included Kevin J Worthen, President of Brigham Young University; President Dallin H. Oaks, First Counselor in The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Justice Neil Gorsuch of the United States Supreme Court; Judge Carolyn B. McHugh, US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit; and A. Scott Anderson, President & CEO of Zions Bank and Board Chairman of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation. 

“Being a part of Justice Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation process was among the highlights of my time as Senator Orrin Hatch’s Chief of Staff,” said Matt Sandgren, Executive Director of the Hatch Foundation. “Justice Gorsuch is a jurist of immense intellect and impeccable character. We’re fortunate to have him on the Supreme Court, and grateful that he would accept the Hatch Foundation’s invitation to visit Utah for a special symposium on civility.”

Shown during tonight’s event was this video of Orrin G. Hatch, Chairman Emeritus of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation, sharing his thoughts on the importance of civility.
“Republics require a lot of special conditions to exist: they require an educated citizenry, they require a citizenry that is capable of governing themselves…they require a citizenry that can speak as well as listen, that can tolerate  as well as demand tolerance.” -Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch
Justice Neil Gorsuch of the United States Supreme Court and Judge Carolyn B. McHugh of the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
“Civility is important to representative government…a lack of civility degrades our institutions, academic and other. Carried to an extreme, a lack of civility, such as policies that prevent the expression of other views in academic settings, suffocate free discourse. Civility is also important to religion. It’s a basic principle of Christianity. Civility is a virtue of civilization. It allows a politician to call out a lie, without calling someone a liar…It allows us to treat opponents as worthy of heavenly thoughts rather than destined for a special place in Hell.” – President Dallin H. Oaks, First Counselor in The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

During his final years in the Senate, Hatch urged his colleagues in Congress to “recommit to civility.” He weighed in frequently on the subject through various op-eds (see here and here) and Senate floor speeches.


“An Evening with Justice Neil Gorsuch”

Thank you for your interest in attending “An Evening with Justice Neil Gorsuch,” hosted by the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation on September 20 at Brigham Young University. We hope to accommodate as many attendees as possible, but space is limited. Click here to register.