Conferences and Seminars
Helms School of Government Conferences
The Helms School of Government is committed to developing Christ-centered scholarship of students and faculty alike through our conferences, the Journal of Statesmanship & Public Policy, and other collaborative research efforts. We seek to bring together faculty, students, and policymakers for meaningful engagement in the art and craft of statesmanship. As one of the largest Christian universities in the world, we want to provide a Biblical perspective on the great and pressing public policy issues of our day.
The Helms School of Government’s conference provided me the opportunity to share my research on a topic I am passionate about, which is criminal justice reform. Additionally, it was a chance for me to hone my public speaking skills while mastering the ability to present scholarly work in an academic environment. Ultimately, the experience I had with the HSOG conference prepared me for my professional career either in government or in law enforcement.
–Emily Brubaker, Helms School of Government student
The HSOG Conference was a dynamic spiritual and intellectual discussion and experience. One of the few forums presenting biblical principles and applying them to the cultural, spiritual, and political crisis facing America. The truth is the key to healing the culture and restoring the Republic.
–Johnny B. Davis, Instructor
I was blessed to be able to present several research papers at the inaugural Helms School Culture & Crisis conference in 2021. This was my first participation in an academic conference. It was organized and moderated in a very professional manner by the faculty, yet they were helpful and encouraging to newcomers such as myself. One of the papers that I presented led me into an outside paid research project to delve deeper into the subject matter, which I am currently working on at this time. The conference was an excellent growing experience that exposed me to a side of academia with which I was unfamiliar and led to new open doors.
–Andy Langeland, Public Policy (M.A.P.P.) student
My experience with the Culture and Crisis Conference last year put on by the Helms School of Government was helpful for my future academic career. I was able to be both a presenter and an attendee at this conference and both experiences helped add to my understanding of federalism in today’s public policy arena. To be able to discuss major policy issues with peers and professionals in the field was an incredible experience!
–Annie Pleinies, Senior Assistant Director of Admissions for Enrollment Management
I presented a paper at the 2021 Helms School of Government’s (HSOG) Culture & Crisis conference. The panel had some outstanding papers by both professors and students. This was a wonderful experience for me, especially because of the Christian and collegial interaction from panel participants and attendees. If you are looking for something that will both challenge your thinking and enrich your life, consider attending the 2022 HSOG conference, A Nation Divided?: Assessing Freedom & the Rule of Law in a Post 2020 World.
–Dr. Sam Smith, Department Chair, Graduate Program Director & Professor for the Department of History
It was such a great experience listening to the students and watching their individual passions for a subject matter come to life while they were presenting. I encouraged my students to attend and the feedback I received from them was impressive. The variety of presentation topics and the wide range of relevant issues addressed made it a valuable, academic experience for the students.
–Amanda K. Trent, Assistant Professor for the Helms School of Government