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The PNW Initiative

The PNW Initiative is a growing regional network that brings together faculty development and programming to advance the JMC's mission in the Pacific Northwest.

JMC’s PNW Initiative so far reaches to eight institutions in the Pacific Northwest. We continue to work to build partnerships in the region so that more students are exposed to the great ideas of American history.


The Initiative is generously supported by the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, which works with purpose and enthusiasm to support projects in the Pacific Northwest that educate, develop, and bridge cultures, beliefs and generations.

We have developed partner programs at:

  • Chartwell Lecture Series
    University of Alaska, Anchorage
  • American Founding Initiative
    Boise State University
  • John Dickinson Forum
    George Fox University
  • Frederick Douglass Forum
    Linfield College
  • The Project on American Democracy and Citizenship
    University of Montana
  • Constitutional Studies Minor
    University of Portland
  • University of Puget Sound
    University of Puget Sound
  • Lincoln Lecture Series
    Seattle Pacific University
  • Bringing together faculty working within the region and incorporating PNW faculty into our national network have both been important for supporting the work happening on PNW campuses and the career development of these professors.

    Campus events support the careers of faculty, giving them greater clout at their home institutions. They also give other PNW faculty the opportunity to engage with scholars in and outside of the region.

    At the same time, our PNW faculty are now gaining new opportunities to serve as guest lecturers themselves, further developing their academic networks.


    The battle for the soul of our nation will be won or lost in our classrooms.™ –Jack Miller