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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 twelve 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 programs and/or connections to faculty members at:

  • American Founding Initiative
    Boise State University
  • John Dickinson Forum
    George Fox University
  • Gonzaga University
    Gonzaga University
  • Frederick Douglass Forum
    Linfield College
  • Oregon State University
    Oregon State University
  • Seattle Pacific University
    Seattle Pacific University
  • Chartwell Lecture Series
    University of Alaska, Anchorage
  • The Project on American Democracy and Citizenship
    University of Montana
  • University of Oregon
    University of Oregon
  • University of Portland
    University of Portland
  • University of Puget Sound
    University of Puget Sound
  • 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.

    This year’s campus events were held throughout the spring and fall of 2019 and focused on a variety of themes within American political thought. They particularly supported the careers of faculty, giving them greater clout at their home institutions. They also gave 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. In 2019, PNW faculty partners participated in 10 events at JMC partner programs both inside and outside the PNW. In particular, Mark David Hall (George Fox) and Nicholas Buccola (Linfield), published books this year, and we were able to use our network to assist in publicizing their work through speaking events.