Sutherland Newsletter – October 2, 2008

1.Mero to Participate in Dialogue at U of U

From August 2003 to September 2004, Sutherland Institute President Paul T. Mero and attorney (and former Legal Director of the ACLU of Utah) Stephen C. Clark participated in a thought-provoking e-mail correspondence on the emotional topic of gay rights.


With the permission of both Clark and Mero, the candid 59-page discussion was published by Sutherland Institute earlier this summer.  Now, the two men have agreed to continue their dialogue in a public discussion in Salt Lake City.


“Out of the Closet: A Candid, Behind the Scenes Dialogue on Gay Rights,” will be hosted by the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.  The event will be held in the Hinckley Forum Room at Orson Spencer Hall, Room 255, beginning at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28.


The forum will be moderated by Doug Fabrizio, the award-winning host of “Radio West” on KUER FM 90.1 and of “Utah NOW” on KUED-TV.  As part of Radio West on KUER FM 90.1, the debate will be broadcast live, and will also be available as a podcast at


2.Utah Prosperity Forum — Inaugural Session on Friday, November 14

We are pleased to announce the creation of the Utah Prosperity Forum (UPF), a collaborative project of the Salt Lake Chamber and Sutherland Institute.  With the purpose of fostering constructive, civil dialogue about complex and sometimes controversial issues pertaining to Utah’s economy, the first session of the Forum will be conducted on Friday, November 14, from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m.  We will welcome Mr. Mark Lange, executive director of the Edward Lowe Foundation, as guest speaker and discussion leader.


“Mark will facilitate our introduction to ‘Economic Gardening’ – an innovative, entrepreneur-centered, economic-growth strategy that complements more traditional ‘economic hunting’ practices,” said Jim Giometta, UPF program coordinator.  “We look forward to a stimulating inaugural Forum dialogue.”


For a detailed session overview (view, download, or print), click


We invite Utah business and community leaders to participate.  As seating will be limited, we encourage you to register soon by calling 801-355-1272, registering online at, or by sending an email to  The $10 participation fee includes a buffet lunch.  This initial session will be conducted in the Sutherland conference room located in the historic Crane Building, 307 West 200 South, Suite 5005.  For questions or inquiries, please call 801-355-1272.