Steven J. Buri on the Pro-Human Mission of the Discovery Institute

Wesley J. Smith
Steven J. Buri
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For the last Humanize episode of the season, I thought it would be edifying to explore how Discovery Institute’s institutional programs dovetail with the work of the Center on Human Exceptionalism. Who better to ask than our intrepid president, Steven J. Buri?

Buri graduated from Washington State University with a double major in political science and criminal justice. Before joining Discovery, he served in various capacities in government at the local, state, and federal levels. From 1996-1998, Buri was a senior staff member to U.S. Senator Slade Gorton (R-WA), representing him in international trade, foreign policy and immigration issues. He was also active in various statewide political campaigns.

In 2009, Buri founded the Roanoke Conference designed to connect activists and elected officials with students and young professionals. In 2010, he was selected by the American Council of Young Political Leaders to participate as part of a bi-partisan political delegation to Nepal. The delegation met with local and national leaders in Nepal — including its president — to share policy lessons from the United States and to promote the adoption of a new Nepalese constitution.

He was the Deputy Mayor of Newcastle, Washington, from 2010-2011 and Mayor from 2014-2015.

Buri joined Discovery Institute in April 2000 as Executive Director and was named Vice President in 2005. He was appointed President in December 2011.

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Wesley J. Smith

Chair and Senior Fellow, Center on Human Exceptionalism
Wesley J. Smith is Chair and Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism. Wesley is a contributor to National Review and is the author of 14 books, in recent years focusing on human dignity, liberty, and equality. Wesley has been recognized as one of America’s premier public intellectuals on bioethics by National Journal and has been honored by the Human Life Foundation as a “Great Defender of Life” for his work against suicide and euthanasia. Wesley’s most recent book is Culture of Death: The Age of “Do Harm” Medicine, a warning about the dangers to patients of the modern bioethics movement.
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