Discussion and Q&A
Ben KiefferIowa Public Radio
Ben Kieffer joined Iowa Public Radio in 2000 and is host of IPR’s daily noon talk show River to River, which he also helps produce. Since 2001, he has hosted and produced IPR’s weekly, live music program which features artists from around the state and the country called Java Blend.
Prior to joining IPR, Ben lived and worked in Europe for more than a decade. He reported firsthand the fall of the Berlin Wall and covered the Velvet Revolution in Prague. Ben has won numerous awards for his work over the course of more than 20 years in public media.
Ben holds an adjunct faculty position at The University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where he teaches courses on interviewing and radio news. He is a native of Cedar Falls and a graduate of the University of Iowa.
Ben’s favorite public radio program is Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me.
Chris LiebigUniversity of Iowa College of Law
Chris Liebig is a Professor of Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research at the University of Iowa College of Law. After practicing law in Connecticut and Massachusetts, he earned an M.F.A. in creative writing in the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and has taught at the College of Law for almost twenty years. In addition to the required first-year legal writing and analysis course, he has taught both Contracts and Election Law. He recently completed a two-year term as an elected member of the Iowa City Community school board.
Tracy OsbornUniversity of Iowa Department of Political Science
Tracy Osborn is the Director of the Politics and Policy Group at the Iowa and Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science. Her research focuses on women, politics, and public policy in the U.S. state legislatures and Congress, women’s political behavior, and gendered violence. She received her Ph.D. from Indiana University in 2004 and joined the political science department at the University of Iowa in 2007. Currently, her research examines women legislators’ partisanship and policy development in the U.S. state legislatures since 1960, public opinion toward women terrorists and terrorism policy, and antifeminist policy and women’s representation in the U.S. states.