2011 Policy Matters: Scholarly and Practical Perspectives on Contemporary Problems

Shambaugh Auditorium, UI Main Library Iowa City, Iowa
Sunday, January 30th, 2011 6:30 PM to Wednesday, April 27th, 2011 6:30 PM

With the country just beginning to emerge from its worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, the need for carefully crafted public policy has never been more critical. The Public Policy Center is joining with the UI History Department to offer its second annual series of public forums featuring nationally recognized experts to share their perspectives on pressing domestic policy issues. Topics will include the Economy, Productive Democracy, Political Organizing in the Digital Age, and many more.

Each session, UI faculty and other experts will provide a background introduction to the topic of the week. This will be followed by a discussion involving policy practitioners, legislators, and advocates, and questions from the audience. Course resources such as PowerPoint presentations and audiocasts will be available on this website following each session.

Classes begin January 19, 2011, and take place every Wednesday from 6:30-8:20 in Shambaugh Auditorium at the UI Main Library.

Weekly sessions are free and open to the public.

These sessions will also be offered to students for credit.  “Policy Matters” is cross-listed by Political Science (course number 30:129) and History (course number 16:115).

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011
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6:30 PM The Economic Mess We're In (Part I)
  1. Joel Rogers
Wednesday, February 16th, 2011
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6:30 PM The Economic Mess We're In (Part II)
  1. Michael Ettlinger
  2. Peter Fisher
Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011
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6:30 PM What's Happening to the Middle Class?
  1. Kevin Leicht
  2. Noga O'Connor
Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011
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6:30 PM Political Organizing and Political Communication in a Digital Age
  1. Caroline J. Tolbert
  2. John Deeth
Wednesday, March 9th, 2011
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6:30 PM Rethinking the Work/Life Balance
  1. David L. Gould
  2. Mark Ginsberg
Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011
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6:30 PM Sustainability in the Built Environment
  1. Chuck Connerly
  2. John Fuller
  3. Jerry Anthony
Wednesday, March 30th, 2011
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6:30 PM Foodsheds and Watersheds
  1. Fred Kirschenmann
Wednesday, April 6th, 2011
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3:05 PM Sustainability in the Midwest
  1. Tracey Holloway
Wednesday, April 13th, 2011
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6:30 PM Concord Coalition and our Fiscal Solutions Tour
Wednesday, April 20th, 2011
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6:30 PM Health Care I: Historical Perspectives on Health Reform
  1. Colin Gordon
  2. Peter Damiano
Wednesday, April 27th, 2011
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6:30 PM Health Care II: Rolling it Out, or Rolling it Up
  1. Tim Kresowik
  2. Stacey Cyphert
  3. Peter Damiano
  • Jerry Anthony

    Associate Professor, Urban and Regional Planning, University of Iowa

    Jerry Anthony is an Associate Professor at the Graduate Program in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Iowa. He has a Ph.D. in Urban & Regional Planning, an M.A. in Town Planning, and a B.A. in Architecture. He teaches and researches housing policy, land use, smart growth and international planning issues. He was named a HUD Urban Scholar in 2001. His article, “The effect of Florida’s Growth Management Act on housing affordability,” was named one of most outstanding articles published in the Journal of the American Planning Association in 25 years. In 2001, he received the “Excellence in Planning Education” award from the Iowa chapter of the American Planning Association. In 2003 he helped found a non-profit agency, the Housing Trust Fund of Johnson County, to provide a new and flexible source of finance for affordable housing development in Johnson County, Iowa. From 2005 to 2008, he chaired Iowa City’s Housing & Community Development Commission.

  • Chuck Connerly

    Professor and Director Department of Urban and Regional Planning University of Iowa

    Charles Connerly joined the University of Iowa planning program in 2008 as Professor and Director. He has written or co-authored over 25 journal articles or book chapters. His research has been published in top journals, including the Journal of the American Planning Association, the Journal of Planning Education and Research, and the Journal of Planning Literature. His book, “The Most Segregated City in America”: City Planning and Civil Rights in Birmingham, 1920-1980 (2005), was named one of the top 10 planning books in 2006 by Planetizen, and in 2007 received the Paul Davidoff Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. Most recently, he co-edited Growth Management in Florida: Planning for Paradise. He has served as co-editor of the Journal of Planning Education and Research and since 2001 has been North American editor of Housing Studies. He taught urban planning at Florida State University where he served as chair of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning.

  • Stacey Cyphert

  • Peter Damiano

    Director, Public Policy Center Preventive and Community Dentistry University of Iowa

    Peter Damiano is the Director of the Public Policy Center (PPC) and Professor, Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry at the University of Iowa. He started the health policy research program at the PPC in 1990 and has been Director of the Center since July 2007. He is a health services researcher who investigates issues relating to access to care, quality, cost and outcomes of care. Dr. Damiano has authored over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and research monographs and has been the principal investigator on over 50 research studies funded by federal, state and Foundation sources. He is a former staff intern in the US Senate, a Robert Wood Johnson Dental Health Services Research Scholar and HRSA Primary Care Policy Fellow. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry (DDS) and UCLA School of Public Health (MPH).

  • Peter Damiano

    Director, Public Policy Center Preventive and Community Dentistry University of Iowa

    Peter Damiano is the Director of the Public Policy Center (PPC) and Professor, Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry at the University of Iowa. He started the health policy research program at the PPC in 1990 and has been Director of the Center since July 2007. He is a health services researcher who investigates issues relating to access to care, quality, cost and outcomes of care. Dr. Damiano has authored over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and research monographs and has been the principal investigator on over 50 research studies funded by federal, state and Foundation sources. He is a former staff intern in the US Senate, a Robert Wood Johnson Dental Health Services Research Scholar and HRSA Primary Care Policy Fellow. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry (DDS) and UCLA School of Public Health (MPH).

  • John Deeth

    Local Iowa City blogger

    John Deeth is a Des Moines Register guest blogger who has been featured in publications ranging from the Drudge Report to the Huffington Post. His past affiliations include WSUI radio (NPR) and Iowa Independent. Mr. Deeth and his trademark raspberry beret were a frequent presence on the 2007 Iowa caucus scene. He is a political activist in Johnson County and the Democratic Party, and ran for the Iowa legislature in 1996. The John Deeth Blog, recently listed as one of the top state-level political blogs by the Washington Post, has been published since Dec. 31, 2002. Mr. Deeth’s writing interests include electoral politics in general and Iowa politics in particular, popular music and culture, and technology.

  • Michael Ettlinger

    Vice President for Economic Policy, Center for American Progress

    Michael Ettlinger is the Vice President for Economic Policy at the Center for American Progress. Prior to joining the Center he spent six years at the Economic Policy Institutedirecting the Economic Analysis and Research Network. Previously he was tax policy director for Citizens for Tax Justice and the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy for 11 years. He has also served on the staff of the New York State Assembly. At the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, Mr. Ettlinger was the principal developer of the ITEP Microsimulation Tax Model, which permits detailed revenue and distributional analysis of federal and state personal income tax, consumption, and property taxes. He has authored many reports on tax and economic issues, frequently testified, and published widely. At the Economic Policy Institute, Ettlinger focused on regional economic development and state-level economic policy. His work included analysis of state minimum wage laws, the role of government in economic growth, public attitudes toward economic policy, and the relative efficacy of alternative state economic policies.

  • Peter Fisher

    Urban and Regional Planning, University of Iowa, Research Director, Iowa Policy Project

    Peter Fisher is professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Iowa and a national expert on public finance. He has served as a consultant to the Iowa Department of Economic Development, the State of Ohio, and the Iowa Business Council. His reports are regularly published in State Tax Notes and refereed journals. His recent book Grading Places: What Do the Business Climate Rankings Really Tell Us? was published by theEconomic Policy Institute in 2005. Dr. Fisher is also research director at the Iowa Policy Project. He is directly involved in research, writing and outreach on state tax and budget issues. He has authored or co-authored many of Iowa Fiscal Partnership reports and guest opinions on state tax policy. Dr Fisher holds a PhD in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

  • John Fuller

    Department of Urban and Regional Planning Department of Economics University of Iowa

    Dr. Fuller has served as a Professor at the University of Iowa in the Urban and Regional Planning Program and in other departments since 1979, teaching courses in transport policy, economics and planning. Prior to that he served on the National Transportation Policy Study Commission and with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. He has been active with various professional organizations including the Transportation Research Board, where he has chaired committees, task forces, and research panels.

  • Mark Ginsberg

    Owner, M.C. Ginsberg

  • Colin Gordon

    Professor and Chair, Department of History, University of Iowa

    Professor Gordon’s research interests focus on public policy and political economy in the United States since 1920. He has published three books in this area, including Dead on Arrival: The Politics of Health in Twentieth Century America, which reviews the history of health care policy in the United States during that period. He is also a senior research consultant at the Iowa Policy Project (IPP), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded in 2001 to produce research and analysis to engage Iowans in state policy decisions. He is the author of several IPP reports on health coverage, economic development, and wages and working conditions, including the biennial State of Working Iowa series. Dr. Gordon received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is currently serving as Chair of the University of Iowa Department of History. To visit Dr. Gordon's web page, click here.

  • David L. Gould

    Health and Human Physiology Department, University of Iowa

    David Gould is an Associate Director for Student Development in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, and a Lecturer in the Health and Human Physiology Department, at the University of Iowa.  His courses explore the cultural importance of leisure and play, with a particular emphasis on the role each plays throughout the lifespan.  In 2007 he won an award for outstanding teaching at the University. He was also a nominee for the 2009-2010 Lola Lopes Award for Undergraduate Student Advocacy and the 2008 President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence.  In 2010 and 2011, graduating seniors at the University of Iowa recognized him as one of the top faculty and staff members who has had a positive effect on their life.

    As a filmmaker, Mr. Gould’s credits include Freestyle: The Victories of Dan Gable and The Checker King.  These films premiered on HBO Signature and HBO2 respectively and enjoyed favorable reviews from such publications as the L.A. Times, Chicago Tribune, and Newsweek.  Among his awards, Mr. Gould has received a CINE Golden Eagle and a Regional Emmy for Outstanding Achievement. His most recent film, Two Sides of the Moon premiered at the 2011 Rhode Island International Film Festival, and won an Honorable Mention for Best Documentary Short. Two Sides of the Moon will be screened throughout North America in 2012. Mr. Gould is currently producing the feature film Diane’s Room, based on the life of legendary wrestler Dan Gable. He is represented by United Talent Agency.

  • Tracey Holloway

    Director, Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment, Associate Professor,Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin - Madison

    Professor Tracey Holloway is the Director of the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE), a cross-disciplinary research center based in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin--Madison. She examines air pollution chemistry and transport at the regional and global level, as well as links between air quality and climate, energy, land use, health, and public policy. Professor Holloway teaches courses in environmental modeling, air resource management, and atmospheric chemistry. She has affiliate appointments in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (AOS), Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), and the La Follette School of Public Policy. Since 2008, Holloway has managed the UW-Madison Climate Leadership Challengestudent innovation competition, geared toward promoting realistic, innovative solutions to reduce climate change and associated risks to human and natural systems. Holloway holds a Ph.D. in AOS from Princeton University, a certificate in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and a Sc.B. in Applied Mathematics from Brown University. She completed post-doctoral work at Columbia University's Earth Institute.




    In addition to her work at SAGE, Holloway serves on editorial board of the Environmental Research Letters, and is a founding board member of the Earth Science Women's Network (ESWN). Through her work with ESWN, Holloway helps manage the Earth Science Jobs Network (to join, click here). The Earth Science Jobs Network is a co-ed listserve for job announcements in the environmental sciences, maintained by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).

  • Fred Kirschenmann

    Distinguished Fellow, Leopold Center, Professor of Religion and Philosophy, Iowa State University, President, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture

    Frederick L. Kirschenmann is a longtime national and international leader in sustainable agriculture. He is a Distinguished Fellow at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University, President of the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, New York, and is a professor in the ISU Department of Religion and Philosophy. Dr. Kirschenmann holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of Chicago, and has written extensively about ethics and agriculture. He has served on the USDA’s National Organic Standards Board and the National Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production. In 2001, Kirschenmann received the Seventh Generation Research Award from the Center for Rural Affairs for his work in sustainable food and farming systems. He also was named a 2002 Leader of the Year in Agriculture by Progressive Farmer publications. For more information on Dr. Kirschenmann, click here.

  • Tim Kresowik

    Professor, Department of Surgery, Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa

    Timothy Kresowik is a professor and physician in the Division of Vascular Surgery within the surgery department at the Carver College of Medicine. He also serves as the president-elect on the board of the Iowa Medical Society, an organization that works to implement medical policy in Iowa. Dr. Kresowik’s research interests include quality improvement in medicine and performance measures for medical and surgical care. He has published widely in journals such as the Journal of the American Medical Association, the International Journal of Quality Health Care, and the Journal of Vascular Surgery. Dr. Kresowik received an MD from the University of Michigan. To visit Dr. Kresowik's web page, click here.

  • Kevin Leicht

    Professor of Sociology Director of the Institute for Inequality Studies Director of the Social Science Research Center University of Iowa

    Dr. Leicht’s interests include the sociology of work, organizations and organization theory, social stratification, and political sociology. He received a B.S from Creighton University, and a M.S. and Ph.D. from Indiana University, all in Sociology. Dr. Leicht is the co-author of four books, including most recently, Postindustrial Peasants: The Illusion of Middle Class Prosperity. He has published numerous articles in journals such as Social Forces and the American Journal of Sociology. His current research looks at the development of economic development programs by the U.S. states, and the causes and consequences of corporate restructuring. He teaches courses in the sociology of work, organizational theory, economy and society, political sociology and social stratification. Dr. Leicht is the current editor of Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, prior editor of The Sociological Quarterly, and has served on the editorial board of the American Sociological Review, Social Forces, and Work and Occupations.

  • Noga O'Connor

    Research Associate, Iowa Policy Project

    Noga holds a Ph.D. in sociology of education from New York University and an M.A. in sociology of education from Teachers College. She has worked as a statistical consultant and as director of institutional research before graduating in 2006 and accepting a position at the University of Iowa as visiting faculty. She joined IPP in July 2010 with a focus on issues of post-secondary training and the labor market, looking especially at the performance and well-being of Iowa workers. Noga's academic publications center on minorities in higher education and on community colleges.

    Noga’s research for IPP concentrates on policy analysis to advance the economic opportunity of all Iowans. Her research interests include the black-white achievement gap, group differences in returns to education, and the relationship between academic credentials and the labor market. 

  • Joel Rogers

    Law, Political Science, Sociology, University of Wisconsin - Madison

    Joel Rogers is professor of law, political science, public affairs, and sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also directs COWS (Center on Wisconsin Strategy), and its subsidiary Mayors Innovation ProjectCenter for State Innovation, and State Smart Transportation Initiative. Professor Rogers has written widely on American politics and public policy (books include On DemocracyRight TurnAmerica's Forgotten MajorityWhat Workers Want, and, most recently, American Society: How It Really Works). He is a MacArthur Foundation Fellow and a longtime social and political activist; Newsweekidentifies him as one of the 100 living Americans most likely to shape U.S. politics and culture in the 21st century. He co-founded and was first chair of the Apollo Alliance, and recently co-founded the Emerald Cities Collaborative, whose first project is comprehensive, cost-effective energy retrofits of American’s urban building stock.

  • Caroline J. Tolbert

    Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Iowa

    Professor Tolbert’s research interests focus on American politics, especially voting and elections, election reform, state politics, race/ethnicity, and information technology. She is former co-director of the University of Iowa Hawkeye Poll. Dr. Tolbert is the coauthor of a half dozen books and more than thirty articles in scholarly journals. Her books include Virtual Inequality: Beyond the Digital Divide and Digital Citizenship: The Internet Society and Participation. Digital Citizenship was ranked one of 20 best-selling titles in the social sciences by the American Library Association. She is a national expert on direct democracy and coauthor of Educated by Initiative: The Effects of Direct Democracy on Citizens and Political Organizations in the American States. Her latest book, Why Iowa: How Caucuses and Sequential Elections Improve the Presidential Nominating Process (with D. Redlawsk and T. Donovan) examines how we nominate presidents in the United States and ways to reform the process. Dr. Tolbert holds a PhD from the University of Colorado at Boulder. To visit Dr. Tolbert's web page, click here.

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