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  • Event dissects America's political redistricting

    Thursday, February 16th, 2017

    The Public Policy Center hosted "Is Redistricting Polarizing America?" on Wednesday, Feb. 15. David Daley and John Winburn discussed the polarizing effects of redistricting. The discussion was moderated by Tracy Osborn, director of the PPC's Politics and Policy program and associate professor of political science. 
  • Student debt in crisis, says professor

    Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

    For one expert, the issue of college affordability stretches to more than just student debt; it also goes back to the lack of financial support.

    Professor Sara Goldrick-Rab of Temple University discussed the “crisis” of student-loan debt in a Monday evening lecture at the Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St.

    Goldrick-Rab, who teaches higher education policy and sociology at Temple University, is the author of Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream.

  • When socializing meets activism

    Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

    The February RELAX: TALK: GROW (RTG) was featured in The Daily Iowan. RTG is a networking/policy planning event hosted by the University of Iowa African American Council and the Public Policy Center. 

  • "Is Redistricting Polarizing America?" Feb. 15

    Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

    The University of Iowa Public Policy Center, with support from the UI Department of Political Science, hosted “Is Redistricting Polarizing America?" at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15 in the Old Capitol Senate Chambers as part of the Forkenbrock Series on Public Policy.

  • The power of particles: Can smoke spark severe tornadoes?

    Thursday, February 9th, 2017

    PPC researcher Scott Spak's work was recently highlighted in Sensing Our Planet: NASA Earth Science Research Features 2016. The article takes a look at the connection between smoke plumes and sever tornadoes.

  • Upcoming Inequality Seminar: "Making College Affordable," Feb. 13

    Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

    Sarah Goldbrick-Rab will present "Making College Affordable: Adventures in Scholar-Activism" from 2-3:20 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13 in W113 Seashore Hall. 

  • ISRC Spring NSF Mini Workshop series

    Monday, February 6th, 2017

    Researchers (faculty, staff and graduate students) and research administrators are invited to participate in a series of National Science Foundation (NSF) Mini Workshops sponsored by the Iowa Social Science Research Center.

  • Inequality Seminar: Keeping workers off the ballot, Feb. 6

    Friday, February 3rd, 2017

    Nick Carnes, associate professor of public policy and political science at Duke University, will present "Keeping workers off the ballot: Electoral gatekeepers and the shortage of candidates from the working class" at 2 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 6 in W113 Seashore Hall. Carnes presentation is part of the Inequality Seminar. 

  • League of Women Voters Legislative Forum on Education

    Thursday, January 26th, 2017

    The Social and Education Policy Research program will sponsor the first of three Legislative Forums that the League of Women Voters of Johnson County (LWVJC) is hosting in January, February and March. The forums provide an opportunity for dialogue between legislators and their constituents in Johnson County. The topic of the first forum is education and will be moderated by Syndy Conger, President of LWVJC.

  • Damiano Weighs in on Repeal of ACA on IPR's River to River

    Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

    As many as 230,000 Iowans could be left without health care if the repeal of the Affordable Care Act is carried through, as reported by Ben Kieffer in yesterday's (January 24) edition of Iowa Public Radio's River to River. PPC Director Pete Damiano joined the show to share his expertise on the subject. To listen to the full interview, click here.

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