To fulfill our community engagement mission, the PPC hosted five Forkenbrock Series events, the RELAX: TALK: GROW series, and the Big Ideas: Equality, Opportunity, and Public Policy in America series. The Forkenbrock Series, which features guest speakers and symposia, provides a forum for dialogue about policy areas from applied, academic, and interdisciplinary perspectives. The series was established in honor of David Forkenbrock, who established the PPC at the University of Iowa in 1987.
We also co-sponsored 48 events with other departments, including Jeffrey Toobin's lecture, "Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court," and fundraising events for the UI Veterans Association, Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County, and Crisis Center of Johnson County. We collaborated with the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies and FilmScene to screen the documentary, "Starving the Beast: The Battle to Disrupt and Reform America's Public Universities," and the College of Public Health to screen the documentary "Newtown."