2010 Policy Matters: Scholarly and Practical Perspectives on Contemporary Problems

January 20, 2010 – April 28, 2010
6:30 PM
Shambaugh Auditorium, UI Main Library Iowa City, Iowa

Ever wonder what academics are really up to? Now you can find out for free. The Public Policy Center is joining with the UI History Department to offer an unprecedented series of public forums featuring nationally recognized experts to share their perspectives on pressing domestic policy issues. Topics will include Health Care, Poverty, Energy, and Economic Development, among others. Each session, UI 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 27, 2010, 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).


January 20, 2010


January 28, 2010

Economic Policy
Co-director Center for Economic and Policy Research

February 4, 2010

Health Care Reform
Director Public Policy Center Preventive and Community Dentistry University of Iowa
Professor Department of Surgery, Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa
Research Associate Iowa Policy Project
Professor and Chair Department of History, University of Iowa

February 11, 2010

Director Institute for Inequality Studies, Director, Social Science Research Center, Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Iowa
Research Associate and Outreach Coordinator Iowa Policy Project

February 18, 2010

Candidate for the Iowa State Secretary of Agriculture
Chair of the Linn County Soil and Water Commission Farmer Advocate for local food
Distinguished Fellow Leopold Center, Professor of Religion and Philosophy, Iowa State University
President Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture

February 25, 2010

Research Associate Energy and the Environment, Iowa Policy Project
Iowa Department of Economic Development
Iowa Department of Economic Development
Vice President of Regulation MidAmerican Energy Company
Clinical Professor Occupational and Environmental Health University of Iowa

March 4, 2010

Senior Research Scientist Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Research Engineer Iowa Flood Center
Donald E. Bently Professor of Engineering Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Director, Center for Health Effects of Environmental Conditions, University of Iowa

March 11, 2010

Department of Urban and Regional Planning Department of Economics University of Iowa
Director Systems Planning Office Iowa Department of Transportation
Director Transportation Research Program, PPC Urban and Regional Planning Department of Economics University of Iowa

March 24, 2010

International Programs University of Iowa
West Liberty Mayor
Cole & Landra LLP Iowa City
Pastor St. Patrick's Church, iowa City
Department of Sociology University of Northern Iowa

March 31, 2010

New Media
Communications Director Iowa Senate Democratic Research Staff
Republican Activist and Blogger
Iowa State Representative
Johnson County Board of Supervisors
Professor Department of Political Science, University of Iowa

April 7, 2010

Executive Director Shelter House
Iowa State Senator
Executive Director Iowa Finance Authority
Vice President of Property Development SouthGate Development Services LLC
Associate Professor Urban and Regional Planning, University of Iowa

April 14, 2010

Economic Development
City Council Member Iowa City
Government Relations Kirkwood Community College
Director of Business Development Conlon Construction
Director Good Jobs First

April 21, 2010

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

April 28, 2010

Director University of Iowa Labor Center
Iowa Policy Project
President Hawkeye Labor Council
Department of History University of Iowa
The Forkenbrock Series provides a forum for dialogue about policy areas from applied, academic, and interdisciplinary perspectives. The series was established in honor of David Forkenbrock, a nationally recognized transportation researcher. Dr. Forkenbrock established the Public Policy Center at the University of Iowa in 1987 and directed the Center until 2007. His vision was to enable public and private sector decision makers to work with faculty, staff, and student researchers to explore solutions to complex problems related to the public interest.
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Leslie Gannon at (319) 335-6817 or leslie-gannon@uiowa.edu.