Wonk Wednesdays - Spring 2018

April 18, 2018
7:00 PM
Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn StreetC

The University of Iowa Public Policy Center (PPC) presented a community-focused series of events. Each month we examined a policy topic from our various research areas, in a variety of formats.

These events were free and open to the public, and took place at 7 p.m. in Iowa City Public Library Meeting Room A. Videos of the presentations are available on the Media tab below.

Wonk Wednesday dates:

  • Wednesday, February 21 - How Do We Recruit More women into Politics? 
  • Wednesday, March 21 - Food for Thought: School Meals and Student Health
  • Wednesday, April 18 - America Out of Paris: The State of Global Climate Change Policy

To view the Wonk Wednesday presentations from the Fall 2017 semester, click here.


February 22, 2018

Politics & Policy: How Do We Recruit More Women into Politics?

Tracy Osborn, Director, PPC Politics & Policy Research Program, will talk about her research on groups that recruit, train, and fund women to run for office. What do we know about these groups? Do they work? Are they the best way to find women to run for office?

University of Iowa Department of Political Science

March 22, 2018

Health Policy - Food for Thought: School Meals and Student Health

Natoshia Askelson, Assistant Professor, Department of Community and Behavioral Health, and PPC Health Policy Research Program researcher, will lead a panel discussion about the role of school meals in students’ health.

Health Policy Research Program
Food Service Director Clear Creek Amana School
UI PhD Student Community and Behavioral Health
Faculty UI Department of Environmental and Occupational Health
Faculty UI Department of Economics

April 19, 2018

Environmental Policy - America Out of Paris: The State of Global Climate Change Policy

Silvia Secchi, Associate Professor, Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences and PPC Environmental Policy Research Program researcher, will talk about the current status of global climate change policies following the 2015 Paris accord, which has now been signed by all countries in the world, and last year’s White House decision to withdraw from it.

Environmental Policy Research Program
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 Dragana Petic at dragana-petic@uiowa.edu.