• Monday, August 22nd, 2011 to Friday, May 11th, 2012

    The University of Iowa designated 2011-12 as the "Year of Political Discourse." The goal was to take advantage of the heightened political atmosphere of the national election to emphasize the importance of reasonable discussion to the urgent issues of our time, particularly as they apply to the University environment.

  • Sunday, January 30th, 2011 to Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

    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.

  • Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 to Friday, October 22nd, 2010

    Balanced Lives: Best Policies for the New Economy brought together experts from government, academia, business, and the community to explore ways to make our lives more rewarding in a sustainable way.

  • Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

    The University of Iowa hosted a symposium to review and discuss how the recently enacted federal health reforms may affect health policy in Iowa, including the need to address immediate possible impacts in financing and infrastructure.

  • Wednesday, January 20th, 2010 to Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

    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.

  • Friday, October 16th, 2009 to Saturday, October 17th, 2009

    This two-day symposium provided a forum for dialogue about new energy opportunities being created in response to the growing challenge of climate change. The event featured national experts from an array of backgrounds including engineers, industry representatives, policymakers, economists, and agriculture experts. Topics covered included the state of the science, economic impacts, renewable energy, energy efficiency, agricultural issues, and policy responses at the local, state, and federal levels.

  • Friday, September 18th, 2009

    This symposium is a collaborative effort of the University of Iowa’s Public Policy Center Forkenbrock Series and the College of Public Health’s Hansen Award Lecture. It has been designed to bring together the Iowa health community to learn about, and discuss strategies to achieve, patient-centered medical homes. The one-day symposium will include background and national perspectives, as well as examples of current practice. Special attention will be focused on redesign, reimbursement and incentives in Iowa.

  • Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 to Thursday, March 12th, 2009

    This symposium brought together national experts from a wide range of disciplines who addressed a variety of topics related to flooding. Speakers included: academics from engineering, geography, urban and regional planning, sociology, and public health; people impacted by the recent Iowa flooding including business owners and flood victims; federal legislative representatives, insurance representatives, community planners, interest and trade groups, and the Army Corps of Engineers, among others.

  • Friday, October 10th, 2008 to Saturday, October 11th, 2008

    This Forkenbrock Series Symposium focused on the urgent need for well-formulated policy responses to address the housing foreclosure crisis. Invited speakers included leading scholars from diverse fields such as business, economics, government affairs and urban planning, as well as leaders of government agencies, financial institutions and non-profit agencies.

  • Thursday, September 11th, 2008 to Friday, September 12th, 2008

    The Transportation Finance and Economics: Policy Options for the Future symposium was held on September 11-12, 2008, in Iowa City, IA. This symposium brought together national experts in many aspects of Transportation Policy from highways and transit to the externalities of transportation such as land use and equity. 170 people participated in interdisciplinary discussions concerning timely issues such as the upcoming reauthorization of the Federal Transportation Bill.