Forkenbrock Series on Public Policy

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    The Future of the Republican Party

    The Public Policy Center, with the Iowa Board of Regents and College of Law, are hosting a discussion series on issues facing our state and the nation.

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    Access to Voting: What Does Research Tell Us?

    The PPC hosted a virtual panel discussion on voter access and election administration and security. Video of the event is available.

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  3. COVID-19 Collaboration: a Forum for UI Social Scientists

    The Public Policy Center will host an online forum to explore the COVID-related research being done on the UI campus, and brainstorm ways in which social science researchers might collaborate.

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    The United States of Anxiety: Building a Multiracial Democracy in 2020

    From WNYC Studios in New York City, The United States of Anxiety is a show about the unfinished business of our history and its grip on our future.

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    The Burden of Gun Violence: Trends and Policy Solutions

    This event brought together a panel of experts to discuss the burden of American gun violence and the potential for evidence-based public policy solutions.

    The PPC’s Crime & Justice Policy research program, directed by Mark Berg, hosted this panel as part of the Run Up to the 2020 Caucus – a series designed to examine different policy topics that will be discussed during the campaign.

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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 PPC at the University of Iowa in 1987. 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. Dr. Forkenbrock died in 2008 of complications from lymphoma.