Iowa Board of Regents

Board of Regents co-sponsors Policy Challenges for Iowa discussion series

October 6, 2021

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The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, in collaboration with the University of Iowa Public Policy Center and College of Law, is sponsoring the Policy Challenges for Iowa Discussion Series to highlight divergent but compelling voices on important issues impacting public policy and our communities. 

The series, which began September 22, 2021 with a discussion on free speech and social media, continues October 14 at 7 p.m. in the Levitt Center, 4th floor with a discussion on the future of the Democratic Party. Discussion will feature alternative views on the challenges facing the Democratic Party and the impact current internal discussions within the party will have on policy. 

Keynote speakers include former Iowa 2nd District Representative Dave Loebsack, Washington Post reporter Seung Min Kim, Thomas Holbrook, professor of government at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Larry Grisolono, Democratic Party consultant and pollster. Featured topics include how the Democratic Party has changed over the last 10-20 years, how internal policy differences within the party affect its ability to pass legislation and how philosophical and demographic differences among democratic voters could affect the 2022 and 2024 elections. 

The event is open to the public and free to attend. The discussion also will be streamed live on the Iowa Public Policy Center’s YouTube channel. A third and final Policy Challenges for Iowa discussion is scheduled for November 10, when key speakers will discuss the future of the Republican Party. 

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