Other Events

February 17, 2016
Meredith 101
7:00 - 8:30 pm

Brent Bruen: From ISIS to Russia: How America Can Win the Battle of Ideas

February 27, 2016 @ 7pm
Goodwin-Kirk Residence Hall
"I Side With...."
Hosted by Residence Life

The purpose of this event is to introduce participants to a website that walks them through the issues important in the presidential campaign and where various candidates stand on those issues, allowing individuals to discover which candidate the participant sides with the most. The participants would then have the opportunity to discuss the issues that are important in the presidential election as well as eat cookies.

March 8, 2016
Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center
7:00 - 8:30 pm

Panel Discussion: End of the Commodities Super Cycle: Implications for the U.S. Presidential Election, the World Economy, and Beyond

May 6, 2016
Parents Hall, Olmsted Center
6:30 - 9:00 pm

The final, major festival on Drake's campus to summarize all that we discussed throughout the series and to push participants to make a difference in their everyday lives. Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas will give the keynote address.  And Chicago band Sidewalk Chalk will provide a live hip-hop soul soundtrack.


The Harkin Institute presents
the 2016 Sussman Lecture 

The Only Bipartisan Issue in Congress: Sentencing Reform
with Julie Stewart 

7:00 PM
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center
Drake University


One in every 100 Americans is in prison or jail. That equates to 2.2 million people behind bars, more than any other country in the world.  Why have federal prisons grown by 500% in the past 30 years? 

The answer is largely attributable to mandatory minimum sentences, the three-strikes law, and mandatory drug sentences that have filled our prisons with nonviolent offenders. Now, in the most divisive Congress in recent history, this issue is one on which Republicans and Democrats agree: the U.S. needs smarter criminal sentencing policies.

Please join the Harkin Institute when we welcome Julie Stewart, president and founder of the nonpartisan, nonprofit organization Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) with a special introduction provided by The Honorable Mark W. Bennett, Senior Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa. Through storytelling and national expertise, Ms. Stewart will explore with you why policy makers as diverse as presidential candidate Ted Cruz to current President Barack Obama support reforming the sentencing laws that have filled America's prisons.  You will leave this fascinating spring event with a new understanding of the impact of tough-on-crime laws and what our options are to address this epidemic of incarceration. 

Space is limited!
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Contact Estelle Montgomery at (515) 271-3591 to reserve an accessible seat for yourself and your companion. For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations, contact The Harkin Institute at (515) 271-3623.

The Sussman Lecture Series 
The Sussman Lecture Series is dedicated to the study of issues that define our public life and to engaging students and citizens in constructive dialogue regarding these issues. 

Twice a year, the Sussman Lecture Series brought to you by the Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement hosts a notable public policy figure to discuss topical current events with a small audience. Tickets are required and seating is limited to provide an intimate experience for attendees.


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