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The Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement is dedicated to advancing dialogue about the issues that define our public life. Founded on the premise that good public policy is best achieved when policymakers have access to high quality information, political processes are open and well-understood, and citizens are informed and active participants, the Harkin Institute seeks to create opportunities for thoughtful policy discourse in a nonpartisan environment.



Summer at the Harkin Institute

  • Where will you be on July 26th? Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act with the Harkin Institute! Be one of the first individuals to examine the ADA congressional files within the Thomas R. Harkin Collection at the Drake University Archives and Special Collections.  Witness the history of the ADA through photographs, the Senator’s background memos, and other unique artifacts. There will be a brief program that will include video messages from notable Americans involved with the passage of the ADA and a live message from Senator Harkin. Get all the details and RSVP HERE!

  • Cowles Library Political Papers Archivist, Hope Grebner, is a co-curator of the new "Great Society Congress" online exhibition about what many consider the most productive Congress in American History. Click here to take an online tour of the 89th Congress.


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University News
July 27, 2015
The Ray Center, formerly known as Character Counts in Iowa, will issue its 2015 Robert D. Ray Pillar of Character Award to Suku Radia, President and CEO of Bankers Trust, and Rich Willis, dealer principal at Willis Auto Campus.