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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.



April at the Harkin Institute

  • Former Senator Tom Harkin is making his first post-congressional retirement public appearance at Drake University on the evening April 16th for a lecture and dialogue with you. More details about this exciting event and how to attend will be released the first week of April 2015.

  • Senator Harkin's Congressional papers, 40 years full of Iowa and American history, are here and at the Drake University Archives! Read all about the historic event here!
  • The Tom Harkin Papers Collection website hosted by the Drake University Cowles Library has launched. Learn more about the Collection here.
  • Drake University Professor Dennis Goldford was named the Harkin Institute's first Flansburg Fellow. Learn about the Flansburg Fellowship and Professor Goldford here.


University News
March 30, 2015
Imani Keith Henry, diversity trainer and organizational development consultant, will deliver a lecture on social justice at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 2, in Levitt Hall, Old Main.