Lincoln Project Public Forum

March 9, 2017 - 4:00pm
Pomerantz Center, room c20

Among the many issues facing the United States in this particular moment in history, the future of higher education is certainly foremost in many of our minds as researchers, scholars, educators, and administrators.


At 4 p.m. Thursday, March 9, you'll have an opportunity to hear from some of the country's thought-leaders on the topic. Working with the University of Iowa President's Office, the Obermann Center for Advance Studies, and the Public Policy Center, we're sponsoring a public forum of the Lincoln Project, an initiative of the American Academy for Arts and Sciences that is traveling the country to examine the challenges facing public research universities and begin formulating solutions.

The event will take place in Room C20 of the Pomerantz Center. Although this is not a ticketed event, seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so I encourage you to register via EventBrite at A reception will follow in the Blank Honors Center lobby.

Lincoln Project Co-Chair Mary Sue Coleman, former president of both the University of Iowa and the University of Michigan, as well as president of the Association of American Universities, will co-lead the forum with University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld and project advisers Phyllis Wise, former chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and currently CEO of the Colorado Longitudinal Study, and Jim Leach, University of Iowa Chair in Public Affairs and interim director of the University of Iowa Museum of Art.

Over the past three years, the Lincoln Project has traveled to campuses across the country to meet with leaders in higher education, government, and business. This will be its first stop in Iowa. Previous stops have included New York City, Austin, Atlanta, Chapel Hill, Charlottesville, Ann Arbor and Madison, as well as other locations.

This project provides opportunities for vital conversations about how we can all support our region's intellectual infrastructure and advance a robust national research enterprise to position Iowa well in the developing global economy. Through the Lincoln Project, we have the chance to demonstrate that our public universities--which today are often seen as expenses to be minimized--are assets to be leveraged and maximized.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa--sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Leslie Weatherhead in advance at or 319-335-2131.