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UNI to host political discussions

February 22, 2012
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Christopher Larimer, associate professor, political science, 319-273-6047, christopher.larimer@uni.edu

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728, lindsay.cunningham@uni.edu

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host a taping of Iowa Public Radio's show "River to River" from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Friday, March 2, at Lang Hall Auditorium, on the UNI campus. Discussions will include the latest about the 2012 presidential election and Iowa's legislative priorities.

"River to River" is hosted by IPR's Ben Keiffer, and focuses primarily on the news, issues and events around Iowa. The national award-winning show goes beyond the headlines, frames community problems and fosters conversation. The taping will feature discussion by academics and political reporters, as well as interaction with a live audience.

UNI will also host the second annual Iowa Association of Political Scientists conference the following day on March 3 beginning with registration at 8:45 a.m., in the atrium in Sabin Hall. The day will include presentations by various panels presenting research on everything from state politics and presidential politics to foreign policy and national security.

"Forums such as these provide an opportunity for an informed and lively discussion on leading issues of the day," said Christopher Larimer, president-elect of the Iowa Association of Political Scientists and associate professor in political science at UNI. "The radio show and conference give Iowans a chance to discuss state and national politics with leading experts from the media, academia and elected office from across the state."

Both events are free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Larimer at 319-273-6047 or christopher.larimer@uni.edu.