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Nov. 19, 2007

Redlawsk to discuss 'The Power of the Iowa Caucus' Nov. 29 in Des Moines

As Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses near, presidential hopefuls and the media are storming Iowa towns and hamlets, bringing an unparalleled level of national attention to the state. University of Iowa political scientist David Redlawsk will explain this phenomenon during a talk, "The Power of the Iowa Caucus," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, in Room 301 of the Pappajohn Education Center, 1200 Grand Ave. in Des Moines.

The UI Alumni Association is sponsoring the presentation as part of its Lifelong Learning Series. Redlawsk, a UI associate professor of political science in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will discuss what is happening this year in the Iowa caucus, address Iowans' role in the process, and what the future might hold.

Redlawsk is the founder and director of the UI Hawkeye Poll, the most comprehensive survey of Iowa voters, especially those likely to participate in the caucuses. The questionnaire asks for voters' perceptions of the candidates and the issues. At the talk, Redlawsk will share recent Hawkeye Poll results and show how voters use campaign information when choosing to support a candidate. The results of the UI Hawkeye Poll were announced at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. and were cited by hundreds of news media outlets ranging from "The Today Show" to TIME magazine.

Redlawsk's presentation, co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is free and open to the public. A reception begins at 6:30 p.m. before the program. Participants should RSVP by Nov. 27 to the UI Alumni Association online at or by calling 800-469-2586.

At the UI, Redlawsk teaches courses on campaigns, voting behavior, local politics, and the Iowa caucuses. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Duke University, a Master of Business Administration degree from Vanderbilt University, and a doctorate from Rutgers University.

The Lifelong Learning Series features UI faculty and staff who share their expertise with alumni and friends of the university at events held in cities across Iowa. For more information, visit the UI Alumni Association online at

For the information on the latest UI Hawkeye Poll, see

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: UI Alumni Association, 800-469-2586; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,; Writer: Stacie Carpenter