Dr. Jeff Taylor, professor of political science at Dordt College, invites you to attend the Iowa Conference on Presidential Politics. It will be held October 29-31, 2015, on the campus of Dordt College.​

The conference will be a national, cross-disciplinary, inaugural meeting of scholars focusing on presidential elections and presidential power. It will feature three distinguished historians and political scientists as keynote speakers: Andrew Bacevich, Amy Black and Robert Johnston.

All are welcome--professors and instructors, independent scholars and interested citizens, graduate students and undergraduates. Scholars of political science, history, culture, and applied theology are among those encouraged to participate. Papers informed by qualitative research and normative political thought are welcome.

We will be utilizing Iowa's unique status as the first-in-the-nation state in the presidential selection process. We plan to attract more than one presidential candidate to speak at our conference since it will be timed to coincide with the Iowa caucuses.

Register for ICPP here.

Have questions about the Iowa Conference on Presidential Politics? Email Jeff Taylor at


Thursday, October 29

5:00-7:00 pm – Conference Registration (Lobby of Science & Technology Building)

5:15-7:00 pm – Dinner at Commons Dining Hall

7:00-9:00 pm – Plenary Session #1

                                    Welcome by Jeff Taylor

                                    Remarks by Democratic presidential candidate Lawrence Lessig

                                    Keynote speech by Andrew Bacevich


Friday, October 30

8:00-9:00 am – Conference Registration (Lobby of Science & Technology Building)

8:00-9:00 am – Continental Breakfast (Lobby of Science & Technology Building)

9:00-10:00 am – Q&A with Andrew Bacevich

10:00-10:30 am – break

10:30-11:30 am – Breakout Session 1A: Insurgents within Parties

                              Breakout Session 1B: Imagination and Literature

                              Breakout Session 1C: Christianity and Politics I

11:30 am-12:30 pm – Lunch at Commons Dining Hall

12:30-2:00 pm – Breakout Session 2A: Nineteenth Century

                            Breakout Session 2B: Partisanship and Principle

                            Breakout Session 2C: Factors in Electability and Behavior

2:00-2:15 pm – break

2:15-3:45 pm – Breakout Session 3A: Early States in Primary Season

                          Breakout Session 3B: Leadership and Public Administration

                          Breakout Session 3C: Christianity and Politics II

                          Breakout Session 3D: Data and Forecasting

3:45-7:00 pm – break

  4:00-5:15 pm – Remarks by Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum

  4:00-4:45 pm – Community Event – Bringing History to Life: Chuck Chalberg as Theodore

                            Roosevelt (Sioux Center Public Library) Shuttle Service Available

5:15-7:00 pm – Dinner at Commons Dining Hall

7:00-9:00 pm – Plenary Session #2

                                    Remarks by former Congresswoman Lynn Nancy Rivers (D-MI)

                                    Keynote speech by Robert Johnston


Saturday, October 31

8:00-9:00 am – Continental Breakfast (Lobby of Science and Technology Center)

9:00-10:00 am – Plenary Session #3              

                                    Keynote speech by Amy Black

10:00-11:00 am – Breakout Session 4A: Foreign Policy I

                             Breakout Session 4B: Progressive Era II

11:00-11:15 am – break

11:15 am-12:15 pm – Breakout Session 5A: Foreign Policy II

                                    Breakout Session 5B: Philosophy and Classical Liberalism

                                    Breakout Session 5C: Social Context and Executive Action