The Mary Louise Smith Chair in Women and Politics brings nationally renowned political leaders, scholars and activists to Iowa State University to enrich the experiences of students and educate citizens about the role of women in the political process.

Each year, the Women Impacting ISU calendar recognizes twelve current students, faculty and staff who have distinguished themselves through their service and accomplishments at Iowa State University.

Ready to Run® Iowa is a nonpartisan campaign training program designed to recruit and train women in Iowa to run for elective office, prepare for appointive office, or become involved in public life as leaders in their communities.

The Manatt-Phelps Lecture in Political Science, a lecture series through the Department of Political Science, brings to campus prominent practitioners and scholars to address the ISU community on issues of significance to the United States and to Iowa.

Upcoming Events

Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

The History of Presidential Debates, 1960-Present
2024 Constitution Day Lecture
Karen M. Kedrowski
Sept. 12, 2024
6 p.m.
2630 Memorial Union

The Rural Voter: The Politics of Place and the Disuniting of America
Nicholas Jacobs and Daniel Shea
Oct. 3, 2024
6 p.m.
Lee Liu Auditorium, Howe Hall

How States Can Prevent Election Subversion in 2024 and Beyond
Fall 2024 Manatt-Phelps Lecture in Political Science
Michael Waldman
Oct. 8, 2024
6 p.m.
Great Hall, Memorial Union

Jazz Night
Oct. 9, 2024
7:30 p.m.
Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall
Admission is $5; tickets can be purchased at the door
Voter registration will be available prior to the performance

2025 Women Impacting ISU calendar reception
Jan. 22, 2025
3:30-5 p.m. (program begins at 4 p.m.)
Sun Room, Memorial Union