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IDEAS AT WAR: American Propaganda Posters of WWII

Exhibition features over fifty original posters produced by American designers to persuade the public to support wartime efforts Drake University's Anderson Gallery will open its new season with “Ideas at War: American Propaganda Posters of World War II,” an exhibition featuring more than 50 original wartime posters from the collection of the State Historical Museum […]
August 28, 2015

Sussman Lecture: “The Making of Ferguson and Baltimore”

Richard Rothstein of the Economic Policy Institute will deliver “Beyond the Invisible Fence: The Making of Ferguson and Baltimore” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, in Sussman Theater.
August 20, 2015

Philanthropist Melva Bucksbaum dies at age 82

Melva Bucksbaum, a dedicated philanthropist who helped to establish Drake University’s largest and most well-known lecture series, died last weekend. She was 82 years old. Melva Bucksbaum and her husband Martin, a longtime member of Drake’s governing board, established the Martin Bucksbaum Distinguished Lecture Series through a generous gift to the university. The series—named in […]
August 19, 2015

Peter Neufeld of The Innocence Project to Deliver 35th Bucksbaum Lecture

Peter Neufeld, co-founder of The Innocence Project, will deliver the 35th Bucksbaum lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 27, in the Drake University Knapp Center.
August 17, 2015

Drake scheduled to host nationally televised DNC debate 

Drake University will host a live, nationally televised debate among Democratic presidential candidates on Nov. 14, 2015.
August 6, 2015

Drake hires CEO to lead renowned magazine media program

Drake University has hired the founder of a Des Moines communications company to lead the university’s award-winning magazine media program.
August 4, 2015

Join us for Drake Day at the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 13

Drake University is expanding its presence at the Iowa State Fair to provide more ways for students, alumni, faculty and friends to reconnect and show their pride.
July 31, 2015

Radia, Willis to receive Ray Center's 2015 Robert D. Ray Pillar of Character Award

The Ray Center, formerly known as Character Counts in Iowa, will issue its 2015 Robert D. Ray Pillar of Character Award to Suku Radia, President and CEO of Bankers Trust, and Rich Willis, dealer principal at Willis Auto Campus.
July 27, 2015

Harkin Institute, Drake University Archives to celebrate ADA legislation's 25th anniversary

The Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement at Drake University and the Drake University Archives and Special Collections will publicly unveil Former U.S. Senator Tom Harkin’s Americans with Disabilities Act congressional files and materials on the 25th anniversary of the signing of Harkin’s signature piece of legislation.
July 21, 2015
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Drake alumnus Zach Johnson wins the British Open in playoff

Zach Johnson, BN’98, who won the 144th Open Championship today following a four-hole playoff.
July 20, 2015

Sammons donates $1 million to Drake University Actuarial Program

Sammons Enterprises, Inc., parent company of Des Moines-based Sammons Financial Group, has donated $1 million to Drake University for the Sammons Endowed Professorship in Actuarial Science, a program that supports a new or existing professor of actuarial science and will be used to retain or attract outstanding faculty members.
July 17, 2015

Drake University adopts test-flexible admission policy

Drake University has implemented a test-flexible admission policy that allows eligible prospective students to choose whether to submit standardized test scores as part of their application.
July 15, 2015
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Senior capstone Urban Plains receives top honors

Drake University journalism students nabbed top honors in the 2015 AEJMC Student Magazine Awards. was named the best online magazine.
July 15, 2015
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New website provides Iowa caucus information and analysis for journalists, voters

A new website provides comprehensive information and analysis of presidential campaigns in Iowa leading into the state’s first-in-the-nation caucuses.
July 14, 2015

Drake University receives renewed Center for Actuarial Excellence designation

Drake University has retained its status as a Center for Actuarial Excellence. The designation is held by only 16 colleges and universities in the United States, and 26 in the world.
July 13, 2015