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Fall 2017 Sussman Lecture: The Evolving Role of American Mayors

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Drake University

2875 University Ave.

Des Moines, IA 50311

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The Evolving Role of American Mayors: How local leaders are taking the lead in the face of state and federal inaction

Join The Harkin Institute on Monday, October 30, 2017, at 7 p.m. when we welcome Columbia, South Carolina Mayor Stephen Benjamin to discuss some of the top issues facing American cities and their elected leaders today.

Benjamin and the city of Columbia have confronted many social issues faced by local governments across the country, including ongoing conversations about race, equality and the role of monuments in our society; sanctuary cities and creating welcoming environments; and how cities have become more proactive in the face of state and federal government inaction.

Benjamin was first elected mayor of Columbia, South Carolina in 2010 and currently is seeking his third term in office. He serves as vice president of the United States Conference of Mayors and will assume leadership of the organization in 2018. Benjamin has been praised as a thoughtful, innovative leader on issues facing Columbia and American cities in general.

As the capital city of South Carolina, Columbia has been at the center of ongoing discussions about how and where to display confederate symbols and in 2015 removed the Confederate battle flag from the South Carolina Capitol grounds.

Earlier this year, Benjamin joined mayors across the country seeking clarification on how local authorities should enforce immigration policies and potential consequences for communities that identify themselves as “sanctuary cities.”

Don't miss out on this insightful conversation. Register now!


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General Admission tickets are for non-reserved, open seating. Tickets are required for entry but seating is not guaranteed. Arrive early to get a great spot as The Harkin Institute's events always fill to capacity! Doors open at 6 p.m.

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The Olmsted Parking Lot at 2875 University Ave., is the closest parking lot to the venue and is recommended for your use. There is also free on-street parking on University Avenue.

Click here for a map of campus and parking lots. The Olmsted Building is No. 45, the Olmsted Parking Lot is No. 57 and the Dial Center Parking Lot is No. 51.

For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations, contact The Harkin Institute at 515-271-3623.

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