Drake Events

Throughout the caucus season, Drake University is no stranger to national political events, media personalities, and especially presidential candidates.

If you’re a Drake student, you may be surprised to learn that your classrooms and meeting spaces have hosted political leaders and media personalities.  To find out about all the events Drake hosted in 2015, visit the WeDUPolitics page.  And check back…  As 2020 events are announced, they will be listed here.

To learn about using Drake facilities for a candidate or media event, find information here.

Upcoming events:


September 17, 2019:  Mental Health for US Presidential Candidate Forum in Sheslow Auditorium


September 21-23, 2019:  Poynter Institute 4-day workshop “How To Cover the Iowa Caucuses” at Drake University

2019-2020 events:


July 22, 2019:  AARP Presidential Forum in Parents Hall, featuring former Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Cory Booker, Senator Amy Klobuchar, and former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper


July 22, 2019:  MSNBC Morning Joe interview with former Vice President Joe Biden in Morehouse Living Room.


May 21, 2019:  CNN Town Hall with former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke in Sheslow Auditorium


May 4, 2019:  Presidential candidate Senator Amy Klobuchar roundtable about mental health and substance abuse at Kern Commons, Drake Law School


March 28, 2019:  Presidential candidate Bill Haas in Meredith 101


March 12, 2019:  Presidential candidate Andrew Yang at Theta Chi


Feb. 5, 2019:  CBS State of the Union Focus Group in Shivers Courtside Club


Jan. 28, 2019:  CNN Town Hall with Senator Kamala Harris in Sheslow Auditorium