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On-Campus 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 during the 2016 caucus cycle, visit the We DU Politics page.

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

Past events:

  • February 3, 2020: Former South Bend. Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg caucus night event at Bell Center Gym
  • February 3, 2020: Former Vice President Joe Biden caucus night event at Parents Hall
  • February 3, 2020: Democratic Party Precinct Caucus for Des Moines’ 38th Precinct (DM 38) at Drake Fieldhouse
  • February 3, 2020: Democratic Party Precinct Caucus for Des Moines’ 62nd Precinct (DM 62) at the Knapp Center
  • February 3, 2020: Democratic Party Satellite Caucus at Drake Fieldhouse
  • January 30-31, 2020: Drake University Caucus Straw Poll
  • January 31, 2020: U.S. Representative Ayanna Pressley, campaign surrogate for U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, in Olmsted Center
  • January 30, 2020: Brandon Wolf, Pulse nightclub shooting survivor and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren’s campaign surrogate, in the Olmsted Breezeway
  • January 30, 2020: President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in the Knapp Center
  • January 27, 2020: Drake University Mock Caucus
  • January 27, 2020: Bailey, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren’s dog, in the Olmsted Breezeway
  • January 27, 2020: Former U.S. Representative Joe Walsh visit at Olmsted Starbucks
  • January 14, 2020: Eighth Democratic Presidential Debate hosted by CNN, The Des Moines Register, and the Democratic National Committee featuring former Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Senators Bernie Sanders, Amy Klobuchar, & Elizabeth Warren, former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and presidential candidate Tom Steyer at Sheslow Auditorium
  • January 14, 2020: Chasten Buttigieg, former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s husband, and actress Mandy Moore in Lower Olmsted Center
  • January 13, 2020: Presidential candidate Andrew Yang at Parents Hall
  • January 8, 2020: Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld roundtable with students in Medbury Honors Lounge
  • December 10, 2019: Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro event on the role of Iowa and New Hampshire in the presidential nominating process on Pomerantz Stage
  • November 11, 2019: The Washington Post interview with Democratic Drake students about caucus politics in Cowles Library Reading Room
  • November 9, 2019: U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders summit on climate change with U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other surrogates in the Bell Center Gym
  • November 9, 2019: Drake University College Republicans and Young Republicans of Iowa event with U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham and former U.S. Representative David Young in Cowles Library Reading Room
  • November 3, 2019: Fox Nation interview with Professor Rachel Paine Caufield about the Iowa caucuses in Cowles Library Reading Room
  • November 2, 2019: NAACP Des Moines Economic Freedom Presidential Town Hall featuring U.S. Senators Bernie Sanders, Amy Klobuchar, Michael Bennet, Cory Booker, & Kamala Harris, former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro, former U.S. Representatives Joe Sestak & John Delaney, South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and presidential candidates Tom Steyer & Andrew Yang in Sheslow Auditorium
  • November 2, 2019: College and Young Democrats of Iowa’s Caucus-athon at Drake University
  • October 26, 2019: Polk County Democrats event with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in Sheslow Auditorium
  • October 22-23, 2019: CBS Newspath interviews with Professor Art Sanders, his Media & Modern Politics class, and other Drake students about caucus politics at Drake University
  • October 20, 2019: U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren at Drake Fieldhouse
  • September 30, 2019:  Presidential candidate Marianne Williamson on Pomerantz Stage
  • September 21-23, 2019:  Poynter Institute “How To Cover the Iowa Caucuses” 4-day workshop at Drake University
  • September 27, 2019:  Mental Health for US Unite For Change Rally: Iowa in Sheslow Auditorium
  • July 22, 2019:  AARP Presidential Forum featuring former Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar & Cory Booker, and former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper in Parents Hall
  • 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 U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke in Sheslow Auditorium
  • May 4, 2019:  U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar event on mental health and substance abuse in Kern Commons
  • March 28, 2019:  Presidential candidate Bill Haas in Meredith Hall 101
  • March 12, 2019:  Presidential candidate Andrew Yang at Theta Chi Fraternity, Gamma Tau Chapter
  • February 5, 2019:  CBS This Morning: Saturday interview with Iowa voters about the 2019 State of the Union Address in Shivers Courtside Club
  • January 28, 2019:  CNN Town Hall with U.S. Senator Kamala Harris in Sheslow Auditorium
  • August 27, 2018: U.S. Representative John Delaney on Pomerantz Stage
Disclaimer: Drake University is committed to an open and productive exchange of ideas, allowing free and informed discussion of political affairs.  As a tax-exempt educational institution, Drake University does not endorse or oppose any political party or candidate for public office.