[Bleeding Heartland Logo]

About
Bleeding Heartland is a community blog about Iowa politics: campaigns and elections, state government, social and environmental issues. Bleeding Heartland also weighs in on presidential policies and campaigns, federal legislation and what the Iowans in Congress are up to. Join our community, post your thoughts as comments or diaries, help keep our leaders honest and hold them accountable.
Author
- desmoinesdem
Highlights
- Iowa 2012 election coverage
- Who's who in the Iowa House for 2015
- Who's who in the Iowa Senate for 2013
- Iowa wildflowers
2014 Election Coverage
- Absentee ballot numbers
- IA-Sen
- IA-Gov
- IA-01
- IA-02
- IA-03
- IA-04
- Secretary of Agriculture
- Secretary of State
- State Auditor
- Iowa Senate overview
- Iowa House overview
- Senate district 5
- Senate district 7
- Senate district 9
- Senate district 13
- Senate district 15
- Senate district 17
- Senate district 27
- Senate district 29
- Senate district 39
- Senate district 41
- Senate district 47
- Senate district 49
- House district 8
- House district 15
- House district 25
- House district 26
- House district 28
- House district 30
- House district 33 (2013)
- House district 40
- House district 51
- House district 60
- House district 63
- House district 65
- House district 68
- House district 73
- House district 82
- House district 91
- House district 92
- House district 95
- House district 99
Search




Advanced Search


Paid Advertising


Bleeding Heartland
It's what plants crave.

ISU losing Harkin papers

by: desmoinesdem

Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 09:16:48 AM CST


Yesterday Senator Tom Harkin withdrew his offer to donate his papers to Iowa State University, in effect dooming the Harkin Institute of Public Policy created there in 2011.
desmoinesdem :: ISU losing Harkin papers
Harkin notified Iowa State officials of his decision shortly after the Harkin Institute advisory board voted in a telephone meeting to recommend that the retiring senator not donate his papers to ISU. O.Kay Henderson posted the audio of the advisory board phone call at Radio Iowa. Board members Michael Gartner and former Lieutenant Governor Sally Pederson expressed concerns about limits on freedom to pursue certain research subjects, a charge Harkin Institute interim director David Peterson denied:

"I'm the one on the ground," Peterson told board members during a telephone conference call. "I'm the one dealing with academics. I'm the one figuring out how academics are reacting to the environment around The Harkin Institute and, honestly, it's not the Memorandum of Understanding that's been creating headaches and problems. It is, I think, some of the accusations of limits of academic freedom which I think, on face, are wrong and...a little bit personally insulting."

Peterson argued "bureaucratic lines" are necessary to ensure there's no duplication in research at Iowa State.

I'm not buying what Peterson is selling. ISU's Center of Agricultural and Rural Development doesn't have a veto on research subjects or publications from the university's Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture. Why should the Harkin Institute be forced to clear its projects with CARD?

Jens Manuel Krogstad of the Des Moines Register reported yesterday,

Board members voting to recommend Harkin not leave his papers with ISU were Michael Gartner, Rachel McLean, Steve Roberts, Charlie Cook and Pederson. Voting against the recommendation was Beate Schmittmann, dean of ISU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Two other board members - Ruth Harkin, the senator's wife, and board chairman and former ISU president Gregory Geoffroy - abstained.

In his letter to ISU officials, Harkin wrote that he decided against donating his papers after "it became evident that the unviersity would not grant the Institute the very freedoms that I learned to cherish at Iowa State."

ISU President Steven Leath sounds furious:

Leath issued a written statement early this evening, saying he had "sincerely tried to resolve differences over the operation of the Harkin Institute...and I am extremely disappointed."

Leath used the words "unfounded and false" to describe allegations that the guidelines he had established for the institute violated the principles of academic freedom.

"I cannot say at this time whether the Harkin Institute will continue to function," Leath said. "The institute was established by the Board of Regents, and any change to significantly alter its status, including closure, must be made by the board."

The Board of Regents members who got Leath into this mess, Craig Lang and Bruce Rastetter, will be all too happy to close this chapter. They opposed creating the Harkin Institute in the first place.

Sally Pederson told the Des Moines Register after the meeting that ISU will probably need to return approximately $3.3 million raised for the institute to donors.

Harkin suggested on Iowa Public Television last week that he might donate his papers to Drake University. That university's administrators are unlikely to place any restrictions on the use of the Harkin papers, because Drake is far less dependent than ISU on corporate agricultural funding.  

Tags: , , , , , , , (All Tags)
Print Friendly View Send As Email
Tweet This!

Menu

Make a New Account

Username:

Password:



Forget your username or password?


Iowa Liberal Blogs
- Ames Progressive
- Blog For Iowa
- Essential Estrogen
- Iowa .Gif-t Shop
- Iowa Independent (archive)
- Iowa Policy Points
- Iowans for a Future That Doesn't Suck
- John Deeth
Iowa Conservative Blogs
- Hawkeye GOP
- The Bean Walker
- Caffeinated Thoughts
- The Conservative Reader: Iowa
- The Iowa Republican
Journalists' blogs and research
- 24-Hour Dorman
- Cedar Rapids Gazette government page
- Iowa Fiscal Partnership
- Iowa Policy Project
- Iowa Politics Insider
- Iowa Watchdog.org
- On Brief: Iowa's Appellate Blog
- On the Campaign Trail with Ed Tibbetts
- Newton Independent (Peter Hussmann)
- Politically Speaking
- Price of Politics, etc.
- O.Kay Henderson at Radio Iowa
Iowa Democrats
- Tom Harkin (U.S. Senator)
- Bruce Braley (IA-01)
- Dave Loebsack (IA-02)
- Iowa Democratic Party
- Iowa House Democrats
- Iowa Senate Democrats
Statistics


 
Powered by: SoapBlox