Iowa Public Television will preview “Caucus Iowa: Journey to the Presidency,” its upcoming historical documentary on the Iowa caucuses, Nov. 17, on the Wartburg College campus.

The free event begins at 11:30 a.m. in the McCaskey Lyceum of the Saemann Student Center.

Wartburg academic leaders and political experts will participate in a related panel discussion analyzing the 2016 caucus cycle as well as Iowa’s role in launching the presidential campaign every four years.

Panelists for the discussion include:

Dr. Fred Waldstein, professor of political science and director of Wartburg’s Institute for Leadership Education

Curtis T. Brundy, Wartburg College librarian and Vogel Library director

Chris Larimer, associate professor of political science at the University of Northern Iowa

Ron Steele, KWWL-TV anchor and reporter


Travis Graven, a Wartburg College alumnus and producer and director of political programming at Iowa Public Television, will lead the discussion.

The program includes a ten-minute video preview of “Caucus Iowa: Journey to the Presidency.” The full documentary will premiere on Iowa Public Television Jan. 4, and shows how Iowa became the political epicenter and launching pad for the world’s most powerful position: president of the United States.

A year in the making, the documentary includes material gathered from the Archives of Iowa Broadcasting, a special collection of the Wartburg Archives at Vogel Library. This will be the first time this footage has been digitized and used for historical documentary purposes.

The documentary also includes recent interviews with political leaders on their memories of campaigning in Iowa.


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