Visionary Activism: How to Get From Here to There

Dr. Deborah Turner
13 Feb 2024
7:00 PM
Great Hall, Memorial Union
  • Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics
  • Mary Louise Smith Chair in Politics
  • Committee on Lectures (funded by Student Government)
  • Political Science Department

Dr. Turner died on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024. The ISU Lectures Series sends its condolences to Dr. Turner's family and friends. The League of Women Voters issued a statement about her passing.

This event has been canceled. 

2024 Mary Louise Smith Chair

Deborah Turner, MD, JD, serves as the 20th president of the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS) and chair of the Board of Trustees of the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF). She was elected board president at the 55th National Convention of the League of Women Voters in June 2022 and will serve in this position until June 2024. 

Dr. Turner joined the Des Moines Metropolitan League in 2010 and became president in 2011 when the League was at risk of disbanding. She served in that role until 2015, helping revitalize membership and refocus the board leadership. At the same time, she also served on the LWV Iowa board as the state vice president from 2011 to 2015, becoming co-president in 2015. In her dual roles with state and local Leagues, Deborah has provided leadership to strengthen relationships between local leagues and the state Board.  

This lecture will be recorded and available to view within 24-36 hours after its conclusion on the Available Recordings page.