The Department of History and Political Science started the Institute of Politics and Public Service (IPPS) because we believe in the words of President John F. Kennedy, "politics matters."  Our mission is to engage students in public affairs by providing them with opportunities to meet with political leaders, activists, academics, and those involved in the policymaking process.  Our goal is to bring students into personal contact with the moral, personal and policy sides of public affairs.  We do this by hosting off-campus and on-campus events, including seminars, dinners, and lectures.