Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Faculty presenting at Seminar Series, across campus

Several visiting scholars will join La Follette School faculty members as presenters during the fall 2016 Seminar Series. Participants engage in discussion of a range of public policy issues during the seminars – generally on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to noon at the La Follette School, 1225 Observatory Drive.

Julian Christensen, a PhD fellow at Aarhus University in Denmark, will discuss How Biased Reasoning Can Distort Decision-Makers’ Learning from Performance Information on September 27, followed by a discussion about diversity and inclusion on October 4.

One week after the 2016 presidential election, the presenter will be David Weigel, a national reporter for the Washington Post and UW–Madison’s fall 2016 public affairs writer in residence. A list of the fall 2016 Seminar Series is on the La Follette School website.

Several La Follette School faculty members and faculty affiliates also will share their expertise during presentations across campus this fall, including the Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) seminar series, the Center for Demography and Ecology Seminar (DemSem) Series, and FORWARD? The Wisconsin Idea, Past and Present – a new undergraduate seminar and public lecture series that examines the UW’s relationship with the people of the state.

Assistant Professor Rourke O’Brien will present Disparate Impact: Race, Gender, and the Use of Credit Reports in Hiring for the DemSem on September 20 as well as Inequality and Taxation: Evidence from the U.S. States, 1980-2010, for the IRP seminar December 8. Assistant Professor Yang Wang will discuss the Effects of Higher EITC Payments on Children’s Health, Quality of Home Environment, and Non-Cognitive Skills for the September 22 IRP seminar.

The 15-week FORWARD series, includes an October 25 presentation by La Follette School faculty affiliate Kathy Cramer, who will discuss The Politics of Resentment.