Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Friday, April 17, 2015

La Follette School and Marquette Law partner to present conference on urban men in poverty

MILWAUKEE – The UW-Madison La Follette School of Public Affairs, in partnership with Marquette University Law School, will sponsor a half-day conference titled "Urban Men in Poverty: Problems and Solutions" on Friday, April 24, at the Law School's Eckstein Hall, 1215 West Michigan Sreet, Milwaukee.

The situation of low-wage/low-income urban men has not been widely documented or discussed. What is known, or believed to be known, is that they are predominantly racial minorities; their incarceration rate is high; they have low levels of education and skills and face a worsened low-skill labor market; they are largely single; many are under court mandates for child support and are in arrears on payments; and many work largely off-the-books.

This half-day seminar will give an overview of the problem nationally, in Wisconsin and in Milwaukee. Particular focus will be on incarceration, child support and labor markets, with possible next steps outlined by a national expert on demonstration projects that have produced measurable and replicable results.

The conference will feature the following sessions:

  • Urban Men in Poverty: A National Overview: Professor Geoffrey Wallace, UW–Madison La Follette School
  • The Politics of Poverty in Wisconsin: Professor Charles Franklin, Marquette University Law School
  • Early Trauma and Employment: An Uneasy Relationship: Professor David Pate, UW–Milwaukee Department of Social Work
  • The Effects of Incarceration on Neighborhoods: Professor Mike Massoglia, UW–Madison Department of Sociology
  • Can We Improve the Employment Prospects of Disadvantaged Men?: Professor Harry Holzer, Georgetown University

The event is at capacity for members of the general public, although a waiting list has been established. For those who are unable to attend, a webcast of the event will be available. Details are available online.

For more information, contact La Follette School Outreach Director Terry Shelton at (608) 262-3038 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..