Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Wide-ranging topics planned for noon-hour seminar series

Menzie Chinn Menzie Chinn

The La Follette School of Public Affairs’ Spring Seminar Series will feature discussions on a wide range of topics, including educational outcomes, poverty, environmental policy, organizational leadership and economic inequality. The series, which begins January 27, is geared toward La Follette School students; however, others are welcome if space permits.

Most sessions are at the La Follette School, 1225 Observatory Drive, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. generally on Wednesdays during the spring semester. There is no cost to participate. Details are online

Professor Menzie Chinn will kick off the spring series with a discussion about the impact of the past seven years of unconventional monetary policy on the global economy and prospects as U.S. monetary policy is tightened. Chinn is coauthor with Jeffry Frieden of Lost Decades: The Making of America’s Debt Crisis and the Long Recovery.

The La Follette School is cosponsoring a special session Thursday, March 3 with the Institute for Research on Poverty and the Wisconsin HOPE Lab. Sue Dynarski of the University of Michigan will speak on "The Persistence of Poverty: Using Longitudinal Data to Understand Gaps in Educational Outcomes."

On Tuesday, April 26, the La Follette School is cosponsoring with the Center for Demography and Ecology and the Center for Demography of Health and Aging a presentation by Joseph Quinn of Boston College. Quinn will speak about "The New World of Retirement Income Security in America."

The seminars March 3 and April 26 begin at 12:15 p.m. in the Sewell Social Sciences Building.

For more information about these and other seminars, call 608-263-7657 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..