Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

One of the La Follette School’s most visible outreach activities is its annual symposium on a public policy issue of interest to campus and community members alike. Generally held each spring, the symposium features high-profile scholars on topics ranging from government efficiency to family financial security.

For one week each semester, the La Follette School also partners with the School of Journalism and Mass Communication to host a Public Affairs Writer in Residence. The writers, including Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists as well as up-and-coming reporters, speak with students, faculty, and community members during classes and public discussions.

In addition, the La Follette School and the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C., present a lecture series in memory of former Wisconsin State Senator Paul Offner. Speakers have backgrounds and careers in government, research, and education – similar to Offner’s experiences.