Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

The La Follette School Seminar Series engages participants in discussion of a range of public policy issues and showcases the research of faculty from the La Follette School, other UW-Madison departments, and outside the UW-Madison community. Faculty, students, and visitors take part in lively dialogue about topics such as poverty and welfare, health, education, international affairs, trade and finance, and the environment. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Unless otherwise noted, all presentations are from 11 a.m. to noon at the La Follette School of Public Affairs, 1225 Observatory Drive, and there is no cost to attend. Click here for a printable PDF with the complete schedule. Please check back periodically for the most current information.

Spring 2017

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Quality Measurement in Israeli Health Care: Technical Tools in Health System Context
David Chinitz, a professor of health policy and management in the School of Public Health at Hebrew University and Hadassah in Jerusalem, will discuss his paper about measuring and reporting the quality of health care, which has become an assumed feature of health systems around the world. His paper shows only sporadic knowledge about the impact of quality-measurement programs and even less about how such tools are integrated into the culture of health care delivery organizations. Chinitz will offer comparisons to quality measurement in the United States.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Beyond Incarceration: Criminal Justice Contact and Mental Health
Kristin Turney, Department of Sociology, University of California, Irvine

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Sebastian Jilke, Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration, Newark, N.J.

February 21, 2017
Local Ordinances Designed to Control Payday Lending
Robert N. Mayer, Department of Family and Consumer Studies, University of Utah, Salt Lake City

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Elizabeth Linos, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Alasdair Roberts, Truman School of Public Affairs, University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Oliver James, University of Exeter, UK

Thursday, April 6, 2017
La Follette School Spring Symposium - Europe in Crisis: Finance, Migration, Brexit, and the Future of the European Union, Discovery Building

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Andrew Rice, Education Analytics

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Sharon Gilad, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
David Evans, World Bank

Past Seminars