Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Friday, August 31, 2018

La Follette faculty to lead Town Hall discussions on health, social policy

La Follette faculty to lead Town Hall discussions on health, social policy

The La Follette School of Public Affairs and Department of Political Science at UW–Madison along with the Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA) are hosting a series of Real Town Hall events in preparation for the 2018 midterm elections.  

La Follette School Director and Professor Susan Yackee will moderate panel discussions in Madison on September 20 and in Milwaukee on October 11. Professor John Zumbrunnen, chair of the Department of Political Science, will lead discussions in Green Bay on September 12 and St. Paul, Minnesota, on October 10.

Each Town Hall begins with registration at 6 p.m., followed by a moderated program at 6:30, question-and-answer session, and reception. The cost is $10 per person, which includes light refreshments. Online registration is recommended.

The Madison Town Hall – at One Alumni Place, 650 N. Lake St. – will focus on health policy and legislative issues surrounding health care. La Follette School faculty on the panel will be Lindsay Jacobs, Rourke O’Brien, and Dave Weimer. Participants should enter through Alumni Park.

The Milwaukee Town Hall – the University Club, 924 E. Wells St. – will focus on the role that social policy plays in reducing poverty and promoting economic security. La Follette School faculty on the panel will be Tim Smeeding, Geoffrey Wallace, and Yang Wang.

At the Neville Public Museum in Green Bay, Andy Kydd, professor of international relations and political methodology, and Eunsook Jung, director of international programs, will discuss foreign affairs. Professors Barry Burden (American politics and political methodology), Ken Mayer (American politics), and Young Mie Kim (media and politics) will discuss political polarization and elections at the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul.