Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Monday, 04 November 2019 10:51

Mitch’s Witches fly away with trivia title

Presidential knowledge paid off big time for Mitch’s Witches at the La Follette School Student Association (LSSA) Fall 2019 Trivia Fundraiser. By knowing the first president born in a completely independent United States, the team of first-year students took first place in the 12-team competition at Giant Jones Brewing on Wednesday, Oct. 30.

Clare Malone, a senior political writer at FiveThirtyEight.com, is the fall 2019 Public Affairs Journalist in Residence at UW–Madison. During a public presentation Wednesday, October 2, Malone will discuss the coalitions that Democratic presidential candidates are courting to secure the party’s nomination, especially in the Midwest.

The Wisconsin Federal Statistical Research Data Center (WiscRDC) is hosting the annual RDC conference September 5 and 6 at the Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street. La Follette School Professor Jason Fletcher is executive director of WiscRDC.

Alumni, friends, students, faculty, and staff will gather Tuesday, September 3 for the La Follette School’s annual Hill Fest welcome picnic. Hill Fest will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on the beautiful La Follette grounds overlooking Lake Mendota at 1225 Observatory Drive.

In response to increasing out-of-pocket medical costs, Professor J. Michael Collins brought together various stakeholders May 16 to discuss the intersection of healthcare and financial capability. The workshop, Managing Out-of-Pocket Medical Expenses: How Well are Families Prepared for a World of High Deductibles, highlighted Collins’ survey of public employees with health plans through the Wisconsin Employee Trust Funds (ETF).

La Follette School Professor Jason Fletcher will present Molecular Me: Implications of the Genomics Revolution on Thursday, April 18 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The 90-minute presentation at the Mead Public Library begins at 7 p.m.

Imagine and Adapt: Possibilities in a Changing World is the theme for the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies’ Earth Day Conference. The daylong event on April 22 will explore the impact of climate change as well as innovative solutions for adapting to this new reality.

Bradley Hardy of American University will discuss the Kerner Commission Report, formally the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, Monday, March 11 at the Discovery Building, 330 N. Orchard St. President Lyndon Johnson created the commission in 1967 after four summers of racial unrest and violence in several major cities. The basic conclusion of the report, published in 1968, was, “Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white—separate and unequal.”

Individual tickets are now available for the La Follette School Student Association’s (LSSA) Trivia Night fundraiser Friday, March 1 at Brocach in downtown Madison. Proceeds will support New Student Visit Day and the Class of 2019's graduation.

A whirlwind trip to Washington, DC, gave 26 La Follette School students numerous opportunities to learn about working and living in the nation’s capital. Dozens of alumni also shared information with students about their careers and experiences during the school’s fourth La Follette in DC career development program since 2013. 

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