Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Wisconsin Idea

The Wisconsin Ideas Conference is back for its second year, bringing students interested in government and public policy a unique opportunity to publish and refine their ideas, participate in lively discussions, and earn scholarships. Applications for the conference, April 12–14 at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, are due Saturday, January 26 at 11:59 p.m. (CST).

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.  

A diverse group of more than 30 state lawmakers, legislative staff members, legislative service agency analysts, and staff from the Governor’s office attended the second Office Hours at the Capitol – presented by the Wisconsin Family Impact Seminars and the La Follette School – on Wednesday, May 16.

La Follette School Professor Susan Yackee and Associate Director Hilary Shager will lead two of the five panel discussions at the opening conference of the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

La Follette School Professor Pam Herd presented her winning proposal in AARP’s Policy Innovation Challenge during a forum convened by the National Academy of Social Insurance and AARP on October 19. The day-long event in Washington, D.C., explored new ideas in Social Security policy.

La Follette School Professor Jason Fletcher will discuss his pioneering research that explores the integration of sociology and genetics – sometimes called socio-genomics – in Green Bay on October 24 and in Madison on November 5.

La Follette School Professor Pam Herd will discuss the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS), a long-term examination of a random sample of 10,317 people who graduated from Wisconsin high schools in 1957, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 26 at UW–Madison’s Discovery Building. Herd is principal investigator of the WLS and director of the Center for Demography of Health and Aging (CDHA) at UW–Madison.

More than 60 people attended each of four recent Town Hall meetings on key election issues with University of Wisconsin–Madison faculty members. The meetings in Appleton, Madison, Milwaukee, and suburban St. Paul, Minnesota, were sponsored by UW–Madison’s La Follette School of Public Affairs and Department of Political Science along with the Wisconsin Alumni Association.

From “Brexit” to U.S. presidential candidates talking about immigration, from the latest job reports to the latest dip in oil prices, every event that makes the headlines carries an economic impact, and a blog co-authored by a UW-Madison professor analyzes and contextualizes these newsworthy happenings.

The La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin–Madison awarded funding for five projects through the Herb Kohl Public Service Research Competition. Earlier this year, former U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl pledged $300,000 annually for five years to support nonpartisan research that informs critical public policy and governance debates and advances evidence-based decision-making.

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