The 2018 Paul Offner Lecture will feature UW–Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank discussing How Universities Can Lead in Addressing Inequality. The presentation is Friday, November 9 at the Urban Institute, 2100 M Street, NW, 5th floor, Washington, DC.
Chancellor Blank serves on the faculty of the La Follette School of Public Affairs, which organizes the lecture with the Urban Institute. Registration and breakfast begins at 9 a.m., with the hour-long presentation to follow.
The 20th century growth of college-educated workers fueled U.S. economic growth; however, economic growth has lagged and benefits have become more unequal in recent decades. A college education has become more important for economic success, yet the economic gap between higher- and lower-skilled workers has widened political and social divides.
In opening remarks and in conversation with Urban Institute President Sarah Rosen Wartell, Chancellor Blank will speak about how universities can be more accessible to a diverse population of students and help them acquire a college degree.
The lecture series honors the late Paul Offner, a scholar, state legislator, congressional advisor, and educator who left a special legacy of applying solid, evidence-driven research to public policy solutions, especially for disadvantaged people.
Registration is required via this link.