Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Politics

Cody Keenan, a speechwriter for President Barack Obama for more than a decade, will discuss Bending the Arc: A Career of Purpose and Life in the White House on Friday, September 29. Keenan also serves as Obama’s collaborator on the former president’s upcoming book.

A paper about the corporate tax base co-authored by Austin Frerick (MPA ’14) inspired the Iowa native to delve deeper into the issue of economic concentration in the United States. Further research prompted a return to his home state, where he launched a campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives this summer.

Former radio talk show host Charlie Sykes will discuss his upcoming book and much more during Conservatism in the Age of Trump on Monday, September 18 at UW-Madison's Discovery Building, 330 N. Orchard Street.

Keynote speakers Peter Hall of Harvard University and Gillian Tett of the Financial Times offered insights into the future of European integration and the political climate in the United States and abroad at the University of Wisconsin–Madison on April 6.

Two La Follette School alumni – Carolyn Clow and Bradley Campbell – are seeking election in their local communities. Clow is running for the McFarland Village Board, and Campbell hopes to join La Follette alumna Sara Eskrich on the Madison City Council.

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.

Jamelle Bouie, chief political correspondent for Slate magazine, often looks to the past to explain the present.

The day after state residents cast their ballots in April, writer in residence Jamelle Bouie will participate in a panel discussion on the UW-Madison campus about Wisconsin’s presidential primary election and the prospects for the general election in November.

When BJ Dernbach’s boss joined the Wisconsin Assembly’s Labor Committee, the La Follette School alum was thankful for the training he’d received in the building blocks he needs to quickly synthesize and summarize a lot of information about a policy topic in which he has no background.

Student Sara Eskrich won a seat on the Madison Common Council in the April 7 election.

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