Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Thursday, February 2, 2012

Discussion to explore Wisconsin Idea

The Wisconsin Idea will be explored at a seminar at the La Follette School on Tuesday, February 7, from noon to 1 p.m. in the conference room.

La Follette student Katherine Sydor and Educational Leadership and Public Policy doctoral student Gwen Drury will give a short presentation on the origin and evolution of the Wisconsin Idea concept and how it might be used to shape the future of the university and society. They then will lead a discussion about how the Wisconsin Idea connects to the mission of the La Follette School.

The session is one of many events on campus marking the 100th anniversary of the Wisconsin Idea, the emphasis on the university serving the entire state and the more focused role of experts providing assistance to state policymakers.

Sydor is a second-year student who has worked in Washington, D.C., for former U.S. Representative Dave Obey of Wisconsin and then freshman U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon. She is president of the La Follette School Student Association and a project assistantship with the University of Wisconsin–Madison Center for Nonprofits. Drury's area of interest is organizational theory, and her dissertation research is on the role of place in the development of social capital.