Kohl-funded Election 2020 events draw hundreds, continue in coming weeks

Hundreds of people from across the country participated in the first three events of the La Follette School series Election 2020: A Spotlight on Policy. More than 250 people also are registered for the next event in the series, Politics and Policy with Maggie Haberman of The New York Times on Thursday, Oct. 29.

The three panel discussions featured 11 La Follette School faculty members. Director and Professor Susan Webb Yackee moderated two Town Halls which were co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Alumni Association, and drew over 300 attendees. In partnership with WisPolitics, the La Follette School drew 125 people to Swing State Wisconsin: The Major Issues for Voters this November. Videos of all events are available online, and hundreds of additional viewers have watched the panel discussions.

Major funding for the Election 2020 series was provided by the La Follette School’s Kohl Initiative.

“The Kohl Initiative is allowing the La Follette School to showcase our outstanding faculty members and their research on critical public policy topics,” said Yackee. “These and other Kohl-funded events extend the reach and impact of these scholars and the La Follette School. We are extremely grateful to Senator Kohl for his generous gift.”

Professor Greg Nemet also participated in the Cap Times Idea Fest Session How Should Wisconsin Leaders Tackle Climate Change. “A lot of things are moving in the right direction, and I don’t think a lot of people get that,” said Nemet, whose book How Solar Energy Became Cheap was published in 2019.

Looking ahead to the final events in the Election 2020 series, the La Follette School is presenting a discussion of Patrick J. Lucey: A Lasting Legacy, a new book by Professor Emeritus Dennis Dresang. The Nov. 12 event is co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press and will include former Wisconsin Govs. Jim Doyle and Scott McCallum. Details and registration are online.

La Follette School Associate Professor Christine Durrance also is participating in a WisPolitics discussion about the US Supreme Court and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) at noon that same day. Details about and registration for this event are coming soon.