Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Monday, October 24, 2016

Offner Lecture to focus on children Nov. 3 in D.C.

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Distinguished scholars Ron Haskins, Isabel Sawhill, and C. Eugene Steuerle (MA ’72, MS ’73, PhD ‘75) will discuss Improving Opportunities for Children during the 2016 Paul Offner Lecture on Thursday, November 3.

The lecture is sponsored by the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C. It honors the late Paul Offner, who served in both houses of the Wisconsin Legislature and was a consultant at the Urban Institute at the time of his death in 2004.

Watch live

The Urban Institute will be live-streaming Thursday's Offner Lecture, Improving Opportunities for Children, with Ron Haskins, Isabel Sawhill, and C. Eugene Steuerle. Click here

Haskins and Sawhill are senior fellows of economic studies at the Brookings Institution, where Haskins also serves as co-director of the Center on Children and Families. In May, Haskins and Sawhill received the 2016 Daniel Patrick Moynihan Prize from the American Academy of Political and Social Science. They were honored for their decades-long work across traditional partisan lines and their use of evidence-based research when offering public policy solutions.

Steuerle, a fellow at the Urban Institute, received his master’s degree in public policy and administration in 1972 from UW-Madison’s Center for the Study of Public Policy and Administration, a La Follette School predecessor. In 1975, he earned a doctorate in economics from UW–Madison. He is the author, co-author, or co-editor of 18 books and publishes The Government We Deserve, a public policy blog.

The presenters will share their recent work and recommendations for the next U.S. president on how evidence can be used to improve opportunities for children, especially the least-advantaged, by encouraging and rewarding education, work, and family stability. They will discuss policies and programs with strong evidence of effectiveness and programs that appear to be cost-effective. The scholars also will discuss child tax credits, child care, paid family leave, and other proposals receiving attention during the presidential campaign.

Nisha Patel, executive director of the U.S. Partnership on Mobility from Poverty at the Urban Institute, will moderate the discussion at the Urban Institute, 2100 M Street NW, 5th floor, Washington, D.C. Lunch will be served at noon, and the 90-minute program will begin at 12:30 p.m. Online registration is required. The event also will be live-streamed.  

Twenty La Follette School students will attend the Offner Lecture as part of a two-day career development program, which includes a reception with alumni and friends at Clyde’s of Gallery Place, 707 7th Street NW. Although not required, RSVPs are requested via email to Senior Outreach Specialist This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..