Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Events

Nearly 300 policymakers, practitioners, community leaders, and researchers attended the second annual La Follette Forum on October 6 in Madison. The daylong event on climate policy featured two keynote presentations, six panel discussions, and numerous networking opportunities. It was the La Follette School’s first hybrid conference, with attendees joining in person and online.

Jon Leibowitz, chair of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) from 2009 to 2013, will serve as the La Follette School’s first Policymaker in Residence in October. Leibowitz received his bachelor’s degree in American history from UW–Madison and his doctor of law degree from the New York University School of Law.

Four La Follette School alumni will be featured as panelists at the La Follette Forum: Climate Policy on Wednesday, Oct. 6. The daylong conference also brings a diversity of voices, including youth, to one of the most important issues across the globe.

The La Follette School is hosting writer and commentator David Brooks on Wednesday, October 27. Free general-admission tickets for the presentation, Policy and Politics with David Brooks, are available via the Memorial Union Box Office.

In the mood for a little public policy over lunch? Join La Follette School professors Christine Durrance, Greg Nemet, Morgan Edwards, and Philipp Koellinger for their noon-time virtual talks this August, sponsored by Badger Talks LIVE.

Friday, June 11, 2021

Thank You, Alumni!

To all our alumni who participated in Alumni Connections 2021 – THANK YOU! While the pandemic kept us socially distanced, the La Follette School hosted three events this spring to bring alumni together virtually for the very first time in the School’s history.

 

La Follette School Director Susan Webb Yackee will moderate a livestreamed panel discussion about the 2021–2023 state budget at noon Friday, May 7. State Sens. Joe Erpenbach and Dale Kooyenga will participate along with Jason Stein, research director at the Wisconsin Policy Forum.

The La Follette School’s first all-virtual alumni reunion is less than a month away! Alumni from 1975 through 2018 already have registered for the hour-long event on Thursday, May 13.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

WWIG gala features Notorious RBG authors

Wisconsin Women in Government’s first virtual Scholarship and Recognition Gala will feature Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik, authors of Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The April 14 gala begins at 5:30 p.m. CT., and tickets are available online

As the Spring 2021 Public Affairs Journalist in Residence, Amy Westervelt will discuss the news media’s role in the fossil fuel industry’s efforts to block climate action and obscure climate science. Westervelt’s presentation, Widening the Circle of Accountability: Media & the Climate Debate, will be livestreamed at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 21.

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