Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Kohl Initiative

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.

Katharine Wilkinson, co-founder of The All We Can Save Project, will give the opening keynote address during the La Follette School’s second annual policy forum supported by the Kohl Initiative. The daylong climate policy conference Wednesday, October 6 is free, although online registration is required.

For the 2021–22 academic year, the La Follette School’s Undergraduate Certificate in Public Policy program will increase its enrollment to more than 200 students.

Friday, January 22, 2021

Bazan, Shaffer join School staff

Ann Shaffer and Page Bazan have joined the La Follette School’s Outreach Team. They will play important roles in the School’s efforts to elevate its state and national prominence and reputation for policy research and engagement through the Kohl Initiative.

Seven UW–Madison undergraduate students received certificates in public policy from the La Follette School along with their bachelor’s degrees in December 2020.

Former Govs. Scott McCallum and Jim Doyle joined Professor Emeritus Dennis Dresang for a discussion Nov. 12 about the late Patrick J. Lucey, Wisconsin’s 38th governor, and his impact on the state. Video of the event, featuring introductory remarks by University of Wisconsin System President and former Gov. Tommy G. Thompson, is online.

As the United States faces its most serious challenges in recent history, UW–Madison’s La Follette School of Public Affairs is offering a series of livestreamed events leading up to the Nov. 3 election.

Like everyone across the globe, Dr. Allison Couture (MPA ’20) had her world turned upside down when COVID-19 struck. However, Couture had a unique vantage point: as a master’s degree student at the La Follette School of Public Affairs and as a practicing doctor.  

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