Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: La Follette Forum

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.

La Follette School Professor Mark Copelovitch was named director of UW–Madison’s Center for European Studies for the 2021–22 academic year.

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.

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.

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.

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.  

What a difference a year has made – 10 exceptional faculty, 19 outstanding certificate program graduates, 350 dedicated health policy leaders, three enthusiastic staff, and so much more. Simply put, the La Follette School of Public Affairs at UW–Madison is experiencing the most extensive growth in its 37-year history. 

Nearly one year ago, the La Follette School received the largest gift in School history – a $10 million donation from former US Sen. Herb Kohl known as the Kohl Initiative. Sen. Kohl’s generosity already has had a tremendous impact on the La Follette School, the UW–Madison campus, and the broader community.

The La Follette School’s legislative outreach efforts were going strong right up until Gov. Tony Evers’ stay-at-home order on March 24, 2020. By that date, 50 of the 132 Wisconsin legislative offices had participated in at least one event such as the Family Impact Seminar, Office Hours at the Capitol, or La Follette Forum on Health Policy, or engaged in personal meetings.