Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

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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.


This past spring, the La Follette School launched Elevating Equity in Policymaking and hosted two outstanding alumni. Theola Carter (MA ’91) and Frances Huntley-Cooper (MA ’94) shared brief information about their careers in public service and answered questions from students.

Thirty-seven alumni, including several from the recently added Class of 2021, participated in the La Follette School’s first all-virtual alumni reunion May 13.

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.

Want to spend a fun and interesting 45 minutes with some amazing La Follette School professors? Tune into 1050 Bascom, the Department of Political Science podcast produced by Director of Undergraduate Engagement Amy Gangl and hosted by students Adam Wigger and Sam Buisman.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Jacob Pankratz, MPA

Working as a teacher in a tribal school on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation during the Standing Rock pipeline protests made me aware of the issues in intertribal relations, specifically the lack of concern from those in power of the issues facing Indian country. Seeing my community being ignored by government spurred me on to work in government to change this.

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.

Nearly 2,200 people have watched The Future of Politics and Policies with La Follette School Director and Professor Susan Webb Yackee, which was livestreamed Tuesday, January 12. Video of the event is on the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association (WFAA) YouTube channel.

La Follette School Director and Professor Susan Webb Yackee will participate in a UW Now livestream event Tuesday, January 12 at 7 p.m. Central time. Faculty affiliates David Canon and Ryan Owens will join Yackee for a discussion about the future of American politics and policy.

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.

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