Created in 2007, the Paul Offner Lecture Series is sponsored by UW–Madison’s La Follette School of Public Affairs and the Washington, DC-based Urban Institute. The lecture series honors the late Paul Offner, whose left a legacy of applying good scholarship to public policy, especially for disadvantaged people.
Harry Holzer and Peter Edelman, coauthors with Offner of Reconnecting Disadvantaged Young Men (2006), were the first presenters in the lecture series. The book, which offers an array of policies to improve the lives of young people who are out of work and out of school, was published after Offner, a former Wisconsin state senator, died of cancer in 2004 at the age of 61.
2022: Anne Case, Emeritus Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton University, The Great Divide: Education, Despair & Death. Details.
2017: Katherine Baicker, Dean, University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, The Effect of Medicaid Spending, Health, and Well-Being: Evidence and Implications for Reform. *Video available upon request.
2016: Ron Haskins, Isabel Sawhill, and C. Eugene Steuerle (MA ’72, MS ’73, PhD ‘75), Improving Opportunities for Children, November 3, Urban Institute. Video
2014: Former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson (BA '60, JD '66), Madison. Video
2012: Former U.S. House Representative Steve Gunderson (BA '73). Video
2011: Former U.S. House Representative David Obey (BA '60, MA '68) of Wisconsin, Urban Institute. Video
2008: E.J. Dionne, columnist, The Washington Post
2007: Harry Holzer and Peter Edleman, authors of Reconnecting Disadvantaged Young Men with Paul Offner