Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

The La Follette School’s showcase event is its Spring Symposium, which brings innovative research to UW–Madison and the broader community. The symposia provide high-quality, nonpartisan information that is necessary to build better public policies.

Featuring highly regarded speakers, these outreach programs serve as an intellectual space for public engagement on some of the most critical issues in local communities and across the state, nation, and world – exemplifying the Wisconsin Idea.

Symposia formats include public lectures, policy forums, and interactive discussions with scholars, researchers, and other subject-matter experts. For many symposia, the La Follette School partners with on- and off-campus entities.

Integration or Disintegration? The Future of Global Governance and the Global Economy (2019)
Emerging Policy Implications from Neuroscience, Genetics, and the Microbiome (2018)
Europe in Crisis: The Future of the EU and Trans-Atlantic Relations (2017)
Governance in Trouble (2016)
Urban Men and Poverty: Problems and Solutions (2015)
Getting More Bang for Your Buck: Improving Government Efficiency (2014)
What’s Next for the ACA (2013)
The Wisconsin Idea at 100: Making the Link to Policy (2012)
Long-Term Unemployment in Industrial Countries: Causes, Consequences and Policy Responses (2011)
Modern-Day Slavery, human trafficking (2010) 
From Sandbags to Sanity: The Policy Implications of the Midwest Floods of 2008