Lunch Breakout Discussions

Over lunch, La Follette Forum attendees can participate in small, informal breakout discussions. Except for the online Gerrymanding session, lunch breakout discussions are only available in person.

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11:20 – 11:55 a.m.

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Inflation | Ballroom G

How does inflation affect households and businesses in Wisconsin?

Panelists:

  • Mike Knetter, President and CEO, Wisconsin Foundation & Alumni Association
  • Menzie Chinn, Professor of Public Affairs & Economics, UW–Madison

Climate change | Ballroom J

What challenges do climate change and energy issues pose for Wisconsin families and businesses?

Panelists:

  • Randy Romanski, Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection
  • Morgan Edwards, Assistant Professor of Public Affairs, UW–Madison

China & Taiwan | Ballroom I

Will China invade Taiwan and what are the possible outcomes?

Panelists:

  • Andrew Kydd, Professor of Political Science, UW–Madison
  • Jonathan Renshon, Associate Professor of Political Science, UW–Madison

U.S.-China economy | Ballroom H

How will the economic relationship between the U.S. and China evolve in the coming years?

Panelists:

  • Jay Nash, President, Madison International Trade Association
  • Tana Johnson, Associate Professor of Public Affairs & Political Science

Gerrymandering | Online Only

How does redistricting affect Wisconsin’s democracy?

Panelists:

  • Chris Ford, Chair, The People’s Maps Commission
  • Rob Yablon, Associate Professor of Law, UW Law School

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Media | Ballroom F

What is the role of the media in a state marked by profound political divisions?

Panelists:

  • Jessie Opoien, Capitol Bureau Chief, The Cap Times
  • David Haynes, Ideas Lab Editor, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • Lewis Friedland, Professor Emeritus of Journalism & Mass Communication, UW–Madison

12:10 – 12:45

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Remote work | Ballroom G

How has the pandemic affected workers and employers, and what does the future hold for Wisconsin’s economic development?

Panelists:

  • Missy Hughes, Secretary & CEO, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
  • Jason Fields, President & CEO, Madison Region Economic Partnership

Poverty | Ballroom J

Have inequality and poverty exacerbated the effects of the pandemic on Wisconsin residents?

Panelists:

  • Zach Brandon, Chamber President, Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce
  • Sarah Halpern-Meekin, Associate Professor of Public Affairs & of Human Development & Family Studies, UW–Madison

U.S.-China politics | Ballroom I

How do domestic politics in the U.S. and China affect each country’s approach to foreign policy?

Panelists:

  • John Ohnesorge, Professor of Law, UW Law School
  • Jon Pevehouse, Professor of Public Affairs & Political Science, UW–Madison
  • Reed Lei, Assistant Professor of Public Affairs & Political Science, UW–Madison

Russia & Ukraine | Ballroom H

From the point of view of the West, what are the most important issues at stake in Russia’s war on Ukraine?

Panelists:

  • Jessica Weeks, Professor of Political Science, UW–Madison
  • Yoshiko Herrera, Professor of Political Science, UW–Madison

Race | Ballroom E

What are some important issues related to race, civic conversation, and censorship?

Panelists:

  • Rachelle Winkle-Wagner, Professor of Education, UW–Madison
  • Kevin Lawrence Henry Jr., Assistant Professor of Education, UW–Madison

Elections | Ballroom F

How can we foster competence and stability in the election system?

Panelists:

  • Barry Burden, Professor of Political Science, UW–Madison
  • Kevin Kennedy, Former Director & General Counsel, Wisconsin Government Accountability Board
  • Maribeth Witzel-Behl, City Clerk, City of Madison