La Follette Forum: American Power, Prosperity, and Democracy

The La Follette School will host its third La Follette Forum, funded by the Kohl Initiative, on Wednesday, May 4, 2022.

This event aims to bring together leading experts from academia, journalism, private industry and the public policy world to wrestle with three of the most serious challenges confronting the United States in decades:

  • The COVID-19 pandemic, economic crises, and the threats they pose to the future of American prosperity
  • The rise of China and the challenge it poses to the world order and the future of global American power and leadership
  • The rise of authoritarianism and the threat its poses to the future of American democracy

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

8:15 a.m to 7 p.m. CDT

Monona Terrace
1 John Nolan Drive, Madison, WI
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La Follette Forum 2022 Chair

Mark Copelovitch, Professor of Political Science and Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


  • Jamelle Bouie: Columnist, New York Times; Political Analyst, CBS News
  • Paul Blustein: Senior Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation
  • Oriana Skyler Mastro: Center Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University
  • Adam Posen: President, Peterson Institute for International Economics
  • Catherine Rampell: Opinion Columnist, Washington Post
  • Daniel Ziblatt, Eaton Professor of the Science of Government, Harvard University

More speakers to be announced soon!