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April 5, 2016 - Panel Discussion: Is Congress Still Relevant? presented by LaFollette School of Public Affairs

As trust in all levels of government continues to decline, the La Follette School of Public Affairs welcomes former U.S. Rep. David Obey and three other Congressional experts to UW-Madison on Tuesday, April 5.

Mickey Edwards, Thomas Mann, Norman Ornstein, and Obey will discuss "Is Congress Still Relevant" from 1 to 3 p.m. in Varsity Hall of Union South. Katherine Gehl, a member of the La Follette School's Board of Visitors, will moderate the discussion.
 
The panelists will discuss political gridlock, extreme party loyalty and partisanship, the rise of money in politics, and other issues that have eroded public confidence in Congress, in elected officials and in political processes.
 
"With our nation more divided politically than in recent history, the La Follette School welcomes this opportunity to provide a thoughtful and informed discussion about governance and public policy," said La Follette School Director Susan Webb Yackee. "This program reflects the La Follette School's commitment to public service and to nonpartisan research and teaching, and we look forward to this engaging conversation."
 
Obey represented Wisconsin in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1969 to 2011 and serves as a senior fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service (WIPPS), which is co-sponsoring the event.
 
Edwards, who served alongside Obey for 16 years as a Republican from Oklahoma, is the vice president and director of the Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership, and Mann is a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution and a resident scholar at the University of California-Beckley Institute of International Studies. Ornstein is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.
 
WIPPS is a nonpartisan statewide organization connected to the UW Colleges and UW-Extension that organizes and implements programs to educate, inform, and engage people and communities throughout Wisconsin.
 
The event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are encouraged but not required via email to Outreach Specialist Bridget Pirsch by April 1.
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The Division of International Studies is an Institutional Member of MCFR.  It is led by Dean and Vice Provost Guido Podestá and plays a central role in engaging with faculty, staff, students, and alumni to strategically internationalize the University of Wisconsin–Madison.  Through partnerships, special initiatives and development activities, the Division of International Studies seeks to advance international teaching and research and the education of global citizens in every school and college to help to ensure UW–Madison’s position as a world-class public research university.


International Professionals is a network of professionals in Greater Madison's international community dedicated to building strong social ties and profitable business networks.


MITA is comprised of international sales and marketing executives from South-central Wisconsin companies. It provides a forum to discuss practical issues with peers who have faced and surmounted similar problems.


Engaging in activities such as history, politics, art, music, the environment, language, economics, etc. are all possibilities for the Madison International Travel Meetup Group. Let's embrace the many things this world has to offer us here in Madison!


Global Wisconsin is designed to encourage school districts to develop programs focused on the importance of understanding cultural differences and issues, and the impact it will have on students' future success. Global Wisconsin makes the case that international education is both essential to students and easily integrated into current teaching practices.

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