UW Madison Presents Real Issues. Real Experts.

Beyond Health: The Social Impacts of COVID-19

September 30 - 7:00PM - 8:30PM
Online, tune in from anywhere!

As the U.S. presidential election approaches, it often seems like the real issues get buried amid sound bites and campaign promises. Join us from the comfort of your own home for three Real Town Halls, where nationally renowned experts from the UW will discuss key issues in a livestreamed series of moderated panels and audience Q&A sessions.

This series is free, but registration is required to get the access link. You may register for one, two, or all three events.

Moderator: Susan Webb Yackee — director of the La Follette School of Public Affairs

  • J. Michael Collins — professor of public affairs and human ecology, Fetzer Family Chair in Consumer and Personal Finance
  • Jason Fletcher MA’03, MS’05, PhD’06 — professor of public affairs and sociology, director of the Center for Demography and Aging, director of the Wisconsin Research Data Center
  • Denia Garcia — assistant professor of public affairs
  • Sarah Halpern-Meekin — associate professor of human development, family studies, and public affairs

Moderator and Speakers

Susan Webb Yackee is the director of the La Follette School of Public Affairs. Her research and teaching interests include the U.S. public policymaking process, public management, regulation, administrative law, and interest group politics. Yackee has published articles in a number of journals.

J. Michael Collins is a professor of public affairs and human ecology, and he is the Fetzer Family Chair in Consumer and Personal Finance. He studies consumer decision-making in the financial marketplace, including the role of public policy in influencing credit, savings and investment choices. He is involved in studies of household finance and well-being supported by leading foundations and federal agencies. Collins brings nearly a decade of applied experience to his research.

Jason Fletcher MA’03, MS’05, PhD’06 is a professor public affairs and sociology. He focuses his research on examining social network effects on health outcomes, combining genetics and social science research, and evaluating the impacts of health policies. His book (with Dalton Conley)–The Genome Factor: What the Social Genomics Revolution Reveals About Ourselves, Our History and Our Future–was published by Princeton University Press. He is the Director of the Center for Demography of Health and Aging at UW.

Denia Garcia is an assistant professor of public affairs. Her work examines the role of space and organizations in shaping how inequalities are experienced and reproduced. Garcia also studies participatory budgeting, race, and skin color in the United States and Latin America, and access to public benefits among urban families using quantitative methods.

Sarah Halpern-Meekin is an associate professor of human development, family studies, and public affairs. She is a sociologist who uses qualitative and quantitative methods to study romantic relationships and low-income families’ finances, as well as government policies directed at both of these areas. Her current research includes examining how social poverty—or lacking adequate relational resources—shapes people’s wellbeing and decisions.

This series is presented by the Wisconsin Alumni Association in partnership with the La Follette School of Public Affairs and the Elections Research Center.

The Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin–Madison is a highly ranked program that offers domestic and international degrees in public management and policy analysis. Its strength derives from its core faculty and broader group of faculty affiliates who are part of the internationally renowned social science departments at UW–Madison. Members of the program’s faculty have international reputations in their academic disciplines and have spent the greater part of their careers working on problems of public policy and governance.

The Elections Research Center fosters cutting-edge academic analysis of national and state elections to further the scholarly understanding of factors that influence voter decision-making and election outcomes. It continues a long tradition of excellence in elections-related study at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Questions? Email Stephanie Wallace ’05 or call 608-308-5528.

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