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Wisconsin Idea Symposium: Principled Partnerships for the Public Good

The Wisconsin Idea Symposium: Principled Partnerships for the Public Good
Friday, November 11, 2011
8:00 am-12:30 pm
Union South, Varsity Hall 3
Cost: $10.00

Register here.

The 2011 Wisconsin Idea Symposium is designed to engage staff, faculty and students in new understandings of the Wisconsin Idea that can advance our individual and institutional approaches to outreach and community engagement.

  • Remarks by Chancellor David Ward, University of Minnesota associate professor David Weerts, and UW-Madison associate professor Katherine Cramer Walsh (bios below)
  •  Research & current insights on the emergence and contemporary practice of the Wisconsin Idea, current challenges and future possibilities
  •  Facilitated discussions for participants to consider implications for their outreach & engagement practice and begin to craft a vision for the future of the Wisconsin Idea
  •  Juried poster session showcasing exemplary community-university partnerships (proposals due 9/30; submit at·
  •  Wisconsin Idea story booth available on-site for attendees wishing to record their stories of community engagement·
  • Pre-event study groups on 10/14 and 11/4 (contact to register)

Breakfast and morning refreshments provided.  For more information, contact Sharon Younkin or 262-4204 or Katherine Loving at at 263-5714.

Organized by the Community Partnerships and Outreach (CPO) Staff Network, with support from the Division of Continuing Studies, the Office of Human Resource Development, the School of Library and Information Studies, the School of Medicine and Public Health, University Health Services and the Office of University Relations.

David Weerts (B.S. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, M.S. & Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison) is an associate professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development and co-director of the Jandris Center for Innovative Higher Education at the University of Minnesota.  His areas of interest are higher education finance, institutional advancement, community engagement and organizational theory.  His work as both practitioner and scholar has focused on helping colleges and universities build strategic alliances with external partners to the mutual benefit of institutions and the constituencies they serve.

Katherine Cramer Walsh (B.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ph.D. University of Michigan) is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at UW-Madison. She is also affiliate professor of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, affiliate professor of the LaFollette Institute for Public Affairs, and faculty director of the Wisconsin public opinion survey, the UW Survey Center Badger Poll. Her primary research and teaching interests include public opinion, political communication, civic engagement, and deliberative democracy.