IRP Seminars

IRP Seminar Series, 2014–2015

IRP seminars cross disciplinary boundaries to bring the latest research by top poverty scholars on and off campus to the Institute. They take place on Thursdays, from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m., in room 8417 Social Science Building (unless otherwise noted), and are open to the public.

New seminar dates will be added as seminars are confirmed.

In 2014–2015, IRP will feature the following seminar series:

Promising Programs to Reduce Intergenerational Transmission of Poverty
The Promising Programs to Reduce Intergenerational Transmission of Poverty seminar series features speakers from a variety of disciplines who assess current research and policy solutions and highlight key research and policy challenges for reducing the "cycle of poverty," whereby economic disadvantage appears to be passed across generations. The series is designed to concentrate interest and create opportunities for exchange across a broad range of disciplines and to engage key poverty researchers from other institutions.

National Poverty Fellows Program

The speakers in this new seminar series were awarded fellowships from the National Poverty Fellows Program, a federal government-university partnership that seeks to build the capacity of researchers to conduct high-quality policy-relevant research on poverty and inequality in the United States, and to contribute to the effective use of research and scientific knowledge in the formation of public policy. The fellows are in residence in Washington, DC, where they conduct research and analysis, and also receive academic mentoring from IRP affiliates.

Meet the New IRP Affiliate
At the heart of IRP lies the poverty research of our campus-wide and national network of research affiliates and staff researchers. IRP affiliates maintain a substantial connection to the research, mentoring, and dissemination activities of the Institute. The Meet the New IRP Affiliate seminar series provides an opportunity for poverty researchers who recently joined the ranks of IRP affiliates to introduce themselves and their research interests to the community and to present some of their recent work.

IRP Visiting Scholars
The Visiting Scholar seminar series features visitors from one of IRP's three Visiting Scholar Programs. The first program, initiated in 1998 with support that continues today from the UW–Madison, brings scholars from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups to the Institute for one- to two-week stays. The second program is for researchers interested in food assistance and is part of IRP's partnership with the USDA to serve as the RIDGE Center for National Food and Nutrition Assistance Research. And the third program is for a broad range of faculty, researchers, and policy analysts who are hosted by IRP for limited or longer-term stays.

New Perspectives in Social Policy
The annual New Perspectives in Social Policy seminar series seeks to reach beyond familiar and well-explored fields of poverty research, to challenge accepted paradigms, and to open paths to new research models and methodologies. In 2006, then-IRP Director Maria Cancian launched the series to mark the Institute's 40th anniversary.

RIDGE Food Assistance Research
IRP launched the RIDGE Food Assistance Research seminar series in 2010 in its role as the RIDGE Center for National Food and Nutrition Assistance Research. The Center serves as a focal point for stimulating new and innovative research related to food assistance programs, a hub for mentoring and training of researchers interested in food assistance and related issues, and a source of timely and accessible information on new research findings.

IRP General Poverty Research
This seminar series is wide-ranging, featuring poverty studies scholars who represent a range of disciplines and whose work examines issues that lie at the heart of the poverty problem and efforts to address it.

IRP Seminar Calendar, Fall 2014

September 4, 2014
IRP General Poverty Research Seminar Series
Capital in the Twenty-First Century: A Review Essay
Steven Durlauf, Kenneth J. Arrow Professor of Economics, University of Wisconsin–Madison, coauthored with Lawrence E. Blume
 
September 11, 2014
IRP General Poverty Research Seminar Series
The Determinants of Racial Differences in Parenting Practices: Evidence from the Civil Rights Era
Owen Thompson, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
 
September 18, 2014
Promising Programs to Reduce Intergenerational Transmission of Poverty Seminar Series
Optimal Preschool Policies for Low-Income Children
Greg Duncan, Distinguished Professor, University of California, Irvine
Cosponsored with Interdisciplinary Training Program in the Education Sciences
 
September 25, 2014
IRP General Poverty Research Seminar Series
Does Genotype Bias Estimations of the Intergenerational Transmission of Educational Attainment?
Dalton Conley, University Professor, New York University
Cosponsored with Center for Demography of Health and Aging
 
October 2, 2014
National Poverty Fellows Program Seminar Series
The Formative Years, Economic Hardship, and Support for Antipoverty Policy
Colin Campbell, IRP-ASPE-OPRE National Poverty Fellow, (ASPE)
 
October 9, 2014
Promising Programs to Reduce Intergenerational Transmission of Poverty Seminar Series
How the Brain Reflects Parents' SES and Consequences for Schooling Attainment
Barbara Wolfe, Richard A. Easterlin Professor of Public Affairs, Economics, and Population Health Sciences; and Seth Pollak, Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Professor of Anthropology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin–Madison
 
October 16, 2014
Meet the New IRP Affiliate Seminar Series
Seeking Relief? The Case of Consumer Bankruptcy and Later-Life Health Outcomes
Fenaba Addo, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin–Madison
 
October 23, 2014
IRP General Poverty Research Seminar Series
Is there Age Discrimination in Hiring?
David Neumark, Chancellor's Professor of Economics and Director, Center for Economics & Public Policy, University of California, Irvine
 
October 30, 2014
RIDGE Food Assistance Research Seminar Series
Moving Beyond Can Drives and Farmers' Markets to Improve Food Security and Public Health
Darcy Freedman, Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University, and IRP RIDGE Visiting Scholar
 
November 13, 2014
Meet the New IRP Affiliate Seminar Series
What Does Wisconsin's BadgerCare Program Tell Us about Health Care Reform?
Donna Friedsam, Health Policy Programs Director, UW Population Health Institute, University of Wisconsin–Madison
[Presentation available in PDF format]
 
November 20, 2014
National Poverty Fellows Program Seminar Series
School Quality Moderates the Impacts of a Conditional Cash Transfer Program on High School Students: Evidence from an Experimental Evaluation in New York City
Sharon Wolf, IRP-ASPE-OPRE National Poverty Fellow, (ASPE)
 
December 4, 2014
IRP General Poverty Research Seminar Series
The Land of Opportunity? New Evidence on Social Mobility in the U.S. from Administrative Data
David B. Grusky, Barbara Kimball Browning Professor, and Director, Center on Poverty and Inequality, Stanford University
 
December 11, 2014
Promising Programs to Reduce Intergenerational Transmission of Poverty Seminar Series
The Path from Poverty to School Success: Identity-Based Motivation
Daphna Rachel Oyserman, Dean's Professor of Psychology, Professor of Education and of Communication, and Co-Director of the Dornsife Center for Mind and Society, University of Southern California
 

IRP Seminar Calendar, Spring 2015

January 22, 2015
Meet the New IRP Affiliate Seminar Series
In Search of 'A Better Life': Low-Income Black Parents' Migration Motivations & Experiences in Suburban Community and School Contexts
Linn Posey Maddox, Assistant Professor of Educational Policy Studies, University of Wisconsin–Madison
 
Friday, January 23, 2015
3:30-5:00 pm, 1255 H.F. DeLuca Forum, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, 330 N. Orchard Street
Public Lecture
On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City
Alice Goffman, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Presented in partnership with: Institute for Legal Studies, Department of Sociology, and Department of Geography.
Video of lecture available through Wisconsin Public Television
 
January 29, 2015
IRP General Poverty Research Seminar Series
Are Street-Level Bureaucrats Born or Made? An Analysis of Police Officer and Welfare Caseworker Socialization
Zachary Oberfield, Assistant Professor, Haverford College
 
February 5, 2015 - Cancelled
IRP Visiting Scholars Seminar Series
Life After Prison: A Qualitative Understanding of Community Reintegration and Extreme Poverty
Pamela Valera, Assistant Professor, Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University
 
February 12, 2015
National Poverty Fellows Program Seminar Series
Are Employers Omniscient? Employer Learning About Cognitive and Noncognitive Skills
Melinda Petre, IRP-ASPE-OPRE National Poverty Fellow, (OPRE)
 
February 19, 2015
New Perspectives in Social Policy Seminar Series
Food Insecurity, Resistance, and the Quest for Environmental Justice in Communities of Color
Dorceta Taylor, Professor of Environmental Sociology, University of Michigan
Reception following lecture
 
February 26, 2015
IRP General Poverty Research Seminar Series
Alleviating Food Insecurity in the United States: What We Know and What We Need to Know
Craig Gundersen, Soybean Industry Endowed Professor of Agricultural Strategy, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
 
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
4:00-5:30 pm, 1255 H.F. DeLuca Forum, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, 330 N. Orchard Street
Robert J. Lampman Memorial Lecture
Improving Equality of Opportunity in America: New Evidence and Policy Lessons
Raj Chetty, Bloomberg Professor of Economics, Harvard Univesity
PowerPoint Presentation | Video available on the IRP YouTube Channel
 
March 5, 2015
National Poverty Fellows Program Seminar Series
Examining the Effects of Home Energy Assistance for Low-Income Families
Shomon Shamsuddin, IRP-ASPE-OPRE National Poverty Fellow, (OPRE)
 

March 12, 2015
12:15-1:30 p.m., Wisconsin Idea Room, Education Building
The live webcast has been cancelled. Please attend in person if you can or watch the recording, which will be available on this website.

Public Discussion
Is President Obama's American College Promise Initiative Worthy of Support?

Professors Sara Goldrick-Rab and Steven Durlauf will discuss President Obama's plan to offer free tuition for two years at community college for students. More info

Cosponsored by IRP, the Wisconsin Hope Lab, and WISCAPE
Video of event on the IRP YouTube Channel | Transcript of video
Presentations available in PDF format: Sara Goldrick-Rab | Steven Durlauf

 
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
12:15-1:30 pm, 3470 Sewell Social Sciences
IRP Visiting Scholars Seminar Series
Life After Prison: A Qualitative Understanding of Community Reintegration and Extreme Poverty
Pamela Valera, Assistant Professor, Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University
 
March 19, 2015
Promising Programs to Reduce Intergenerational Transmission of Poverty Seminar Series
Poverty, the Environment, and Child Well-Being: Lead Exposure in Early Childhood and Educational Outcomes
Anna Aizer, Associate Professor of Economics & Public Policy, Brown University
 
March 26, 2015
IRP Visiting Scholars Seminar Series
The Symptoms of Inequality: Biosocial Links between Discrimination and African American Health
Bridget Goosby, Happold Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
 
April 2, 2015: No Seminar  
April 9, 2015
Promising Programs to Reduce Intergenerational Transmission of Poverty Seminar Series
The Long Shadow: Family Background, Disadvantaged Urban Youth, and the Transition to Adulthood
Karl Alexander, Research Professor of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University
 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
3:00–4:30 p.m., Wisconsin Idea Room, 159 School of Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall
Public Discussion
What Would It Take to Cut Poverty in Half in the United States?

David Riemer, Julie Kerksick, and Conor Williams of Milwaukee-based Community Advocates Public Policy Institute (CA-PPI) will present a work-based policy package they developed and explain the details of this policy package and discuss findings, including those of an independent analysis by the Urban Institute showing that the policies would reduce the U.S. poverty rate by 50 percent or more as measured by a model based on the Supplemental Poverty Measure. More info

Cosponsored by IRP and Community Advocates
 
April 16, 2015
IRP General Poverty Research Seminar Series
Competition in the Promised Land: Black Migrants in Northern Cities and Labor Markets
Leah Boustan, Associate Professor, University of California, Los Angeles
Cosponsored with Department of Economics
PowerPoint Presentation | Video available on the IRP YouTube Channel
 
April 23, 2015
Promising Programs to Reduce Intergenerational Transmission of Poverty Seminar Series
Experimental Evidence on Distributional Impacts of Head Start
Hilary Hoynes, Professor of Public Policy and Economics, Haas Distinguished Chair in Economic Disparities, University of California, Berkeley
 
April 30, 2015: No Seminar  
May 7, 2015 - Cancelled
RIDGE Food Assistance Research Seminar Series
Local Government in 140 Characters
Jonathan Schwabish, Senior Research Associate, The Urban Institute
 

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