University of Wisconsin–Madison

The Robert J. Lampman Memorial Lecture

Robert Lampman

This annual lecture honors the life’s work of Robert J. Lampman, a professor of economics at UW–Madison for over 30 years and IRP’s founder and guiding spirit. The lecture features eminent poverty scholars discussing their research on the topics to which Lampman devoted his intellectual career: poverty, the distribution of income and wealth, and related public policy. The lecture is held on the UW-Madison campus and is open to the public. Videos and transcripts of past lectures, as well as the opportunity to donate to the Robert J. Lampman Memorial Fund are available on this website.


2020 Lampman Memorial Lecture - Cancelled

This event has been cancelled.

Child Poverty, the War on Poverty, and the Long-Run Effects of the Social Safety Net

Hilary Hoynes

Professor of Public Policy and Economics and Haas Distinguished Chair in Economic Disparities, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California Berkeley

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
4:00–5:30 pm
Union South, check TITU
1308 W. Dayton Street
Madison, WI 53706

Reception to follow the lecture.
Hilary Hoynes

2019 Lampman Memorial Lecture

Poverty, Criminal Justice, and Social Justice

Bruce Western

Bryce Professor of Sociology and Social Justice and Co-Director of the Justice Lab
Columbia University

Presented Thursday, April 25, 2019

Bruce Western
Bruce Western

2018 Lampman Memorial Lecture

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

Richard Rothstein

Research Associate, Economic Policy Institute
Senior Fellow, Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy, University of California, Berkeley

Presented Friday, May 4, 2018

In this lecture, Richard Rothstein draws from his  new book—a National Book Award finalist—exploring a history of how U.S. government policies have led to segregation.

For more information see Ta-Nehisi Coates interview Rothstein on C-Span.

Richard Rothstein

Robert J. Lampman Memorial Fund

A memorial has been established by the Lampman family with the help of the University of Wisconsin Foundation to support this lecture series. The lecture series, organized by IRP in cooperation with the UW–Madison Department of Economics, offers a special opportunity to maintain and nurture interest in poverty research among the academic community and members of the public. Contributions to the fund are welcome, to ensure continuation of the lectures. The Institute can accept donations through a secure online giving form provided by the UW Foundation. The form will be pre-filled with information necessary to direct your gift to the Robert J. Lampman Memorial Fund. For more information on how to contribute to IRP please see Make a Gift.