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The Robert J. Lampman Memorial Lecture

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This lecture series was established in honor of Robert J. Lampman, a professor of economics at UW–Madison for over 30 years and founding director and guiding spirit of the Institute for Research on Poverty. The lecture, featuring eminent poverty scholars, is intended to address topics to which Lampman devoted his intellectual career: poverty and the distribution of income and wealth.

The Lampman Memorial Lecture for 2018:

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


Richard Rothstein

Research Associate, Economic Policy Institute

Friday, May 4, 2018
4:00–5:30 p.m., Wisconsin Idea Room, 159 School of Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall


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In this lecture, Richard Rothstein draws from his new book—a National Book Award finalist—exploring a history of how government policies have led to segregation. See Ta-Nehisi Coates interview Rothstein on C-Span.




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 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 Gifts and Contributions.