May 2, 2020

Featured Speakers


Charles Franklin
“Wisconsin’s Role in the 2020 Presidential Race”

Charles Franklin is a professor of Law and Public Policy at Marquette University Law School, where he directs the Marquette Law School Poll. The Marquette Law School poll is widely cited as one of the most reliable polls in the nation. Since it began in 2012, the poll has been cited in over 10,000 news articles and more than 25 hours of television news coverage. In 2005, Franklin co-founded, an award-winning website for the analysis of polling data. He was professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for 22 years before leaving to join the Marquette Law School. In addition, since 2002, he has been a member of the ABC News election night Decision Desk.

Ruth Conniff
“The Results of the Wisconsin Primary and the Importance of a Free Press”

Ruth Conniff is Editor-in-chief of the Wisconsin Examiner. She formerly served as Editor-in-chief of The Progressive Magazine, and opened the Progressive’s office in Washington, DC, during the Clinton Administration, where she made her debut as a political pundit on CNN’s Capital Gang Sunday and Fox News. She moved to Oaxaca, Mexico, for a year in 2017, where she covered U.S./Mexico relations, the migrant caravan, and Mexico’s efforts to grapple with Donald Trump. Conniff is a frequent guest on All in with Chris Hayes on MSNBC and has appeared on Good Morning America, Democracy Now!, Wisconsin Public Radio, and other radio and television programs. She has also written for The Nation, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times, among other publications. Conniff graduated from Yale University in 1990, where she ran track and edited the campus magazine The New Journal.

Youth Grants

 Applications for Youth Grant awards are accepted throughout the season. Please see our Youth Grants page for application and deadline information.


Recommended reading list (courtesy of the Madison Public Library)

Galea, Sandro. Well: What We Need to Talk about When We Talk about Health. New York: Oxford University Press, 2019

McCraw, David Edward. Truth in our Times: Inside the Fight to Save Press Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts. New York: All Points Books, 2019.

Noorani, Ali. There Goes the Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration. Amherst, New York: Prometheus Books, 2017.

Spitzer, Robert J. Guns across America: Reconciling Gun Rules and Rights. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015

Temin, Peter. The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 2017.

Ward, Stephen J. A. Ethical Journalism in a Populist Age: The Democratically Engaged Journalist. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2019


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