The success and survival of Milwaukee lies in the rivers that meander through its streets and the great lake at its shore. The area’s earliest inhabitants recognized the value of an abundant, clean water supply for food and transportation. Settlers, shipbuilders, and city leaders used the same waters to travel greater distances, power million-dollar industries, and even have a bit of fun. Milwaukee historian and writer John Gurda will present on his book Milwaukee: A City Built on Water. This book expands on his popular Milwaukee Public Television documentary, relating the mucky history of the waters that gave Milwaukee life—and occasionally threatened the city through erosion, invasive species, and water-borne diseases.
Austin Ramirez, Husco International’s chief executive, said that recent and proposed tariff increases would immediately put Husco and other American manufacturers at a disadvantage to competitors abroad. The trade situation remains both ominous and volatile with no resolution in sight. How have the tariffs impacted Husco’s business? How is Husco dealing with the increasing uncertainly of international trade markets?
Austin Ramirez is the second-generation President and CEO of Husco International, a global engineering and manufacturing company. During his tenure as CEO, the company has grown more than 300% and been recognized as Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year. In 2016 he moved to Washington, DC to serve one year as a White House Fellow on the National Economic Council of both the Trump and Obama administrations.
Joe Cirincione, author, MSNBC contributor and president of the global security foundation Ploughshares Fund, is one of the country’s foremost experts on nuclear threats and nuclear policy. He will discuss the risk of nuclear war today, focused on three interrelated regional issues: war in the Middle East given mounting tensions between the US and Iran; war with North Korea should nascent negotiations fail; and nuclear war triggered by miscalculation or intent as nations rebuild their arsenals and create nuclear weapons they believe will be more usable in conflicts.
Sheba Crocker is CARE USA’s Vice President for Humanitarian Programs & Policy. Sheba provides overall leadership and strategic guidance for CARE USA’s emergency and humanitarian operations, programs, and policy. She will discuss the United Nations’ enduring relevance in a time of global shifts.
We will partner with the Milwaukee Press Club for a joint program featuring the candidates in the Wisconsin Attorney General race. Democrat Josh Kaul, a Madison attorney, is challenging incumbent Attorney General Brad Schimel, a Republican who has held the office since 2014. Steve Walters, Senior Producer of WisconsinEye, will moderate the discussion.
Last October, we participated in the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s On The Table Initiative. 140 Rotarians and 80 guests were randomly assigned to 30 tables at our Rotary luncheon.
We synthesized the notes from the conversations and boiled it down to one statement:
We should foster stronger, connected communities and neighborhoods.
So, let’s pick up where we left off—let’s explore the concept of fostering stronger, connected communities and neighborhoods, in particular in the Johnsons Park area. Let’s model, Connecting People and Resources Together for Common Good by participating in On the Table again on Tuesday, October 9th, 2018.
So how will October 9th work? There will be no formal podium speaker; everyone will have the chance to participate in thought-provoking discussions about the Johnsons Park neighborhood. We plan to invite community members from the Johnsons Park neighborhood to join in on the conversations.
We will partner with the Milwaukee Press Club to present a joint program featuring U.S. Senate Candidate Leah Vukmir.
We will partner with the Milwaukee Press Club to present a joint program featuring Gubernatorial Candidate Tony Evers. Evers will share his vision on how to build a better Wisconsin—what’s best for our kids is what’s best for Wisconsin.
Though politics often is described as the art of compromise, what exactly might that mean for voting decisions in the forthcoming November elections? Working out of the Christian ethical tradition, which is applicable regardless of religious or secular affiliation, Fr. James Bretzke, S.J. outlines general moral principles to help guide our participation in civic society, including casting our ballots in accord with a well-formed, conscience-based choices. This discernment recognizes that all issues do not carry the same moral weight and considers not just political affiliation, but also a particular candidate’s commitments, character, integrity, and ability to influence the political arena.
Professor Bobbi Wolfe will discuss what we are learning regarding how poverty influences a child’s brain, the tools used and the potential for informing policy. She will discuss her own research and the emerging research in neuroscience and poverty more broadly. The goal of this research is to inform public policy to improve opportunities for children in low-income families. With funding from the Herb Kohl Public Service Research Competition, Wolfe and colleague, Professor Seth Pollak, brought 15 national leaders in neuroscience, poverty, and public policy to Milwaukee in September 2017. Bobbi Wolfe is the Richard A. Easterlin Professor of Economics, Population Health Sciences, and Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is also an affiliate of UW-Madison’s Institute for Research on Poverty.