Former Congressmen Tom Petri from Wisconsin’s 6th Congressional District and Dave Obey from Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District spoke to Rotary as part of their Civic Participation Lecture Series on advocacy without partisanship and the state of the current political landscape. This lecture series is supported by the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and the Wisconsin Humanities Council.
Due to technical difficulties, the first several minutes of the program was not recorded. The recording begins a few minutes into Congressman Obey’s opening remarks.
Rotarian John Franke, Partner with Gass Weber Mullins, will speak on “The Price of Political Speech & Campaign Finance Regulation.” John will discuss current Wisconsin campaign finance law, its Constitutional uncertainties, and the difficulties we face in regulating spending in the political arena. John was appointed to the Government Accountability Board (GAB) in June of last year. The GAB is responsible for the administration and enforcement of Wisconsin’s Election and Campaign Finance laws.
Darienne Driver, Superintendent for Milwaukee Public Schools, spoke to Rotary about the state of MPS.
Kathleen Sebelius, former United States Secretary of Health and Human Services, spoke on global health in a joint program with the Center for International Health as part of the Center’s Dr. John R. Petersen Annual Lectureship Series.
Alan Perlstein, Executive Director of the Mid-West Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC), shared M-WERC’s vision of making the Midwest the leading region in the United States for the energy, power and control industries, known worldwide for its leading-edge research and technology development in these areas. M-WERC represents one of America’s largest clusters of energy, power and control companies and educational and research institutions. M-WERC acts as a catalyst for growth through technology innovation, advanced research, market development, information sharing, workforce development, and strategic collaboration.
Rotarian Rob Henken, President of the Public Policy Forum, will discuss a pair of recently released Public Policy Forum reports on K-12 education in Milwaukee. The first provides a broad overview of Milwaukee’s education landscape, showing overall characteristics in terms of schools, students, teachers, types of schools, demographics, and academic achievement, and breaking down the data among public, private, and charter schools. The companion report shows how the current education landscape has changed in the past decade and how it compares with a group of “peer” cities. Henken will summarize the key data findings and comment on policy implications for school improvement efforts in Milwaukee.
Mark Mone, Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, talked about the University’s current and expanding partnerships with area business and community groups. The University’s School of Freshwater Sciences, School of Public Health, and Innovation Campus in Wauwatosa are uniquely positioned to help propel Milwaukee forward. Chancellor Mone also discussed how UWM is working with the city, state and region on economic development, addressing the looming talent pipeline shortage, and the impact of the state budget on the UW System and UWM.
Hannah Rosenthal, CEO and president of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, has spent her career successfully advocating for Jewish causes. With all that is going on in the world, especially what is happening in Europe, Hannah spoke about anti-Semitism. She has recently been appointed to the US Commission on International Religious Freedom and talked about religious freedom at large. As an agent for change, Hannah was responsible for a significant new approach to combating anti-Semitism in her most recent position with the State Department, and successfully led CFW through its transition into an advocacy organization. She is leading the reorganization of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation following the agency’s strategic reimagining process.
Kurt Bauer of Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce and Steve Lyons, spokesperson for the Wisconsin Contractor Coalition, participated in a forum on “Right to Work” in Wisconsin. Moderated by Rotarian Dave Haynes of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. This is a joint program with the Milwaukee Press Club. Due to a technical error, the first few seconds of the introduction by Steve Jagler of BizTimes Milwaukee were cut off.