One year later: How is local law enforcement evolving?


Moderator: Abigail Becker
Panelist: Shon Barnes
Panelist: Keith Findley
Panelist: Brandi Grayson
Panelist: Sarah Henrickson

A year after nationwide calls for justice for people of color disproportionately targeted by law enforcement, the Madison Police Department implemented a Civilian Oversight Board, began the process of hiring an independent police monitor and is preparing to launch the city’s first mobile unit of unarmed first responders and mental health providers. At the same time, the department has a new chief at the helm. Are they meeting their goals, and — more importantly — those of the community they serve?

Other Sessions

How immigration is transforming rural Wisconsin

Sept. 12, 3:00 p.m.
Ruth Conniff, Christine Neumann-Ortiz, John Rosenow, Roberto Tecpile
Many don’t realize it, but in the last 20 years the workforce that does the day-to-day work on Wisconsin dairy farms has come to be dominated by Latino immigrants. Wisconsin Examiner Editor-in-chief Ruth Conniff has published a new book about this cross-cultural relationship and she will speak in this session with a longtime farmer, one of his employees and a leading advocate for Latino workers.
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How do we deal with pandemic fatigue?

Sept. 13, 3:00 p.m.
Natalie Yahr, Dominique Brossard, Ajay Sethi
COVID-19 case counts continue to remain troublingly high at the same time that public tolerance for continued restrictions has plummeted. Two UW-Madison experts in epidemiology and health communication will talk about finding the balance between public safety and political reality, and how best to communicate that information to the public.
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Is Wisconsin a climate change haven?

Sept. 15, 11:00 a.m.
Alexandra Tempus, Daryl Fairweather, Mrill Ingram, Larry Larson
Migration driven by climate change is already happening in the United States and is only likely to accelerate. The upper Midwest and Wisconsin in particular are sometimes identified as climate change havens, removed from rising coastal waters and ravaging wildfires. Is that an accurate assessment, and if so what does that mean for us here? Listen to a fascinating panel discuss how things might play out in the coming decades.
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