March 3, 2018

Featured Speaker

Kathy Cramer

"Responding to Resentment as our Best Civic Selves"

Katherine J. Cramer (B.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison 1994, Ph.D. University of Michigan 2000) is Director of the Morgridge Center for Public Service and a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is also an affiliate faculty member in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the LaFollette School of Public Affairs, the Elections Research Center, the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education, the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies, the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems and the Institute for Research on Poverty. Her work focuses on the way people in the United States make sense of politics and their place in it. She is known for her innovative approach to the study of public opinion, in which she invites herself into the conversations of groups of people to listen to the way they understand public affairs. Her  book, The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walkerexamines rural resentment toward cities and its implications for contemporary politics (University of Chicago Press, 2016). She has also published as Katherine Cramer Walsh and is the author of Talking about Race: Community Dialogues and the Politics of Difference (University of Chicago Press, 2007), Talking about Politics: Informal Groups and Social Identity in American Life (University of Chicago Press, 2004) and co-author of Democracy at Risk: How Political Choices Have Undermined Citizenship and What We Can Do About It with the members of the American Political Science Association’s Task Force on Civic Engagement and Civic Education, Stephen Macedo, Yvette M. Alex-Assensoh, Jeffrey M. Berry, Michael Brintnall, David E. Campbell, Luis Ricardo Fraga, Archon Fung, William A. Galston, Christopher F. Karpowitz, Margaret Levi, Meira Levinson, Keena Lipsitz, Richard G. Niemi, Robert D. Putnam, Wendy M. Rahn, Rob Reich, Robert R. Rodgers, Todd Swanstrom (Brookings, 2005). She is the recipient of the 2016 APSA Qualitative and Multi-Method Research Section Giovanni Sartori Award for the best book developing or using qualitative methods, the 2012 APSA Qualitative and Multi-Method Research Section Award for the best qualitative or multi-method submission to the American Political Science Review, a 2006 UW-Madison Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, a 2012-2014 UW-Madison Vilas Associate Award, a 2015-2018 UW-Madison Leon Epstein Faculty Fellowship Award, and a 2017-2022 UW-Madison Kellett Mid-Career Faculty Researcher Award.

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Public Affairs Speaker

Arvina Martin

Arvina Martin has dedicated her professional career to working to make a difference in whatever way she can, starting with the UW-Madison Office of Undergraduate Admissions where she served as the Native American recruiter.  She's worked with tribal communities, both through politics and directly with tribes, where she learned not only about writing effective policy, but also implementing those policies in a responsible and efficient manner. While working for the Department of Transportation, she facilitated government-to-government relationship between the state of Wisconsin and the state’s 11 federally recognized tribes.  Martin currently serves as the first Native American member of the Madison Common Council, representing District 11.  She is a graduate of Dartmouth College.

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Thanks to the Madison Public Library for compiling this list of resources for those who would like to read more on this topic.  

Berman, Ari. Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.

Cramer, Katherine J. The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker. Chicago; London: University of Chicago Press, 2016.

Gillibrand, Kirsten and Elizabeth Weil. Off the Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World. New York: Ballantine Books, 2014.

Hochschild, Arlie Russell. Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right. New York: The New Press, 2016.

Roth, Zachary. The Great Suppression: Voting Rights, Corporate Cash, and the Conservative Assault on Democracy. New York: Crown, 2016.

Self, Robert O. All in the Family: The Realignment of American Democracy Since the 1960s.  New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux , 2012.

Wang, Tova Andrea. The Politics of Voter Suppression: Defending and Expanding Americans’ Right to Vote. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2012

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