Friends of the UW-Madison Libraries’ annual Douglas Schewe Lecture

March 18, 2016

Speaker Professor Kathy Cramer, Director Morgridge Center for Public Service

April 28th, 2016, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Varsity Hall II, Union South

Join the Friends for the annual Douglas Schewe Lecture with speaker Kathy Cramer, UW-Madison political science professor and Director of the Morgridge Center for Public Service. Professor Cramer has traveled throughout Wisconsin, listening to political opinions from across the spectrum in researching her book,Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker.

Through examining how place-based identities influence the ways in which people understand politics, The Politics of Resentment shows that rural resentment—no less than partisanship, race, or class—plays a major role in dividing America against itself. Professor Cramer will address these issues and more, all while emphasizing the importance of understanding and respecting opposing political ideas.

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About Kathy Cramer 


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. She is also an affiliate faculty member in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the LaFollette School of Public Affairs, the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Post-secondary Education, the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies, and the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems. 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.

She is also 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 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, and a 2015-2018 Leon Epstein Faculty Fellowship Award.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged. To register, contact the Friends office at (608)265-2505, or via our Contact Form