One of the key ways in which IPR disseminates its faculty research is through its events. Events are held throughout the year, with most taking place over the academic year. Some are co-sponsored with different departments and schools across the University, in addition to student and other policy research organizations.  

All events, unless otherwise stated, are free of charge and open to the public. You can sign up for notification of IPR events here.

Upcoming Events
February 27, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
IPR Colloquium: David Figlio, Paola Sapienza, and Morton Schapiro - Student Course Performance and Future Course-taking: Differences by Gender, Race, and Ethnicity

"Student Course Performance and Future Course-taking: Differences by Gender, Race, and Ethnicity"

by David Figlio, Orrington Lunt Professor of Education and Social Policy and IPR Fellow

Paola Sapienza, Donald C. Clark/HSBC Chair in Consumer Finance Professor, Kellogg and IPR Associate

Morton Schapiro, President, Professor, and IPR Fellow, Northwestern University

This is part of the IPR Fay Lomax Cook Monday Colloquia Series.

March 6, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
IPR Colloquium: Laurie Zoloth - May We Make the World? Gene Drives and the Radical Ethics of Malaria Eradication

“May We Make the World? Gene Drives and the Radical Ethics of Malaria Eradication”

by Laurie Zoloth, Charles McCormick Deering Professor of Teaching Excellence, Professor of Religious Studies, Bioethics, and Medical Humanities, and IPR Associate


This is part of the IPR Fay Lomax Cook Monday Colloquia Series.

May 5, 2017
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Chicago Area Political and Social Behavior Workshop

Organized by James Druckman, Payson S. Wild Professor of Political Science and IPR Associate Director and Fellow

Larry Bartels, May Werthan Shayne Chair of Public Policy and Social Science and Co-Director, Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, Vanderbilt University
Chloe Thurston, Assistant Professor of Political Science and IPR Associate, Northwestern University
Michael Wagner, Associate Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Cara Wong, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Colloquium Series

Each year IPR organizes more than 30 academic talks, which feature research by IPR faculty and other faculty from Northwestern and other universities. The formats vary between 60 and 90 minutes, with time included for Q&A. Its five series are:

IPR Fay Lomax Cook Monday Colloquia

IPR’s signature, interdisciplinary colloquium series, which takes place on Mondays from noon to 1 p.m. Speakers are typically IPR fellows or associates discussing their latest policy-relevant research. Organizer: David Figlio

C2S Colloquia

This occasional series brings together social, life, and biomedical scientists who examine how broad social, racial/ethnic, and economic disparities "get under the skin" and affect human development and physical health. Organizer: Thomas McDade

Q-Center Colloquia

This series is designed to showcase and promote discussion of methodological innovation across disciplines. Four to five are held over the academic year, usually on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Organizer: Larry Hedges

Series on Performance Measurement and Rewards

Speakers examine how good performance is measured in areas such as education, healthcare, policing, courts, and charities—in search of common problems and solutions. They are held in fall and spring, usually on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Organizer: Burton Weisbrod

Applied Micro and Labor & Education Policy Seminar Series

This series, joint with Northwestern’s Department of Economics, generally takes place on Thursdays from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. The applied economists tackle myriad subjects in education, developmental economics, social policy, and other areas. Organizer: Lee Lockwood

You can sign up to be notified of these series and other events here.

Key Policy-Relevant Events

In addition to its colloquia, IPR also organizes conferences, fora, symposia, and talks. Two of IPR’s biggest annual policy-relevant events are its:

  • Distinguished Public Policy Lectures that provide insights from experts whose careers are characterized by exceptional scholarship and service in the public policy arena
  • Policy Research Briefings, which bring together leading experts to present and discuss their policy-relevant research and how it can help address current social issues

Workshops and Training

IPR also organizes workshops, training, and academic conferences throughout the year. Below are a few of these recurring events:

Undergraduate Policy-Oriented Organizations

IPR is also very pleased to work with Northwestern undergraduate organizations that have an interest in policy studies and research. They are:

Event Co-Sponsorship Requests

IPR does sponsor events, mostly in conjunction with Northwestern University schools, departments, and organizations. If you are interested in requesting co-sponsorship of an event, please e-mail Patricia Reese and include a description of the event, the dates, and any requests for funding or use of IPR resources.