IPR@50 Anniversary Conference

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IPR@50: The Next 50 Years of Policy Research
Thursday, June 6–Friday, June 7, 2019 
Hardin Hall, Rebecca Crown Center
633 Clark St., Evanston Campus


Keynote Address by Matthew Desmond
Thursday, June 6, 2019 | 4:30–5:45 p.m.
McCormick Foundation Center Forum
1870 Campus Drive, Evanston Campus

Register here by May 31 to attend

"While many things have changed since our founding as an urban research institute in the social and political turmoil of 1968–69, our mission at Northwestern’s Institute for Policy Research has not: We conduct rigorous social science research and disseminate our findings widely. IPR’s brand of interdisciplinary research is as needed today as it was in 1968, and our award-winning faculty researchers continue to forge ahead, exemplifying our motto of 'Research Excellence. Policy Impact.' We have planned an exciting conference to celebrate our 50th, and I would like to thank IPR political scientist Laurel Harbridge-Yong and IPR labor and education economist Kirabo Jackson and the IPR faculty committee for organizing it. 
                                                                                             —IPR Director Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach

IPR@50 is a year-long celebration that will involve public lectures by IPR faculty, former PhD students, and others that will culminate in a two-day conference on June 6–7, 2019. IPR’s 50th anniversary offers a unique moment to take stock of what we know about key research areas, to look at how IPR research has contributed to that knowledge base, and to chart a course for studying it in the years to come.
Read more about IPR's history and view timelines here.

Conference Schedule

Thursday, June 6

Neighborhood Inequality: What Does the Research Tell Us?  |  1:00–2:30 p.m.

Causes and Consequences of Government Spending  |  2:45–4:00 p.m.

Evictions in America - IPR@50 Distinguished Public Policy Lecture  |  4:30–5:45 p.m.

McCormick Foundation Center Forum, 1870 Campus Drive

Friday, June 7

Community Partnerships Produce Better Services and Research  |  9:00–10:15 a.m.

  • Lori Beaman, Associate Professor of Economics and IPR Fellow
  • Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, Frances Willard Professor of Human Development and Social Policy, Vice Provost for Academics, and IPR Fellow
  • David Figlio, Orrington Lunt Professor, Dean of the School of Education and Social Policy, and IPR Fellow
  • Penny Bender Sebring, Co-Founder and Senior Research Associate, University of Chicago Consortium
    on School Research
  • Paul Goren, Superintendent, Evanston/Skokie School District 65 (Moderator)

Breakthroughs in Policy Measurement  |  10:30–11:45 a.m.

From Cells to Society: How Experience Becomes Biology  |  12:45–2:00 p.m.

  • Edith Chen, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Chair, Professor of Psychology, and IPR Fellow
  • Christopher Kuzawa, Professor of Anthropology and IPR Fellow
  • Thomas McDade, Carlos Montezuma Professor of Anthropology and IPR Fellow
  • Greg Miller, Louis W. Menk Professor of Psychology and IPR Fellow (Moderator)

American Democracy and Its Discontents: What Ails Our Politics and What to Do About It | 2:15-3:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks and IPR Founders' Reception | Following the end of the conference

Space is limited. Register online by May 31.