Programs & Events Prior to 2007
As the vision of a statewide institute for public policy and service located on the University of Wisconsin-Marathon County campus grew, prior to the organization’s emergence in 2008, its founders recognized that programming would be a key part of the WIPPS mission. To realize its programming goals, WIPPS collaborated with established UWMC programs such as the Global Issues Forum. In 2006, the Forum's first year, Islamic scholar Reza Aslan presented a discussion on nationhood, religion, and secular Islam, called "No God But God." Building on this UWMC tradition, WIPPS partnered again with the campus in 2007 to sponsor the second year of the Global Issues Forum, which featured a panel presentation called "The War in Iraq: Where Do We Go From Here?" WIPPS also began its partnership with Kids Voting USA, working together locally on the Hmong Voter project.. WIPPS and UWMC also received the first of three Wisconsin Humanities Council grant awards to sponsor a year long series of programming called “Affluenza,” based on the popular book by de Graff, Wynn, and Naylor that was chosen for the UWMC and Marathon County Public Library Shared Reading.