Tent State XII Roundtable Discussion | Student Debt

Tent State XII Roundtable Discussion:
The Rising Cost of Tuition and its Impact on Education feat. Dr. Andy Urban
Tuesday, April 22 at 2:00pm – 4:00pm in EDT
Rutgers University – Voorhees Mall
New Brunswick, New Jersey 0890

Come out for a discussion on how tuition has skyrocketed in recent years, why it matters for students and faculty, and what can be done to reverse the trend. This panel is part of Tent State University and will be out on the lawn behind Scott Hall on College Ave.

Featured on the panel:

Alexandre Martinho is a sophomore in the School of Arts and Sciences double majoring in English and Biology. His final project for the honors seminar “Grasping American Freedom” taught by Professor Urban was a blog focusing on the issue of rising tuition costs. His research included interviews with Rutgers students and faculty on how tuition costs have impacted their decisions in the classroom and in life. You can check it out here: http://ruhonors.wordpress.com/

Michael Denis is a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore majoring in political science and criminal justice. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the online magazine, The Jackass, a publication distributed by the Rutgers University Democrats which focuses on global and domestic politics and policies. He is formerly an opinions columnist for the Daily Targum, during which time he covered issues in domestic politics, with an emphasis on education policy and constitutional rights. Additionally, he is interested in the social and economic impacts of higher education policy. He is proudly native of Cleveland, Ohio.

Andy Urban is an Assistant Professor of American Studies and History at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. His forthcoming book, The Empire of the Home: Domestic Labor and the Political Economy of Servitude in the United States, 1850-1920 (NYU Press, 2015), explores how the production of American domesticity was governed through immigration policies, coordinated efforts to shape labor markets for servants, and by the cultural attitudes that positioned domestic labor in relationship to liberal, republican, and imperial forms of American citizenship and social membership.

This is an important event that is crucial to Tent State’s philosophy of education as a right. The workshop hopes to provide the space for an open dialogue.

Afterwards, people can participate in the oral history component to further the research. From 4-6 pm, everyone is encouraged to share their stories in room 309 in Murray Hall, the Plangere Culture Lab. How have the costs of rising tuition affected you? What does a more affordable or even free education look like as an alternative?

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