Mar 8 Tue 6pm/6.30-8pm Century Foundation and NYU Wagner 295 Lafayette St Debate: Public College Should Be Free

Brooklyn College CUNY – beautiful and very soon free? Brooklyn College was always meant to be beautiful, right from its beginnings in the 1930s. The original design called for classical, Georgian-style buildings to be constructed on 26 acres, along with a lily pond, gardens and grassy quadrangles planted with elm trees. The classrooms, lecture halls, art studios and science laboratories were built to be the best in the country. Recently acquired property will expand the campus to 35 acres

NYU Wagner and The Century Foundation invite you to Debates of the Century @NYU Wagner, a public debate series showcasing thoughtful, informed dialogue from experts on the most vital national policy issues. The topic of the first debate is “Public college should be free.”

As the demand for a better-educated workforce increases, so does the cost of a diploma. Should we re-examine the American system of public post-secondary education, so that tuition could be free?

For the motion: Sara Goldrick-Rab, Professor at the U. of Wisconsin-Madison, and Founding Director at the Wisconsin HOPE Lab

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Sara Goldrick-Rab sees no reason why she should not speak her mind regardless of right wing push back

Sara Goldrick-Rab sees no reason why she should not speak her mind regardless of right wing push back

UW-Madison professor Sara Goldrick-Rab is shown with her treat-loving cat, name Pell (as in the college financial aid grant), at her home in Stoughton.


Against the motion: Richard Vedder, Director of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity

Richard Vedder argues against free college, or does he?

Richard K. Vedder studies higher education financing, labor economics, immigration, government fiscal policy and income inequality. A distinguished professor of economics at Ohio University, he is the author of several books, including Going Broke by Degree, and The Wal-Mart Revolution: How Big Box Stores Benefit Consumers, Workers, and the Economy (with Wendell Cox). Dr. Vedder earned his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Illinois.


Moderated by: Melissa Harris-Perry, Maya Angelou Presidential Chair and Director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center at Wake Forest University, and author of Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America

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