|When:||Mon, Sep 16, 2013 6:00 PM - Add to Calendar|
|Where:||Nazareth Student Center, Latour Room|
Dr. Joel Best, professor of sociology and criminal justice at the University of Delaware, will present a free, public lecture title "The Student Loan Messes: How Good Intentions Produced a $1 Trillion Problem."
It took 54 years (1958-2012) for total student loan debt to reach $1 trillion--more than the total amount Americans owe on their credit cards. The total will reach $2 trillion around 2020. How did we create this problem? Over the years, the public, press, and policymakers focused on particular aspects of student loans, while ignoring the larger problem. And what was ignored tended to become the next mess. In his lecture, Dr. Best will help you understand the larger problem so we can figure out how to stop making things worse.
Dr. Best is widely regarded as a leading scholar in the sociological study of social problems. He has published more than twenty books, including Threatened Children, Everyone's a Winner: Life in a Congratulatory Culture, Damned Lies and Statistics, and The Stupidity Epidemic.
This event is sponsored by Marywood's Social Sciences Department.