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President Schapiro to discuss student debt

How debt affects learning and choice of majors among topics of discussion
  • President Schapiro and Buffet Institute director featured at May 10 event
  • The free moderated discussion will take place at Evanston Public Library
  • To discuss granting of loans in relation to the benefits of an educated society

EVANSTON - Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro and Bruce Carruthers, director of Northwestern’s Buffett Institute for Global Studies, will talk about the role of student loan debt in the contemporary university next week in Evanston. 

The moderated discussion will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. May 10 at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave.

Among the topics of discussion, President Schapiro and Carruthers will talk about the effects of debt accrual on students’ learning experiences and choices of majors, as well as how those choices are affected by rates of return on degrees in different majors. They also will discuss how the public benefit of producing an educated society should impact the way student loans are granted and managed. 

Part of the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities Debt Dialogue Series, the event is free and open to the public.

Casey Caldwell, a Ph.D. student in the department of English and a Kaplan Institute Franke Fellow, will moderate the discussion “Student Debt in the American University: A Conversation with Morton Schapiro and Bruce Carruthers.” A short question and answer period with President Schapiro and Carruthers will follow.

President Morton Schapiro

President Morton Schapiro is a leading economist and an expert on the economics of higher education. He teaches economics to undergraduate students every year and is a prolific author of seven books and more than 100 articles primarily focused on access to higher education and financial aid.

Access and inclusion are major priorities for President Schapiro, who helped raise considerable funds for financial aid and has dedicated additional institutional funds toward that purpose at Northwestern.

Bruce Carruthers

Bruce Carruthers is the John D. MacArthur Chair and Professor of Sociology and the director of the Buffett Institute for Global Studies at Northwestern. Among his current research projects, he studies the historical evolution of credit as a problem in the sociology of trust.

Alice Kaplan Institute for Humanities 2016-17 Debt Dialogue Series

The event is co-presented by the Buffett Institute for Global Studies and the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities. It is the final event in the Institute’s 2016-17 Debt Dialogue Series. The year-long series asks the question, “What does it mean to be indebted – politically, economically, artistically or ethically?” Conducted in partnership with 33 departments across Northwestern, the series features 22 conversations with scholars and artists exploring debt through an interdisciplinary lens.