The College Issue and a Discussion on Student Debt

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To mark the launch of the College Issue, we’re co-hosting an event this Thursday on how to confront the student debt crisis. (Click here for the event’s Facebook page.) The event will feature Sarah Jaffe, the former labor editor at AlterNet and a journalist whose work has been published in the Nation, the American Prospect, and Dissent, among other publications; Andrew Ross, a professor of social and cultural analysis at New York University, author of The University Against Itself: The NYU Strike and the Future of the Academic Workplace and a recent Dissent web exclusive “Universities and the Urban Growth Machine,” and a member of the Occupy Wall Street Strike Debt Assembly; and Tamara Draut, Vice President of Policy & Research at Demos and the author of Strapped: Why America’s 20- and 30-Somethings Can’t Get Ahead.

The event is at 7 p.m. this Thursday, in Room 5414 at the CUNY Graduate Center (365 Fifth Avenue, between 34th and 35th Streets, New York, NY). It’s co-sponsored by the Democratic Socialists of America/Young Democratic Socialists and the CUNY Graduate Center General Assembly. We hope to see our New York readers there.