Anya Kamenetz, National Public Radio's lead education blogger, will present "Generation Debt: Why the Odds Are Stacked Against Young People and How We Can Overcome Them" during UW-Eau Claire's final 2017-18 Forum series presentation at 7:30 p.m. March 6 in Schofield Auditorium.
Kamenetz is the author of the 2006 book "Generation Debt," which chronicled the plight of young Americans held down by low wages, high taxes, huge student loans and sky-high housing prices. Although some economic forces have improved in the decade since, the cost of education and the associated debt problems linger, with current average student debt hovering at $37,000. From advocating for advances in training, assessment and effectively identifying talent, to helping students understand and manage debt, Kamenetz engages audiences with insightful perspective on the evolution of learning, education standards and reforms, and how to apply it all to advance one's purpose.
Kamenetz has written other books about the future of education: "DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education" investigated innovations to address the crises in cost, access and quality in higher education. "The Test" is about the past, present and future of testing in American schools.
Kamenetz was named a 2010 Game Changer in Education by the Huffington Post; received 2009, 2010 and 2015 National Awards for Education Reporting from the Education Writers Association; and won an Edward R. Murrow Award for innovation in 2017 along with the rest of the NPR education team.
Before joining NPR in 2014, Kamenetz was a staff writer for Fast Company magazine. She has contributed to The New York Times, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Slate, and O, the Oprah Magazine, and appeared in documentaries shown on PBS and CNN.
Tickets for Kamenetz's presentation are available online and at the Service Center in the east lobby of Davies Center. Tickets also can be purchased at the door the day of the event or by calling 715-836-4636.
An informal reception with refreshments will follow The Forum presentation.
The Forum, now in its 75th season, is funded by UW-Eau Claire student segregated fees. Speakers are selected and administered by the Activities, Involvement and Leadership office and by an administrative committee composed of students, faculty, staff and community members. General promotional support is provided by WHYS Radio and Wisconsin Public Radio.