Author to discuss her book "Generation Debt"
Here's the University Relations press release:
MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (9/15/2006) -- --â€śGeneration Debt, Why Now Is a Terrible Time to Be Youngâ€? author Anya Kamenetz will speak at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20 at Coffman Unionâ€™s Theater, 300 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis. The University of Minnesotaâ€™s Minnesota Programs and Activities Council (MPAC) is sponsoring the event. Doors open at 6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
After graduating from Yale, Kamenetz moved to Manhattan and started freelance work for the Village Voice. Assigned to contribute to the series â€śGeneration Debt, the New Economics of Being Young,â€? Kamenetzâ€™s work earned her a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize and soon attracted publishers which led to the development of the book â€śGeneration Debt, Why Now Is A Terrible Time To Be Young.â€? The book features detailed interviews with hundreds of young people, as well as thoughtful research on the political, social, economic and public health implications that culminated to cause a dramatic decrease in quality opportunities for young people.
Laurence Kotlikoff, Boston University professor of economics commented on the importance of the book, â€śAmerica is slowly but surely eating its young by leaving them with massive public and private obligations â€¦ We all need to read this brilliant book and see that the American dream is being transformed into a financial, fiscal and personal nightmare.â€?
MPAC is the main campus-wide programming board for the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Its programming committees are responsible for initiating, developing and implementing a comprehensive and diverse activities program that anticipates and responds to the needs of U of M students and the campus community. For more information, please visit www.coffman.umn.edu .
Students who want an overview of the political and social forces undermining their futures are encouraged to attend.