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ELPA Events

'Fail State' Screening and Panel

Join Student Defense, La Follette, WISCAPE, OWN, AFT-WI, ACS, and TAA for a special screening of the award-winning documentary FAIL STATE.
Thursday, October 03, 2019
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
159 Education Building
1000 Bascom Mall
Madison WI

Fail State imageJoin the National Student Legal Defense Network, the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE), the La Follette School of Public Affairs, One Wisconsin Now, AFT-Wisconsin, the American Constitution Society, and ​TAA for a screening of FAIL STATE, an award-winning documentary executive produced by news legend Dan Rather.

Synopsis: Executive produced by news legend Dan Rather, FAIL STATE investigates the dark side of American higher education, chronicling the decades of policy decisions in Washington, D.C., that have given rise to a powerful and highly-predatory for-profit college industry. With echoes of the subprime mortgage crisis, the film lays bare how for-profit colleges exploit millions of low-income and minority students, leaving them with worthless degrees and drowning in student loan debt. Director Alexander Shebanow traces the rise, fall, and resurgence of the for-profit college industry, revealing its Wall Street ​backing and the lawmakers enabling widespread fraud and abuse in American higher education.

View the trailer for FAIL STATE.

Before the screening, Wisconsin State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski will speak on her efforts to combat the student loan debt crisis in Wisconsin. The event will also ​include a post-screening panel discussion, featuring:

  • Nick Hillman, Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, UW-Madison
  • Lara Sutherlin, Administrator, Trade and Consumer Protection, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
  • Analiese Eicher, Executive Director, One Wisconsin Now
  • Alex Shebanow, Director of Fail State, Student Defense Policy Fellow
  • Bob Shireman (moderator), Director of Higher Education, The Century Foundation

Admission is free ​for this event​; however, space is limited. Please RSVP to attend via Eventbrite.

Light refreshments will be served!

Kari Dickinson
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