September 30, 2015 at 4:45 pm

Café Conversation | America’s Leaders: You’re Harming Our Future, Sept. 30

Dr. Richard Vedder

Dr. Richard Vedder

Café Conversation  presents Dr. Richard Vedder on “America’s Leaders: You’re Harming Our Future,” at 5 p.m. on Wed., Sept. 30, in the Baker Center Front Room.

Vedder is director of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity and Professor Emeritus of Economics at Ohio University.

Cafe Conversation logoYoung Americans have accrued a trillion dollars in college debt. According to Vedder, 24 percent of recent college graduates live with their parents, and about 60 percent of graduates still receive some financial support from their parents two years after graduation. Individual prosperity is in danger, he says, as the younger generation will have a tougher time moving up the economic ladder in the future as economic growth has slowed dramatically.

“Some say our education system as it has operated has failed us,” Vedder says, noting that more than 40 percent of college graduates take jobs that traditionally belong to high school graduates, including baristas, taxi drivers and janitors. “Taxi drivers with bachelor degrees isn’t a bad thing, but these people went to college and undertook their debt in good faith (to get a job in their career field).”

Watch on A&S TV.

The event will be live-streamed on Sept. 30 and archived, and the online audience is invited to submit questions.

Café Conversations are part of Ohio University’s Café Series, Wednesdays at the Baker Center Front Room. The series provides a friendly environment for presenters, students and the community to informally discuss these topics. Free coffee is offered to the first 50 attendees, and participants who ask questions will win a free t-shirt.

About Science Café and Café Conversation: Events are held on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. in the Front Room at Baker University Center. They are free and open to students, faculty and staff. Both cafés are venues for students to share their interests informally during a conversation exchange in a friendly setting. The Science Cafe is hosted by Dr. Sarah Wyatt, Professor of Environmental & Plant Biology and Vice President of the Ohio University Chapter of Sigma Xi. The two series are sponsored by the Ohio University chapter of Sigma Xi and the Office of the Vice President for Research. Find the Science Café on Facebook and Twitter.

Fall 2015 Science Cafés

Sept. 9, Todd Eisworth, Math, “To Infinity and Beyond

Sept. 23, TJ Cyders, Mechanical Engineering, “Rage Against the von Neumann Machine: 3D Printing, the Future and You

Oct. 7, Sarah Wyatt, PBIO

Oct. 21, Nancy Sandler, Physics

Nov. 4, Anne Loucks, Biological Sciences

Nov. 18, Jennifer Hines, Chemistry

Dec. 2, Alycia Stigall, Geological Sciences

Fall 2015 Café Conversations

Sept. 30: Richard Vedder, Economics, “America’s Leaders: You’re Harming Our Future

Oct. 28: Stan Alost

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