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Investigate This Tenement Talk: The College Debt Crisis

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Continuing our monthly series of Investigate This Tenement Talks, ProPublica will be hosting a November conversation about “The College Debt Crisis: Where We Are, What Needs to Change.”  The panel discussion will feature ProPublica’s education reporter Marian Wang, who recently reported on “How the Government Is Saddling Parents with College Loans They Can’t Afford.” Joining her will be New York University’s Vice President of Enrollment Management Randall Deike, college assistance website ( and publisher Mark Kantrowitz and the director of the director of the National Consumer Law Center's Student Loan Borrower Assistance Project Deanne Loonin. NY1’s education reporter, Lindsey Christ, will moderate the talk.

The conversation will focus on what schools, students, families and the government can do to help people get a good education without incurring too much debt. They’ll be discussing how families can make better decisions about financial aid, and what colleges and the government could and should be doing to ease the debt burden on students and families.

The event will take place on Monday, November 12 at 6:30pm at the Tenement Museum, located at 103 Orchard Street (at Delancey) in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The talk will last for 90 minutes and will be streamed live on UStream.  There will be a Q&A portion with the audience and online viewers are encouraged to tweet questions with the hashtag #investigatethis.

Investigate This Tenement Talks are free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served. We hope to see you there.

Mike Webb

Mike Webb was the vice president/communications of ProPublica. He is a veteran communications specialist with experience in public relations, marketing, sales and campaign work at media companies, think tanks, political organizations and in the entertainment business.

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