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Free Film Screening of Starving the Beast for Rutgers Community

March 13, 2017
Starving the Beast film poster

Enjoy free popcorn and soda courtesy of America Converges Here, a series of events at Rutgers University– New Brunswick that explores and celebrates the unique coming together of our people, big ideas, and sense of place.

Join Rutgers University-New Brunswick for a free film screening of Starving the Beast, a documentary by Steve Mims that sheds light on the national debate over funding of public higher education.

Thursday, March 23, 2017
5:30 p.m.

Rutgers Cinema
Livingston Campus
105 Joyce Kilmer Avenue
Piscataway, NJ

Free popcorn and soda
This free event requires a valid Rutgers ID

About Starving the Beast: The Battle to Disrupt and Reform America's Public Universities:

As college tuition skyrockets and student debt explodes, a powerful new documentary reveals a nationwide fight for control of the heart, soul and finances of America's public universities.

Starving the Beast tells the story of a potent one-two punch roiling public higher education right now: 35 years of systematic defunding and a well financed market oriented reform effort. It's the story of a little known and misunderstood ideological fight, the outcome of which will change the future of public higher education.

The film reveals an historic philosophical shift that reframes public higher education as a 'value proposition' to be borne by the student as a consumer, rather than an investment in citizens as a 'public good'. Financial winners and losers emerge in a struggle poised to profoundly change public higher education.

The film vividly illustrates these issues in unfolding dramas at six public research universities: University of Wisconsin, University of Virginia, University of North Carolina, Louisiana State University, University of Texas, and Texas A&M.

ps - Can't make the screening? Rutgers University Libraries has made the film available via Kanopy (unfortunately, no free popcorn and soda unless you make the 3/23/17 screening). Watch and join the universitywide discussion!


Learn more about this event and others that are part of America Converges Here: converge.rutgers.edu

Sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor–New Brunswick, Graduate School—New Brunswick, Graduate School of Education’s Ph.D. in higher education program, and Rutgers University Libraries.