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#SalemOR Progressive Film Series – Tonight!

Ivory Tower

7 p.m. | Third Tuesday, Sept-May

As tuition rates spiral beyond reach and student loan debt passes $1 trillion (more than credit card debt), IVORY TOWER asks: Is college worth the cost? From the halls of Harvard, to public colleges in financial crisis, to Silicon Valley, filmmaker Andrew Rossi assembles an urgent portrait of a great American institution at the breaking point.

Through profiles at Arizona State, Cooper Union, and San Jose State —among several others—IVORY TOWER reveals how colleges in the United States, long regarded as leaders in higher education, came to embrace a business model that often promotes expansion over quality learning. But along the way we also find unique programs, from Stanford to the free desert school Deep Springs to the historically black all women’s college Spelman, where the potential for life-changing college experiences endure. Ultimately, IVORY TOWER asks, What price will society pay if higher education cannot revolutionize college as we know it and evolve a sustainable economic model?

Guest Speakers:

Michelle D. Jones, Founder, Wayfinding Academy
Michelle is a former traditional model college professor who is starting her own college, The Wayfinding Academy. Her 15 years teaching leadership and organizational behavior courses at colleges and universities across the country has prepared her well to re-imagine what higher education can be with this new endeavor. She is also drawing on her experience organizing events and communities with TEDxMtHood and the World Domination Summit and founding non-profit organizations such as SuperThank.

Stephen J. Patterson, Scholar, teacher and writer
Professor Patterson is the George H. Atkinson endowed chair in Religious and Ethical Studies at Willamette University, where he teaches a course on the history of religion. He came to WU in 2010 and brings to the classroom 30 years of undergraduate and graduate education in various places of higher learning, including visiting stints in Africa and India.
Professor Patterson holds graduate degrees from Harvard and Claremont Graduate School, and he was a Fulbright Fellow in Germany. He has written 9 books and more than 75 articles, essays and reviews.
He resides in Salem, with his wife Deborah.

Grand Theatre | 191 High Street NE, Salem, Ore.

Admission is $5

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