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The Case Against Free College Topic of University of Hartford’s 2019 Deeds Symposium March 28


Posted 03/11/2019
Posted by Mary Ingarra


Beth Akers, senior fellow, Manhattan Institute.

Beth Akers, senior fellow, Manhattan Institute.

“The Case Against Free College” is the topic of the University of Hartford College of Arts and Sciences’ 2019 Deeds Symposium. The annual lecture on free-market principles will be given by Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Beth Akers, an expert on the economics of education, with a focus on higher-education policy.

Before joining the Manhattan Institute, Akers was a fellow in the Brookings Institution’s Center on Children and Families and a staff economist with the President’s Council of Economic Advisors, where she worked on federal student lending policy as well as other education and labor issues. She earned her BS in mathematics and economics from SUNY Albany and PhD in economics from Columbia University.

Akers is a coauthor of Game of Loans: The Rhetoric and Reality of Student Debt, written with Urban Institute’s Education Policy Program Director Matthew M. Chingos. In the midst of rising of college tuition and student debt, Game of Loans: The Rhetoric and Reality of Student Debt questions whether we are headed for a major crisis with borrowers defaulting in unprecedented numbers and taxpayers being forced to foot the bill and posits that there are more troubling problems with student loans. 

The lecture will take place on Thursday, March 28, in Wilde Auditorium located in the Harry Jack Gray Center on the University of Hartford campus, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, Conn. A reception will open the event at 4:30 p.m. followed by the lecture and discussion at 5:30 p.m. The program is free and open to the public, however online registration is encouraged by March 24 at hartford.edu/deedslecture.

The Deeds Symposium was established at the University of Hartford in 1982 to provide a forum for discussion of free-market principles. Program speakers are internationally known participants in the continuing discussion of free enterprise and government. 

For more information about the program, contact the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office at AandSDean@hartford.edu.

Beth Akers, senior fellow, Manhattan Institute.

Beth Akers, senior fellow, Manhattan Institute.