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Ivory Tower Documentary: Is University Worth The Cost
Sun, Sep 14, 2014 7pm to 9:30pm
Rio Theatre 1660 East Broadway Vancouver, BC · Cost: 12
Ivory Tower Documentary: Is University Worth The Cost
Sep 8, 2014

This documentary explores the struggles many students faced today with student loan debt and how higher education can be made more accessible to everyone.

IVORY TOWER documents the massive rise in tuition prices and the declining value and quality of University education in the last 30 years as student loan debt has skyrocketed past $1 trillion (more than credit card debt).

The documentary IVORY TOWER asks: Is University worth the cost? From the halls of Harvard, to public colleges in financial crisis, to revolutionary initiatives from Silicon Valley to provide higher education to the world online for free, filmmaker Andrew Rossi assembles an urgent portrait of a great American institution at the breaking point.

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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, the UnCollege movement, 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 University as we know it and evolve a sustainable economic model.

This is a 19+ event. After the documentary, we will have a discussion at a nearby lounge on Commercial Drive for people interested in discussing the ideas in the film and meeting new people.

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