Join the NTEU University of Melbourne Branch, UMSU Education and The University of Melbourne Graduate Student Association as we present a screening of Ivory Tower, and discuss how we can campaign against Abbott and Pyne’s plan to Americanise our Universities.
This is a free screening open to all staff, students and community members, Light refreshments will be provided, so don’t forget to secure your ticket via the eventbrite link above.
About the Film:
In the US, as tuition rates spiral beyond reach and student loan debt passes US$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 US, 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 revolutionise university as we know it and evolve a sustainable economic model?