See the highly praised new documentary Ivory Tower in New York City Thursday, September 25, 7:30 p.m. at AMC Loews 34th Street theater, 312 West 34th St. Tickets are $12 for the screening, sponsored by the National Association of Scholars. To buy tickets, to watch the trailer for the film, or to donate to NAS, visit the NAS event page.
The film focuses on the rising cost of college and how American colleges came to embrace a business model that often promotes expansion over quality learning.
It features profiles of Harvard College, Deep Springs College, Arizona State University, Spelman College, Cooper Union, and Wesleyan University, and several others. As tuition rates spiral and student debt passes $1 trillion, filmmaker Andrew Rossi (Page One: Inside The New York Times) assembles a portrait of a great American institution at the breaking point. The film also covers some college alternatives, such as Peter Thiel’s sponsorship of young people not going to college, and Coursera MOOCs.
After the screening Professor Andrew Delbanco will conduct a discussion of the issues raised.