The first debate on Tuesday, March 8 will explore the proposition, "Public college should be free."

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NYU Wagner and The Century Foundation are proud to co-sponsor a series of free “Debates of the Century” on: the future of higher education; immigration; and national security. The first of the spring dialogues will take place Tuesday, March 8, at 6:00 p.m. at the Wagner school, located in Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St. (at the corner of Houston Street), 2nd Floor, New York, N.Y. The discussion will debate the proposition that “Public college should be free.”

The first of the debates, March 8, will feature Sara Goldrick-Rab, professor of educational policy and sociology at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Richard Vedder, director of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. The dialogue will be moderated by Melissa Harris-Perry, Maya Angelou presidential chair and director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center at Wake Forest University and author of Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America.

The event is open to the public. Due to limited seating, RSVP is required: Please visit to register. At issue: Post-secondary education is more important than ever for achieving success in America. As the demand for a better-educated workforce increases, so does the cost of a diploma. Should we re-examine the American system of public post-secondary education, so that tuition could be free?

Further debates will examine the proposition that “America should embrace the undocumented and expand immigration” (Tuesday, March 29 at 6 p.m., NYU Wagner), and explore “National Security vs. Privacy” (Tuesday, April 26, at 6:00 p.m, NYU Wagner).
Media coverage is invited. Please visit for details, or contact the NYU press officer connected with this release.

About The Century Foundation:
The Century Foundation is a nonprofit, progressive public policy think tank that seeks to foster opportunity, reduce inequality, and promote security at home and abroad. Founded in 1919, TCF pursues its mission by conducting timely, non-partisan research and policy analysis that informs citizens, guides policymakers, and reshapes what government does for the better.

About NYU Wagner:
NYU Wagner has been educating and preparing the world’s future public service leaders since 1938. Our students translate personal commitment into nonprofit, public, and private sector careers that have an impact on the world’s most pressing issues. Our faculty conduct research that changes the way people frame, understand, and analyze and act on issues of public importance.

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