Date: Monday, August 26, 2019
Time: 6-8:30 p.m.
Location: Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center, Drake University, 2875 University Ave., Des Moines

The Harkin Institute for Public Policy & Citizen Engagement at Drake University is partnering with Student Defense to host a special screening around the award-winning for-profit college documentary FAIL STATE.

Following the screening, Senator Tom Harkin (retired) and Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller will join Director Alexander Shebanow for a panel discussion about the film and the important topics of higher education and student loan debt.

Executive produced by news legend Dan Rather, FAIL STATE investigates the dark side of American higher education, chronicling the decades of policy decisions in Washington, D.C. that have given rise to a powerful and highly-predatory for-profit college industry. With echoes of the subprime mortgage crisis, the film lays bare how for-profit colleges exploit millions of low-income and minority students, leaving them with worthless degrees and drowning in student loan debt.

Senator Harkin worked to hold for-profit colleges accountable to students and was interviewed for the documentary. FAIL STATE Director Alexander Shebanow traces the rise, fall, and resurgence of the for-profit college industry, revealing its Wall Street backing and the lawmakers enabling widespread fraud and abuse in American higher education.

This event is free and open to the public. Register online, email or call 515-271-3592.

Watch a trailer for FAIL STATE.

Address: 2429 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311 Phone: 515-271-3623 Fax Number: 515-271-3631 Email: Office Hours: Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.