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7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 17, at at the Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington Street, Iowa City

A new documentary that examines ongoing efforts to “disrupt and reform” America’s historic public universities will be shown at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 17, at at the Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington Street, Iowa City. The film screening is free and open to the public.

Starving the Beast tells the story of how public higher education has been defunded over the last three decades and makes a case that an ideological fight lies behind that process. The film, released this fall, focuses on dramas playing out at universities across the country, including the University of Wisconsin, University of Virginia, University of North Carolina, Louisiana State University, University of Texas, and Texas A&M.

The screening is being brought to the community by the University of Iowa Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, UI Public Policy Center, and FilmScene, with major support from the UI Undergraduate Student Senate, Graduate Student Senate, Faculty Senate, POROI (Project on the Rhetoric of Inquiry), and the UI chapter of the American Association of University Professors. 

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"Kicking back with the Regents"Matthew P. Brown, guest columnist, The Gazette, Sept 11 2016

"Tasked with public stewardship and financial management, the Regents this summer could not be bothered. They paid their CEO and COO twice what state law allows, salaries of $338,000 and $240,000 respectively. In a time of scarcity, they sought to loot the universities of 3.6 million dollars to pay bills at the board office, a 30 percent increase over last year’s ask.

The financial impact of all this laziness? Tuition hikes. As we know, the burden is being shifted to Iowa students and families, who are to pay $250 more per year.

If the Regents truly cared about public education, they would push back energetically against the governor and the legislature’s relentless drive, through tax breaks, to deplete the state of funding for public education. They would strive to create convincing arguments for why legislators should provide more robust support for state universities. But that would require work."

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