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The Otey Scruggs Memorial Lecture

Eggers Hall, 220

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Why Do 45 million Americans Owe $1.8 trillion in Student Debt Many insist that today’s student debt crisis is the unintended consequence of programs started with the best of intentions. But Democrats and Republicans intentionally created a student loan program, which has disproportionately left students of color, especially women, drowning in college debt.

Elizabeth Tandy Shermer is an associate professor of history at Loyola University Chicago, where she teaches courses on labor, capitalism, and politics. She has written about those topics in op-eds, academic articles, and scholarly books, including Sunbelt Capitalism (2013) and The Right and Labor.

The Otey Scruggs Memorial Lecture honors a long-time, former member of the Maxwell history faculty, and is made possible through the generous support of Jeffrey Scruggs (the honoree’s son) and Jeffrey’s wife, Robbin E. Mitchell

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Exterior of Maxwell in black and white when there was no Eggers building

We’re Turning 100!

To mark our centennial in the fall of 2024, the Maxwell School will hold special events and engagement opportunities to celebrate the many ways—across disciplines and borders—our community ever strives to, as the Oath says, “transmit this city not only not less, but greater, better and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.”

Throughout the year leading up to the centennial, engagement opportunities will be held for our diverse, highly accomplished community that now boasts more than 38,500 alumni across the globe.