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Does Higher Education Matter?

Paul Susi

Higher education is considered essential for individuals seeking employment opportunities, social and cultural advancement, and a more secure financial future. No matter your background or privilege, a college degree is automatically assumed to multiply your opportunities. But in the current cycles of escalating tuition costs, ballooning student loan debt, and a crumbling secondary education infrastructure in Oregon, we have an increasing need to examine the purposefulness and meaningfulness of higher education in our day-to-day lives. Join educator and activist Paul Susi in a discussion that will examine our assumptions and values around education and its impact on our lives.

Paul Susi is an educator, activist, arts administrator, and performing artist based in Portland. Paul cofounded The Color of Now, a live discussion series focusing on race and privilege in Portland and served as manager for the innovative Peace 2 Shelter for self-identified men experiencing homelessness in downtown Portland. He serves as cochair of the board of directors for the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition; he is the operations director for Shakespeare in the Park; and he is a program leader for the Outdoor School, where he goes by the camp name “Badger.”

Oregon HumanitiesThe Marylhurst Speaker Series is hosted by Marylhurst University’s Department of Interdisciplinary and Applied Liberal Arts. This talk is offered through Oregon Humanities’ Conversation Project, free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state’s future.