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Book Talk: Sold My Soul for a Student Loan

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Join us in the Library Fishbowl on Monday, October 7 at 2pm to hear Daniel T. Kirsch talk about his book, Sold My Soul for a Student Loan.

With unprecedented student debt keeping an entire generation from realizing the "American Dream," this book sounds a warning about how that debt may undermine both higher education—and our democracy.

American higher education boasts one of the most impressive legacies in the world, but the price of admission for many is now endless debt. As this book shows, increasing educational indebtedness undermines the real value of higher education in our democracy. To help readers understand this dilemma, the book examines how student debt became commonplace and what the long-term effects of such an ongoing reality might be. Sold My Soul for a Student Loan examines this vitally important issue from an unprecedented diversity of perspectives, focusing on the fact that student debt is hindering the ability of millions of people to enter the job market, the housing market, the consumer economy, and the political process.

Among other topics, the book covers the history of consumer debt in the United States, the history of federal policy toward higher education, and political action in response to the issue of student debt. Perhaps most importantly, it explores the new relationship debtor-citizens have to the government as a result of debt, and how that impacts democracy for a new generation.

Daniel T. Kirsch, PhD, earned his doctorate in political science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and now teaches at California State University, Sacramento. He is a proud member of the American Association of University Professors and the California Faculty Association. His work includes his dissertation "Southie versus Roxbury: Crime, Welfare, and the Racialization of Massachusetts Gubernatorial Elections in the Post-Civil Rights Era" and contributions to the Encyclopedia of American Political Parties and Elections and the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia. He resides in Woodland, California with his family. This is his first book.