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Aug. 20, 2015 - Economist Dr. David Feldman from the College of William and Mary, will deliver the 2015 Labor Day Lecture at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 9, in the Burke Auditorium, located in the William G. McGowan School of Business, at King’s College. 

Titled "Turbulent Waters: Challenges Facing America’s Colleges and Universities,” the lecture will be free and open to the public. The program is sponsored by the McGowan Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility at King’s.

Dr. Feldman will discuss the significant challenges facing higher education today, including the drivers of cost and of tuition, changes in the global and domestic economy, and questions of sustainability. He will focus on the model of residential higher education and present a case that the bundle retains great value for most students. 

Dr. Feldman recently stepped down as chair of the economics department at William and Mary. He is also a professor of public policy for the College’s Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy. Prior to coming to William and Mary, he taught at Colgate University and Duke University. 

Dr. Feldman’s current research examines theoretical and policy questions in the economics of higher education. Together with Robert B. Archibald, he is the author of the widely-reviewed book “Why Does College Cost So Much?” He has also written numerous articles for professional journals in the fields of economics and higher education on topics such as college graduation rates and accountability, the determinants of state higher education spending, and competing theories about the causes of rising college costs. In addition to his scholarly work, he has also written many articles for major education associations, policy journals, and newspapers. 

In 2012, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Officers gave Dr. Feldman its Robert P. Huff Golden Quill Award for his work on college cost and financial aid. Dr. Feldman earned his doctorate in economics from Duke University and his A.B. in economics and political science from Kenyon College. 

The William G. McGowan School of Business is located on North River and W. Union streets. Parking will be available in on-campus lots. For more information, please contact Dr. Bernard Prusak, director, McGowan Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility, at 208-5900, ext. 5689.  

Dr. David Feldman

Dr. David Feldman