By Samantha Tamplin

The year’s first Chautauqua lecture will occur Thursday, September 7, at 7:30 pm, in the O’Donnell auditorium in the Whitlock building.

Each year, this event is hosted by EKU and is open and available to all students. It’s also free to any member of the public who wishes to take part in the transformative series. The lecture speaker will be Sara Goldrick-Rab, a professor of higher education policy and sociology at Temple University, and will focus on the transformation of higher education. Her speech will mainly focus on how the consequences of new economic policies that surround education this day in age will affect incoming and seasoned college students.

Goldrick-Rab has three degrees in her professional area of sociology: BA from George Washington University, and a Masters and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. In an article from education.temple.edu, she said, “My research and writing dissects the intended and unintended consequences of the college-for-all movement in the United States.”

She intends to “increase college attainment” especially “among marginalized populations. In the same article, Goldrick-Rab defined herself as a “scholar activist” – someone “committed to ameliorating inequities in college attainment”. In laymen’s terms, Goldrick-Rab plans to diminish the racial and socioeconomic obstacles that prevent many bright-minded individuals from even considering going to college.

Politico Magazine mentioned Goldrick-Rab as one of the top 50 “visionaries transforming American politics” in 2016. Not only is she an accredited professor, but the founder of the nation’s only research laboratory that focuses on translational ways to make college more affordable to the general public: the Wisconsin HOPE Lab. Goldrick-Rab said the authorship to the renowned publication Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream, and has additional reports, articles, and chapters under her name. She said she also helped edit other books on the same topic. The speaker has also been featured on the Daily Show with Trevor Noah, along with CSPAN’s Book TV, and in the New York Review of Books.