Cultures of Debt

The Humanities Institute’s series on The Debt Burden continues in 2014-15, with a focus on the cultural and political dynamics emerging from the aftermath of the financial crisis. Last year, the Debt Burden featured discussions on the causes and consequences of ballooning debt structures, the dual mandate of the Federal Reserve system and the complexities of the student loan system. In 2014-15, the series continues with a look at the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, headed by former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray, and the effects of credit standards on social inequalities of race and ethnicity, among other topics.