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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Sept. 23, 2010

Finance expert Anya Kamenetz kicks off 2010-11 Distinguished Lecture Series

Anya Kamenetz

Anya Kamenetz

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Pulitzer Prize nominee and personal finance expert Anya Kamenetz will visit Northwest Missouri State University Monday, Sept. 27 as the first guest of the 2010-11 Distinguished Lecture Series.

Kamenetz will speak at 8 p.m. at the Charles Johnson Theatre, located in the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building.

In addition, Kamenetz will guest lecture in two of Dr. Jason White's courses Monday afternoon. Kamenetz will speak to MBA students in a macroeconomics course and a large class of sophomores and juniors in principles of economics.

"It's a really great opportunity for students to come and listen to a peer who has been so instrumental in bringing forward ideas related to proper debt management, particularly with higher education," said White, an associate professor of accounting, economics and finance. "When you've got an opportunity to have someone in her 20s or 30s who's been highly successful, that's just a great thing for students."

In 2004, Kamenetz broke new journalistic ground when the Village Voice nominated her for a Pulitzer Prize in feature writing for her series "Generation Debt: The New Economics of Being Young." Written when she was just 24, "Generation Debt" drew national media attention and passionate online debate with its argument that young people are facing unique and unprecedented economic challenges. In January 2005, the series became a biweekly column and Kamenetz became one of the youngest columnists in the paper's history.

Today, she reaches millions with her "Generation Debt" online column as a personal finance expert for Yahoo! Finance. She also is a staff writer for Fast Company magazine, where she took second prize in the Education Writers Association (EWA) 2009 National Awards for Education Reporting for her article "Who Needs Harvard?" She has appeared on several major news networks including CBS, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, FOX News, CNBC and NPR.

In her latest book, Kamenetz breaks new ground, for which The Huffington Post called her a "game changer" in education. " DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education" sheds light on the future of education, and how technological and experimental innovations can break the cycle of rising costs and set education free. In it, Kamenetz offers an unexpected perspective on the future of knowledge, talent and innovation, which is a must-hear for corporations and organizations looking to find success with the Millennial generation.

A magna cum laude graduate of Yale University, Kamenetz writes about the importance of financial literacy and responsibility, the costs of higher education and credit laws to protect young adults from chronic and excessive high-interest debt. Her work is important in today's youth-driven marketplace, and helps young adults understand what is necessary to successfully manage their money.

Kamenetz's inspiring, informative and down-to-earth presentations draw on her own experience and years of research. She has insight into a range of generation-specific issues most relevant to people in their 20s and 30s: technology and social networking; flex time and work-life balance; finding career passion through engagement in the new green economy and social entrepreneurship; the rising cost of higher education and health care; and money management.

Copies of her book will be available at the Bearcat Bookstore in the J.W. Jones Student Union and at Monday night's lecture.

Read Kamenetz's "Generation Debt" online column here.
View video clips for "DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education" here.
Read Kamenetz's blog here.

The objective of the Distinguished Lecture Series is to enhance the academic environment through individual discipline and interdisciplinary topics. Supported by the Provost's Office, the series offers the campus and Maryville communities opportunities to hear from extraordinary individuals around the globe. Scholars, world travelers and leaders in their fields visit the Northwest campus to share their wisdom, insight and experiences.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468