Professors from George Mason and Columbia to Discuss ‘What’s Wrong with Education?’

Trinity’s Shelby Cullom Davis Endowment Hosts March 22 Symposium Featuring Bryan Caplan and Miguel Urquiola

​Hartford, Connecticut, March 20, 2018 —

What: The Shelby Cullom Davis Endowment and the Department of Economics at Trinity College will host a symposium titled “What’s Wrong with Education?” featuring Bryan Caplan of George Mason University and respondent Miguel Urquiola of Columbia University. The symposium is prompted by Caplan’s new book, The Case against Education: Why the Education System is a Waste of Time and Money (Princeton University Press, 2018).

When: Thursday, March 22, 2018, 4:20 p.m.

Where: McCook Auditorium

                   Trinity College

                   300 Summit Street, Hartford, CT 06106



This symposium seeks to reckon with major problems in education:

• Inflation of educational attainment necessary to gain entry to good jobs

• Mismatch of curriculum and career skills

• Social costs of heightened norms of educational attainment; for example, delay of adulthood, and relegation of weak students to an underclass.

Bryan Caplan is professor of economics at George Mason University and a blogger at EconLog. In addition to The Case against Education, he is also the author of The Myth of the Rational Voter, named “the best political book of the year” by The New York Times, and Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids. He lives in Oakton, Virginia.

Miguel Urquiola is a professor of economics and international affairs at Columbia University, where he also chairs the Columbia Committee on the Economics of Education. He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and a fellow at the Bureau for Research in Development Economics (BREAD).

The Shelby Cullom Davis Endowment at Trinity College sponsors lectures, publishes a refereed journal, and offers courses and a minor at Trinity. With a generous gift from Shelby Cullom Davis, the Davis Endowment continues to support knowledge and understanding of American business and economic enterprise.