2011 News Articles
Will there be anything left for your kids when they get to be your age?

Super Committee spending cuts will affect younger, older Americans
September 26, 2011

Phil Brozynski
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

Aerial_One_Lisle, Illinois  ~ How will the spending cuts made by the Congressional Super Committee affect you?

That depends on how old you are.

The expected federal spending cuts in areas such as student loans, Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security will affect younger and older citizens disproportionately. How will the average citizen know which legislative proposal to support? Can both younger and older citizens work together to prompt Congress to solve the problem without sacrificing either generation?

Benedictine University's Center for Lifelong Learning will present an intergenerational conversation event, "What the Budget Cuts Will Mean to the Future of Older and Younger Americans," from 6:30-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18 at the Krasa Student Center, Rooms A, B and C, on Benedictine's main campus in Lisle.

The event is co-hosted by "No Labels," a national bi-partisan civic organization of 125,000 Republicans, Democrats and Independents whose mission is to encourage elected officials of both parties compromise to solve America's crucial issues. No Labels founders include teachers, authors, consultants, past administration officials, media and frequent national television guests.

The event will feature a presentation by Tamara Draut, author of "Strapped, Why America's 20- and 30-Somethings Can't Get Ahead." Draut is the Vice President of Policy and Programs at Demos, a non-partisan public policy research and advocacy organization.

The Center for Lifelong Learning at Moser College began offering courses last April and currently has more than 250 adults who participate on a regular basis. Some of them take two or three courses at a time, meaning enrollment in the various offerings can range from 600-700 students.

There are no tests, grades or admission requirements in the non-credit program. The three-to-six-week courses are highly interactive discussions of intriguing topics led by Benedictine University and Moser College faculty, visiting experts and Center members. Topics include history, current events, natural and social sciences, technology, politics, and art and music.

The Center for Lifelong Learning is also an active social community. Members help organize classes and social activities, and can contribute their own expertise by leading study groups.

Benedictine students, faculty and Center for Lifelong Learning members will be admitted to the October 18 event free. The cost to others is $10. An RSVP is required by contacting Natalia Poniatowska at (630) 829-1384 or Stephen Nunes at (630) 829-1372.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.