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UW-Madison's Barry to be panelist at 'Going There: Who Needs College?'

March 06, 2017
UW-Madison's Lynda Barry will join Michel Martin from NPR and Wisconsin Public Radio as a panelist on March 7 to explore the question of whether college is worth it.

The event is titled, "Going There: Who Needs College?" It runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Monona Terrace.

The show will be part of the NPR series: "Going There with Michel Martin," who is also the weekend host of NPR's "All Things Considered." The show will be produced in partnership with Wisconsin Public Radio.

There is a growing debate surrounding the huge price tag of a college diploma and whether or not it is worth it. This show will examine whether people actually need a college education, and whether or not universities still allow free intellectual debate among growing focuses on political correctness.

Barry is an associate professor with the School of Education's Art Department, and is the Chazen Family Distinguished Chair in Art.  An award-winning author and cartoonist, Barry is perhaps best known as the author of the nationally syndicated "Ernie Pook's Comeek," but her career is legendary. Spanning nearly 35 years, Barry has authored 21 books, worked as a commentator for National Public Radio, and had a regular monthly feature in Esquire, Mother Jones Magazine, Mademoiselle, and

Other local voices include:

Robin Vos, Wisconsin State Assembly Speaker

Charlie Sykes, Longtime Conservative Radio Host and Author

Stephen Thompson, UW-Madison Alum and NPR Music Editor

Brian Raffel, Raven Software Co-founder & Studio Head

Deshawn McKinney, UW-Madison Student and Wisconsin Union Directorate President

Brooke Evans, UW-Madison Student and Ronald E. McNair Scholar

Samuel Park, UW-Madison Student and Working Class Student Union Outreach Director

Kaitlynne Roling, UW-Madison Student and Powers-Knapp Academic Scholar

Tickets are $12 and include a post-show reception with Michel Martin and Wisconsin Public Radio. Get tickets here.

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