Financial Expert To Discuss Youth Vote in Election
Financial expert, news commentator and youth advocate Anya Kamenetz
will discuss the presidential election and “Why the Youth Vote Will
Rock in ‘08” during a speech at Alma College.
Kamenetz, a staff writer for Fast Company magazine and a columnist for Yahoo! Finance, will speak at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27 in the Remick Heritage Center. Admission is free and open to the public. No ticket is required.
“We expect there will be a particular urgency in her address,” says Jamie Smith, event coordinator and assistant professor of history at Alma College. “It should be an evening well spent for all ages.”
Kamenetz is the author of Generation Debt: The New Economics of Being Young,
a nationally recognized book for its focus on the challenge youth face
with increasing expenses and lack of well-paying entry level jobs.
Her address at Alma College will concern the potential young people have in their vote in the presidential election. She argues that voters ages 18 to 31 are more focused and empowered than they were a generation ago; eventually they will outnumber the baby boomers. She not only will discuss the potential of this demographic, but also issues that concern youth.
While Kamenetz will speak directly to youth, her address is relevant to all ages, says Smith.
“While it is true that the College wanted to bring in someone who speaks directly to younger voters near the election, the election of a president concerns us all,” says Smith. “Her perspective concerning finances are particularly relevant due to the world-wide economic situation that will factor heavily in the upcoming election.”
Since graduating from Yale University in 2002, Kamenetz has worked as a journalist in New York City. In 2004, the Village Voice nominated her for a Pulitzer Prize in feature writing for her work on Generation Debt. She appears frequently on major news networks, commenting on financial, social and political issues faced by young people.
Posted: Thu, October 16th, 2008 at 9:46AM