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A Special Screening of “Spent: Looking for Change”

Produced by Academy Award winner Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for Superman) and directed by Derek Dineen, Spent explores the lack of quality, accessible financial services in America. Tracking the lives of four families, the film shows how easily Americans today can become mired in debt and plagued by poor credit scores that prevent them from investing in themselves, their children,  and their futures. Spent also features several experts on this issue, including Urban Policy Professor Lisa Servon. In addition to exploring the problems created by our dysfunctional financial services system–payday and predatory lenders, check cashers, and dubious bank practices–the film also looks at new technology and creative ideas that have the potential to reshape the way we manage our money.

Following the screening, Professor Servon will moderate a panel of experts who will engage the audience in a discussion of the issues the film raises. The film runs for a approximately 40 minutes. The panel discussion will also run about 40 minutes, and it will include:

 – Dan Schulman, Group President, Enterprise Growth at American Express

 – Jonathan Mintz,  Cities for Financial Empowerment

 – Rachel Schneider, Center for Financial Services Innovation

 – Darrick Hamilton, Associate Professor of Economics and Urban Policy, Milano

Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, The Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall

The event is free but you must RSVP

Hosted by: the Urban Policy Program at the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, the Center for New York City Affairs and American Express.