Exclusive Documentary Screening


Admission Information

Admission is free with Forum Registration, but seating is limited and tickets are required. Pick up tickets for admission prior to the event at the Forum Registration Desk located on Meeting Level 2 (two levels below the lobby).


Thursday, June 1, 2017

7:00 PM (Doors 6:45)

Independence Ballroom

Panel Discussion

A panel and audience discussion moderated by filmmaker Bill Banowsky, “Starving the Beast” producer and distributor, will follow the screening.


  • James Carville
  • Bill Powers
  • Siva Vaidhyanathan


  • Bill Banowsky

One of the highlights of the 2017 Forum is a private screening of "Starving the Beast," an award-winning, feature-length documentary available only to select audiences.

As college tuition skyrockets and student debt explodes, a powerful new documentary reveals a nationwide fight for control of the heart, soul, and finances of America’s public universities.

Starving the Beast tells the story of a potent, one-two punch roiling public higher education right now: 35 years of systematic defunding and a well-financed, market-oriented reform effort. It’s the story of a little known and misunderstood ideological fight, the outcome of which will change the future of public higher education.

The film reveals an historic philosophical shift that reframes public higher education as a ‘value proposition’ to be borne by the student as a consumer, rather than an investment in citizens as a ‘public good.’ Financial winners and losers emerge in a struggle poised to profoundly change public higher education.

The film vividly illustrates these issues in unfolding dramas at six public research universities: University of Wisconsin, University of Virginia, University of North Carolina, Louisiana State University, University of Texas, and Texas A&M.


One of those rare films that taps into issues so current that they’re part of the national zeitgeist (inflated tuition, student debt, and radical conservative politics). Even before release, STARVING THE BEAST struck a public nerve. The film’s 2016 SXSW world premiere generated critical acclaim and national coverage (Hollywood Reporter, Huffington Post, and Inside Higher Ed).

Learn more at starvingthebeast.net