Conference will explore debt in U.S.

Conference will explore debt in U.S.

URBANA – The University of Illinois College of Law is planning a two-day conference on debt in May in cooperation with the American Bankruptcy Institute.

The conference will look at debt not as a problem or a solution, but as a phenomenon, a UI news release said.

The conference, scheduled for May 2-3, is called "A Debtor World: Interdisciplinary Academic Symposium on Debt" and will focus on deepening debt in the United States.

The keynote speaker will be James Scurlock, producer of the documentary film "Maxed Out." That movie will be shown May 1 at Foellinger Auditorium with commentary by Scurlock afterward.

Lecturers from a variety of disciplines will be on hand for the conference, including speakers from the American Bankruptcy Institute and the universities of Stanford, Harvard, Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Chicago, Maryland, Minnesota and Nebraska.

Among other things, the conference will explore why consumers and businesses decide to borrow money, what happens to businesses and consumers under a heavy debt load and what societies need to do to encourage the efficient use of debt.

The conference is geared to debt counselors, bankruptcy judges, attorneys, financial representatives and scholars. Registration fees are $50 for UI faculty, students and staff; $195 for representatives of government, academia and nonprofit organizations; and $395 for others. Registration information is available at

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