Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Brightwell
Frank lends perspectives on national debt at the Batten School on Oct. 28th
(Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Brightwell)


The Generational Equity Tour is a nationwide series of public engagement events presented by The Can Kicks Back, a non-partisan and millennial-led campaign to defeat the national debt.  The Tour came to the University of Virginia on October 28th.  The screening of the nonpartisan documentary about the national debt, I.O.U.S.A., was followed by a panel discussion about how our growing national debt threatens the future of young people and what we can do about it.

Panelists included:

  • Mary Margaret Frank, Academic Director of the Institute of Business in Society
  • David Walker, former U.S. Comptroller General
  • Nick Troiano, co-founder of The Can Kicks Back

Frank is also teaching a cross-disciplinary course on the national debt, which engages graduate students from across the University.  They gather together to hear guest speakers from various disciplines, investigating the history and formation of the national debt.  Ultimately they are assessing the issues most pertinent for young adults to understand, working in small teams to produce an online educational tool that can be widely distributed.