information along to our viewers. 3 Just last month - the United States debt reached an all-time record. It jumped 328-billion dollars in one day. According to the Treasury Department - the debt now equals 17-trillion dollars. Tonight - the national debt will be a big topic of conversation at Jacksonville University - and you're invited to take part. As Channel 4's Elizabeth Campbell explains ... an economist who teaches at Notre Dame is traveling to JU - to discuss what the debt means for our future. 3 3 :00-:10:23-:30THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S RECENT DEFICITS HAVE REACHED LEVELS NOT SEEN SINCE WORLD WAR TWO.. AND THE DEBT GROWS BY AN AVERAGE OF MORE THAN 3-BILLION-DOLLARS PER DAY. IT'S FORECASTED TO REACH ONLY UNPRECEDENTED LEVELS IN THE COMING DECADES. THAT'S WHY A SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT BEING HELD AT JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY TONIGHT IS SO RELEVANT AND SO TIMELY.RICK MULLANEY/DIRECTOR OF JU PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE 6:34 its open to the public its for that purpose, we want the public to be engaged but I think anybody who is concerned about public policy that's going on with the local, state and federal level. How we're spending our tax dollars, what we're doing exactly for the future of our country, this is a conversation and a lecture that's important for the future of our country really DR. MICHAEL PRIES IS TONIGHT'S GUEST.. HIS LECTURE WILL EXAMINE SEVERAL ASPECTS OF THE DEBT AND FISCAL FORECASTS.. INCLUDING THINGS LIKE HOW SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE AND MEDICAID CONTRIBUTE TO FUTURE DEFICITS.. AND IF THE PROJECTED DEBT LEVELS ARE SPOT-ON, HOW OUR STANDARD OF LIVING AND OUR SERVICES WILL BE IMPACTED.6:58 the goal is to inform and educate we believe that public policy issues particularly the debt crisis is important to the future of our country and we believe that an informed educated citizenry is important to the future and so in this collaboration between notre dame and the JU public policy institute we hope to bring to Jacksonville this annual Hesburgh lecture series for the benefit of the people of Jacksonville.ELIZABETH CAMPBELL CHANNEL 4 THE LOCAL STATION 3 So again, everyone is invited to take part in this event tonight. There's a free reception in the Davis College of Business at J-U that starts at 6 p-m with food and refreshments and then the lecture begins at 7.