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Hillbilly Elegy, Go Big Read for 2017-2018

May 2, 2017

Read, reflect and discuss issues of poverty, educational and vocational opportunity, and the sociopolitical reality of life in the Rust Belt with the next Go Big Read.

Chancellor Rebecca Blank and a review committee of campus faculty, staff and students have selected J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis as the 2017-2018 shared book selection for the UW-Madison campus.

Through the lens of personal narrative, J.D. Vance examines the choices and sacrifices made by those living within economically-declining communities of the United States and reflects upon the value of mentoring relationships that can enable one to broker alternatives to a cyclical experience of poverty and its fallout.

For more information, visit the author’s site. And, do consult with campus and area public libraries for available copies. UW-Madison instructors interested in using the book can request review copies by contacting the Go Big Read office.

Go Big Read is UW-Madison’s common book program where students, staff and the community are invited to read the same book then participate in a variety of related programs in-and-out of the classroom. Go Big Read will welcome your participation with this new title during the forthcoming academic year.

Read the press release.