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.