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University of Wisconsin Madison Go Big Read

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This Year’s Go Big Read SelectionHillbilly Elegy

A personal reflection on upward mobility in America seen through the lens of a white, working-class family in the Midwest.

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Keynote Event

Monday October 9, 2017
7 p.m. Memorial Union Theatre
No tickets required
Keynote Archived Video

Join us for an expert panel featuring three UW-Madison faculty members as they share their expertise on themes addressed in Hillbilly Elegy. The panelists include Dr. Kathy Cramer, who will discuss politics and cultural anger, Dr. Katherine Magnuson, who will discuss poverty and stress in childhood, and Dr. Aleksandra Zgierska, who will discuss addiction, chronic pain, and opioids. There will be an audience Q&A following the panelists' remarks moderated by Dr. Russ Castronovo, whose own research focuses on politics and critical citizenship.

Chancellor Rebecca Blank

A Note from the Chancellor

Chancellor Rebecca Blank has selected J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis as the 2017-18 Go Big Read book.

To learn more, see the official press release.