Skip to main content

Panel of UW-Madison Experts to Speak Next Week

Clear your schedules… on October 9th at 7:00 p.m., UW-Madison’s Go Big Read Program will host a Panelist discussion of themes and contemporary issues discussed within Hillbilly Elegy.

The event will take place in Memorial Union Theater at Shannon Hall. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Both UW-Madison students and Madison community members are welcome! The event will be open to the public, and no ticket is required to attend the event.

The panel will first discuss common themes within the book that are also current issues in society, such as poverty, childhood development, drug addiction, and trauma. A Q&A session will follow the panel discussion.

Copies of Hillbilly Elegy were distributed at Freshman Convocation. CC Image Courtesy of Jeff Miller.

The panel of UW-Madison experts consist of political science Professor Kathy Cramer, who will tackle politics and cultural anger revolving around common themes within Hillbilly Elegy. Family Medicine Assistant Professor Aleksandra Zgierska, whose research focuses on opioid addiction and treatment will cover those topics. Professor Dr. Katherine Magnuson  will discuss stress and poverty within childhood development.  Professor Russ Castronovo will then mediate a question and answer session with the audience and panel members.

Can’t make it? Don’t worry. The entire event will also be livestreamed through the Go Big Read website. There will also be live commentary from the Go Big Read Twitter account.

Go Big Read logo.

You can find more information about the event on the UW-Madison news page. 

Gillian Keebler
Student Assistant, Go Big Read Office