Hillbilly Elegy: A Culture in Crisis

Posted on Oct 21 by SEASONS Magazine

J.D. Vance, Courtesy Photo.

 UCSB Arts & Lectures is presenting bestselling author, J.D. Vance, October 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Granada Theatre (1214 State St.).

Vance is delivering a public lecture titled Hillbilly Elegy: A Culture in Crisis, based off of his No. 1 New York Times bestselling book, Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

A proud product of the Rust Belt, Vance made his way from the Marines to Yale Law School and into the Bay Area tech world.

He is now the partner in Revolution LLC, which concentrates on bolstering entrepreneurship and disruptive, high-growth companies outside of the sphere of Silicon Valley.

Vance is also the founder of Our Ohio Renewal, a nonprofit dedicated to addressing Ohio’s opioid crisis and bringing high-quality employment and educational opportunities.

His gripping memoir is a powerful examination of how social policies affect some of the poorest communities in the U.S. The Washington Post refers to Vance as “the voice of the Rust Belt,” and his book exploded into the national political conversation during the last presidential election campaign.

Vance presents people with a unique picture of the loss of the American dream. His insider perspective from an often-forgotten corner of the country offers insight into how downward mobility really feels.

Vance regularly discusses politics and public policy. He has appeared on ABC, CBS and FOX News and currently serves as a contributor on CNN.

For tickets and more information, call UCSB Arts & Lectures at 805/893-3535 or visit www.ArtsAndLectures.UCSB.edu, or contact The Granada Theatre at 805/899-2222.

—Lohana Richmond

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