2017-18 Common Reading Events  

Author and Special Guest Visits

New York Times bestseller "Hillbilly Elegy" by J.D. Vance


“MIGRATIONS and CULTURAL POPULATIONS," BGSU Faculty Panel with Clarence Page

Thursday, October 26, 3 - 4:15 p.m.
Mylander Room, 207 Bowen-Thomson Student Union

One of Mr. Page’s featured campus events is a discussion with BGSU faculty and graduate students regarding issues connected to migration, cultural populations, as a result of our reading "Hillbilly Elegy" and its focus on Appalachia.

Clarence Page, Scholar-In-Residence
Melissa Miller, Political Science
Andrew Schocket, American Culture Studies
Larry Smith, Humanities and English—Firelands
Moderator:  Ray Swisher, Sociology

Clarence Page PROMOPICClarence Page Presentation

Thursday, October 26, 2017, 7:30 - 8:45 p.m.
Bowen-Thompson Student Union, Lenhart Grand Ballroom

  • Speaker Presentation:  7:30 - 8:15 p.m.
  • Moderated Q&A: 8:15 - 8:35 p.m.
  • Audience Q&A:  8:35 - 8:45 p.m.

Pulitzer-winning journalist, Clarence Page, will be serving as BGSU’s common reading scholar-in-residence. Mr. Page has made reference to Vance’s book in some of his own writings and will address issues raised in the book, as well as other issues about culture and identity in the United States.


Vance JD PROMOPICAuthor J.D. Vance Presentation

Wednesday, November 29, 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Bowen-Thompson Student Union, Lenhart Grand Ballroom

  • Speaker Presentation:  7:30- 8:15 p.m.
  • Audience Q&A: 8:15 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Book Signing:  8:30 - 9:00 p.m.

New York Times bestseller “Hillbilly Elegy” by J.D. Vance tells a personal story of a family, and a culture, in crisis. A deeply moving memoir, with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, “Hillbilly Elegy” is the story of how upward mobility  really feels.