‘Hillbilly Elegy’ author J.D. Vance to speak at UA

J.D. Vance / Courtesy photo

The author of No. 1 bestseller, Hillbilly Elegy, is coming to Fayetteville.

Vance will give a lecture at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 6 at the Arkansas Union Theatre.

His lecture will be on what he describes as the “culture of crisis” facing white, working-class Americans, and the “slow decline of the demographic.”

From the UA’s description of the event:

In this timely talk, Vance sheds light on an often forgotten corner of the country, offering not just a powerful picture of how upward mobility really feels, but also the loss of the modern-day American dream.

Vance uses the term “hillbilly” with ambivalent pride to describe his extended family and the working class culture he grew up in. He was born in the Appalachian town of Jackson, Kentucky, and raised in Middletown, Ohio, but anyone who has lived in Arkansas will recognize the “hillbillies” he describes, the positive and negative qualities they share, along with the problems and frustrations they have experienced over the past 50 years.

The lecture is free to attend, and open to the public. No tickets are required, but seating is limited. The event is sponsored by the Center for Multicultural and Diversity Education.

There will be a question and answer session and brief reception after the lecture.