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Shining a Light on the Poor White Underclass

Tuesdays, September 19- November 7 10:00- 11:30 a.m.

Space Available
Course closing date: 9/19/2017
Location:  Brecksville United Church of Christ
Your Instructor(s) will be: Barbara Parr
For more information contact: Felicia Westbrooks, 216-368-2090

A spotlight on the white underclass recently has produced several new books on the topic. We will read and discuss the memoir of young JD Vance, which has hit the NYT best- seller list. Moving back in time, we will discuss the mid-20th century experiences of Jeannette Walls. Both Vance and Walls were born and raised in the depths of profound poverty and family dysfunction. Both explore the causes and consequences of being part of the American underclass. Finally, we will revisit the iconic novel, Huck Finn, a troubling and important book, which is written in the vocabulary and syntax of the uneducated son of the town drunk. Each of these books will allow us to examine a part of our American society that has, until recently, been largely ignored.
JD Vance, Hillbilly Elegy
Jeannette Walls, Glass Castle
Mark Twain, Huck Finn

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If you have any issues while registering please call us at 216-368-2090 or 216-368-2091
The Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program | Case Western Reserve University | 10900 Euclid Avenue | Cleveland, OH 44106-7116 | 216.368.2090 | lifelonglearning@case.edu

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