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J.D. Vance

Monday, January 30, 2017 / 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Author signing from 5:45-6:15PM in the Stewart Center West Lobby / "Hillbilly Elegy" available for purchase

Political commentator J.D. Vance will join President Mitch Daniels in an hour long discussion and audience Q&A.

J.D. Vance is a political commentator, Silicon Valley investment firm principal and New York Times best-selling author of the runaway hit “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis,” which the New York Times called “a compassionate, discerning sociological analysis of the white underclass that has helped drive the politics of rebellion, particularly the ascent of Donald J. Trump.”

He is also a frequent contributor to the New York Times and National Review and has appeared on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC and CNBC. Vance grew up in Middletown, Ohio, and Jackson, Kentucky, and served in Iraq with the Marine Corps after high school, before graduating from Ohio State University and Yale Law School.