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Hillbilly Elegy


Photo courtesy of MTSU News J.D. Vance, the author of “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and a Culture in Crisis” and 2017 MTSU convocation speaker, has come a long way since his humble beginnings in Middletown, Ohio. The 33-year-old venture capitalist has achieved success by not shying away from his impoverished past and …

Photo by Alexis Marshall / Assistant News Editor Thousands of students, parents, faculty and administration gathered at Murphy Center Saturday evening for MTSU’s 16th annual University Convocation. The event included several speakers, including J.D. Vance, author of the university’s summer reading book “Hillbilly Elegy.” The ceremony marked the official beginning of college for those entering the …