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    • Wed, March 14, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • William Reif Gallery

    Wednesday, March 14

    The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win WWII 
    by Denise Kiernan

    At the height of WWII, Oak Ridge, Tennessee was the home to a secret city that did not appear on any map. Thousands of civilians, many of the young women, were recruited to this secret city by the promise of solid wages and war-ending work. Very few knew what they were doing there, and they wouldn't find out until the end of the war, when Oak Ridge's secret was revealed and changed the world forever.

    • Wed, April 11, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • William Reif Gallery

    Wednesday, April 11

    Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis 
    by J.D. Vance

    The Vance family story began with hope in postwar America. J.D.'s grandparents were "dirt poor and in love" and moved north from Kentucky's Appalachian region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. Eventually one of their grandchildren would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of success in achieving generational upward mobility. But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out, we learn that J.D.'s family struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life.

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