Take a trip with Geoff Hilsabeck through "Educated: A Memoir," by Tara Westover, West Virginia University's 2019-2020 Campus Read book. Join Geoff as he talks about the themes of "Educated," and discusses key points with colleagues and experts.
Geoffrey Hilsabeck is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of English at West Virginia University and the Community Outreach Fellow at the WVU Humanities Center. He is the author of Riddles, Etc. (The Song CCave, 2017). His poems and essays have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The Believer, Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere.
WVU Reads: Mountaineers Are Always Free
This week Geoff talks to Dr. Rosemary Hathaway about her new book, "Mountaineers Are Always Free: Heritage, Dissent, and a West Virginia Icon" (WVU Press).
WVU Reads: Teaching Reconstruction
This week, Geoff talks to Dr. Tiffany Mitchell Patterson from the College of Education and Human Services about teaching reconstruction and citizenship, black power, voting rights, and related topics. For further reading, check out Dr. Patterson's recent article in The Conversation, as well as Black Lives Matter at School, Teaching Tolerance, and Rethinking Schools.
WVU Reads: WV Innocence Project
In the spring season of WVU Reads, Geoff will continue to interview people from around campus but move away from Educated. This week, Geoff talks to Melissa Giggenbach and Hope DeLap from the West Virginia Innocence Project, which is affiliated with WVU College of Law.
If you enjoy the conversation and want to learn more about the WV Innocence Project, you can visit their website: wvinnoceneproject.law.wvu.edu. You can also follow them on Twitter @WVInnocence. If you're a student and are interested in helping them screen for clients, they are currently open for applications.
WVU Reads Episode 14: Bye (For Now)
In this episode, Geoff wraps up the fall semester and looks ahead to the future. WVU Reads will take a brief hiatus for the holidays. See you in January!
WVU Reads Episode 13: Home School
In this episode, Geoff talks with Melissa Sherfinski, associate professor of Early Childhood and Elementary Education, about Tara Westover's experiences as a home school student. They discuss what's lost and gained in that experience, not just for Tara but for her brothers. The conversation ranges across public and private education, knowledge funds, distance mentors, ideology, and other topics.
WVU Reads Episode 12: The First Gen Experience
In this episode, Geoff talks with Dr. Christina Fattore from the political science department about the ways her experience as a first gen student were and were not like Tara Westover’s. Topics covered include student loans, imposter syndrome, work-study and work/study, power and wealth, and the importance of feeding your soul.