WVU Reads: A Campus Read Podcast

WVU Reads: A Campus Read Podcast

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.

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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 …

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. 

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 …

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…

In this episode, Geoff talks with Delia Trickett about reading Educated with a group of incarcerated men at the federal prison in Hazelton, WV. They read from the men's responses to the book and discuss the sometimes surprising points of contact the men found with Tara Westover's story.

In this episode, Geoff talks with Lena Cerbone, Director of Midwifery Services in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at WVU. Geoff and Lena talk about midwifery as it's depicted in Educated and as it is practiced here in West Virginia and elsewhere. They also talk about what it mean…

In this episode, Geoff talks with Dr. Crystal Smith from the Equine Studies program at WVU. Dr. Smith is a Teaching Associate Professor in the Division of Animal and Nutritional Sciences with the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design. She leads the Equine Studies minor …

This week, Geoff welcomes Lynne Stahl into the studio to discuss Westover's book. Lynne Stahl is the Humanities Librarian at WVU. She has a PhD in English from Cornell. Prior to coming to WVU, she worked for the Portland Public Library. Geoff and Lynne talk about some of the book's blind spo…

This week Geoff talks to Cutter Wood, author of Love and Death in the Sunshine State: The Story of a Crime, about the unreliability of memory and the constraints of narrative. Cutter talks about the obligations that memoir imposes and the possibilities it affords. A recipient of an NEA fello…

This week Geoff talks to Derek Krissoff, director of WVU Press, about how books are made and marketed, what kinds of labor goes into making a book, and why we value them. Check out the press at wvupressonline.com.Thanks to our producers, Nick Kratsas and SeVohn Hunter, and to Sean Graham for…

This week Geoff talks to Bob Bridges, curator of the WVU Art Museum, about the Campus Read art show currently on exhibit in Stewart Hall, entitled “Constructing a Life: A Visual Response to Educated.”Find out more about the exhibit by visiting https://campusread.wvu.edu/attend-our-eventsThan…

This week, Geoff talks with Johanna Winant, assistant professor of English at WVU, about the power of interpretation and the role reading played in Tara Westover's intellectual and personal development. Along the way, Professor Winant explains the ways in which close reading and analysis--th…

This week, Geoff talks with Marion Holmes, director of AdventureWV, about adventures big and small. They look at two passages from "Educated" about the author’s experiences growing up in the mountains of Idaho and use them to think through the powerful and surprising ways we can be educated …

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 …

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. 

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 …

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…

In this episode, Geoff talks with Delia Trickett about reading Educated with a group of incarcerated men at the federal prison in Hazelton, WV. They read from the men's responses to the book and discuss the sometimes surprising points of contact the men found with Tara Westover's story.

In this episode, Geoff talks with Lena Cerbone, Director of Midwifery Services in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at WVU. Geoff and Lena talk about midwifery as it's depicted in Educated and as it is practiced here in West Virginia and elsewhere. They also talk about what it mean…

In this episode, Geoff talks with Dr. Crystal Smith from the Equine Studies program at WVU. Dr. Smith is a Teaching Associate Professor in the Division of Animal and Nutritional Sciences with the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design. She leads the Equine Studies minor …

This week, Geoff welcomes Lynne Stahl into the studio to discuss Westover's book. Lynne Stahl is the Humanities Librarian at WVU. She has a PhD in English from Cornell. Prior to coming to WVU, she worked for the Portland Public Library. Geoff and Lynne talk about some of the book's blind spo…

This week Geoff talks to Cutter Wood, author of Love and Death in the Sunshine State: The Story of a Crime, about the unreliability of memory and the constraints of narrative. Cutter talks about the obligations that memoir imposes and the possibilities it affords. A recipient of an NEA fello…

This week Geoff talks to Derek Krissoff, director of WVU Press, about how books are made and marketed, what kinds of labor goes into making a book, and why we value them. Check out the press at wvupressonline.com.Thanks to our producers, Nick Kratsas and SeVohn Hunter, and to Sean Graham for…

This week Geoff talks to Bob Bridges, curator of the WVU Art Museum, about the Campus Read art show currently on exhibit in Stewart Hall, entitled “Constructing a Life: A Visual Response to Educated.”Find out more about the exhibit by visiting https://campusread.wvu.edu/attend-our-eventsThan…

This week, Geoff talks with Johanna Winant, assistant professor of English at WVU, about the power of interpretation and the role reading played in Tara Westover's intellectual and personal development. Along the way, Professor Winant explains the ways in which close reading and analysis--th…

This week, Geoff talks with Marion Holmes, director of AdventureWV, about adventures big and small. They look at two passages from "Educated" about the author’s experiences growing up in the mountains of Idaho and use them to think through the powerful and surprising ways we can be educated …

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