Ins⁠i⁠de ⁠t⁠he Bel⁠t⁠way: Cul⁠t⁠ure, Oppor⁠t⁠un⁠i⁠⁠t⁠y and J.D. Vance

By: The James Madison Institute / 2017




It is a cultural moment all on its own.J.D. Vance— author of the very popular “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” — offers the keynote remarks Thursday for a significant event at The Heritage Foundation in the nation’s capital. The leading conservative think tank releases “The 2017 Index of Culture and Opportunity: The Social and Economic Trends that Shape America,” and it is a humdinger.

“The problems of culture and opportunity demand smarter and better policy at all levels of government, participation of civic institutions, and energetic private-sector players. But asking the right questions is a necessary first step,” says Mr. Vance.

On hand for the thoughtful doings:Helen M. Alvare, George Mason University law professor; the Rev.Derek McCoy, executive vice president, Center for Urban Renewal and Education;William Mattox, director of the J. Stanley Marshall Center for Educational Options at James Madison Institute;Henry Olsen, senior fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center;Israel Ortega, spokesperson for the LIBRE Initiative. The 90-minute event will be livestreamed at 10 a.m. EDT at