“Hillbilly Elegy” prompts Common Experience conversation on Appalachia’s past, present, future15th October 2017

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)—In 2015 venture capitalist and Ohio native J.D. Vance published “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis,” recalling the hardscrabble milieu of his youth and the values and attitudes that shaped and, in many ways continue to shape society in Appalachia. The book became an instant …


Art, film and panel discussion to consider body experience, image and shaming31st October 2016

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)—Three interrelated events spanning academic disciplines will explore issues of body experience, body images and body shaming as part of the Mental Health and Wellness Seminar series produced by Personal Counseling Services with the support of The Common Experience and the participation of the fine arts department. “Embedded and Embodied: …

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An interview with Zak Ebrahim, nonviolence advocate6th October 2016

Zak Ebrahim Biography Zak Ebrahim was born in Pittsburgh, Penn. in 1983, the son of an Egyptian industrial engineer and an American school teacher. When Ebrahim was seven, his father shot and killed the founder of the Jewish Defense League, Rabbi Meir Kahane. From behind bars his father, El-Sayyid Nosair, co-masterminded the 1993 bombing of …