Campus & Community Events

Join the conversation about “The Glass Castle” at a visit by author Jeanette Walls and events throughout the Fall. All events are open to members of the community as well as ESU students, faculty and staff.

Author Visit – Thursday, November 2nd

“The Glass Castle: Demon Hunting and Other Life Lessons” with author & speaker Jeanette Walls

Drawing from her compelling memoir, “The Glass Castle,” which has been adapted into a highly-anticipated major motion picture, set for release in August 2017, Jeannette Walls shares anecdotes from her childhood and from throughout her life, demonstrating that we all have more in common than we think and that our flaws can be our greatest assets.

With a powerful message of confronting your past and facing your fears that resonates with audiences everywhere, her story of triumph makes audiences walk away with a positive attitude toward the “demons” in their lives.

Schedule of Events

All events located at Abeloff Center for the Performing Arts.

  • 7:30 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.: Presentation
  • 8:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.: Q & A
  • 8:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: Book Signing (30 minutes)

Upcoming Events for Fall 2017

To celebrate Jeannette Walls’ visit to East Stroudsburg University in the fall semester, we will be holding various events covering issues prominent in her memoir, The Glass Castle. We hope you will join us.

  • Friday, August 25th through Thursday, September 7th
    “The Glass Castle” Film
    Playing at Pocono Cinema & Cultural Center
  • Thursday, September 14th, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Hillbillies, Rednecks, & The Walls Family: Exploring History and Folklore in “The Glass Castle”
    Come out and explore Jeannette Walls’ Memoir with Dr. Shannon Frystak, Professor of History, as she discusses how history and folklore intersect in “The Glass Castle.”
    Beers Lecture Hall
  • Wednesday, September 20th, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    The Haves and the Have-Nots: Exploring Poverty and Sociology in “The Glass Castle”
    Are you wondering how the Walls family survived in Welch, West Virginia or the impact poverty had on their lives? Come out and explore Jeannette Walls’ Memoir with Dr. Marianne Cutler, Associate Professor of Sociology, as she explores the topics of poverty and sociology in relation to “The Glass Castle.”
    Beers Lecture Hall
  • Tuesday, September 26th, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Turning Points in Life: Exploring the Art of Memoir Writing in “The Glass Castle”
    Have you thought about how to tell your story? Come out and explore the art of memoir writing with Dr. Nancy VanArsdale, Professor of English.
    Stroud Hall Room 314, Computer Lab
  • Tuesday, October 3rd, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Let’s Talk about The Glass Castle
    Are you wondering what others around campus are thinking about The Glass Castle? Join us for a campus-wide discussion of “The Glass Castle.” This event will allow us a chance to hear from all members of our campus—students, staff, faculty, and administrators!
    Monroe Hall B01
  • Thursday, October 12th, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Students Debate Issues in “The Glass Castle.”
    Presenters: The Frederick Douglas Debate Society led by Dr. Storm Heter.
    Monroe Hall B01
  • Tuesday, October 17th, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Presentation on Addiction
    Presenter: Dr. Linda Van Meter
    Beers Lecture Hall
  • Wednesday, October 25th, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Doing the Skedaddle: Performances from “The Glass Castle”
    Presenter: Dr. Stephanie French
    Beers Lecture Hall