Tara Westover

Tara Westover, whose bestselling memoir “Educated” is about her transformation from the daughter of survivalists who was kept out of school into a Cambridge doctoral graduate, will speak at Montana State University’s 2019 Convocation on Aug. 22.

in the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. Westover’s lecture is free and open to the public, but advance tickets are required.

Tickets are available at the Bobcat Ticket Office, all Ticketswest outlets and online for MSU’s Aug. 22 convocation featuring Tara Westover. The author of “Educated,” the bestselling memoir about the redemptive power of education, will speak at MSU’s 2019 Convocation in Brick Breeden Fieldhouse.

While admission is free and open to the public, advance tickets are required for the event, which will be held at 7:30 p.m., Aug. 22, to celebrate MSU’s incoming freshman class.

Westover is a historian and writer known for her personal journey that is detailed in her memoir. Born to survivalist parents who opposed public education, Westover grew up near Buck’s Peak in southeastern Idaho. She was not allowed to attend school, have a birth certificate or see a doctor. Yet she taught herself enough mathematics, grammar and science to take the ACT and was admitted to Brigham Young University when she was 16. She graduated magna cum laude from BYU in 2008 and won the Gates Cambridge Scholarship. She earned a doctorate in history from Trinity College, Cambridge, and has been a visiting fellow at Harvard University.

“Educated” has been at the top of many bestseller lists for more than a year including The New York Times’ list, where it has been on or near the top of the nonfiction list for 66 weeks. “Educated” has also won many awards, including being a finalist for the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence. She recently was named to the Time 100 list of the most influential people of the year, nominated by Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who wrote that “’Educated’ isn’t a political book, but it touches on common divides in our country: red states vs. blue states, rural vs. urban, college-educated vs. not. Tara has a lot of smart things to say about overcoming those divides.”

Westover will conduct a master class for MSU students on Aug. 22. All MSU students, including students in Gallatin College and the Graduate School, may apply to participate. The deadline for application is 10 p.m., Aug. 11. The application may be found at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Westover2019.

MSU’s Convocation is the formal welcome of the incoming class, where the university focuses attention on the start of the academic, intellectual and personal journey of first-year students. Westover’s lecture will be part of MSU’s 14th convocation.

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