A Conversation with Tara Westover
A Geisel Library 50th Anniversary Signature Event: Tara Westover, the New York Times best-selling author of Educated, will discuss her quest for knowledge that began at age 17 when she stepped foot in a classroom for the very first time. This virtual event will be moderated by Helen V. Griffith, Ed.D., executive director of The Preuss School UC San Diego. About Tara Westover: Born in Idaho to a father opposed to public education, Tara Westover never attended school. An older brother taught her to read, and after that her education was erratic and haphazard, with most of her days spent working in her father’s junkyard or stewing herbs for her mother. Westover was 17 years old the first time she set foot in a classroom. After that first encounter with education, she pursued learning for a decade, graduating magna cum laude from Brigham Young University in 2008 and subsequently winning a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. She received an MPhil from Trinity College, Cambridge in 2009 and in 2014 was awarded a PhD in history.