Her lecture is free and open to the public.
Join us at MSU Convocation to celebrate your entrance into Montana State University.
Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019
Doors open at 6:30pm
Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
Tara Westover, whose bestselling memoir about the transformative power of being educated will speak
at MSU’s 2019 Convocation on Aug. 22 in Brick Breeden Fieldhouse.
Westover is a historian and writer known for her courageous personal journey that
is detailed in her memoir “Educated.” Westover was born to survivalist parents who
opposed public education and 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.
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 at 7:30 p.m. Thursday,
Aug. 22, in the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. Westover’s lecture is free and open to the
public, but advance tickets are required. They will be available June 10. Supplied
photo by Lorentz Gullachsen.
“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 bestseller
list for 60 weeks. “Educated” has also won many book awards, including being a finalist
for the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence.
In preparation for Montana State University's 2019 convocation, students will read
The Master Class with Tara Westover will allow students the opportunity to interact with this incredible speaker and
author in a more personalized, smaller group setting.
Application to Participate in the Master Class with Tara Westover, August 22, 2019 4-5 PM,
Procrastinator Theater SUB, Deadline to apply: Sunday August 11, 2019 10 PM MST”
The Master Class application is open to all MSU students, including students in Gallatin
College and the Graduate School.
More information coming soon.
Members of MSU’s incoming freshman class have reserved seats and will not need tickets to attend the event.
For more information, please contact:
Provost Robert Mokwa
Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Disabled students wishing to request an accommodation may contact 406-994-2824.