‘Educated’ author Tara Westover to speak at KU Common Book event

photo by: Paul Stuart

Tara Westover, author of "Educated"

An acclaimed memoir about a woman’s journey to education and autonomy will be the University of Kansas’ spring Common Book, and the author, Tara Westover, will participate in a related event.

Every year, KU chooses a Common Book to create a shared academic experience for students, faculty and staff. The KU Common Book program took a brief hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the university announced Tuesday that Westover’s “Educated” will be its Spring 2021 Common Book “Mini-Experience.”

“Educated,” a No. 1 New York Times bestseller, is about Westover’s upbringing by two survivalist parents who rejected formal education; despite having no high school diploma, Westover was eventually able to attend Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and Cambridge University in the United Kingdom.

KU’s Common Book Mini-Experience will include a virtual talk by Westover through the Hall Center’s Humanities Lecture Series. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26. Those interested may preregister on the Hall Center’s Crowdcast page: crowdcast.io/hallcenter.

photo by: Random House

Cover of Tara Westover’s memoir “Educated”


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