An Evening with Tara Westover

An Evening with Tara Westover

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Please enjoy a conversation between Saint Mary’s College President, Katie Conboy, and New York Times bestselling author, Tara Westover, as they discuss her memoir, Educated, and address some of the most asked questions about her journey.

Educated

About Our Guest Speaker

Tara Westover is an American author. Born in Idaho to a father opposed to public education, she never attended school. She spent her days working in her father's junkyard or stewing herbs for her mother, a self-taught herbalist and midwife. Taught to read by an older brother, her education was erratic and incomplete. She was 17 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 earned an MPhil from Trinity College, Cambridge in 2009, and in 2010 was a visiting fellow at Harvard University. She returned to Cambridge, where, in 2014, she was awarded a PhD in history. In 2018, she published her memoir, Educated, which explores her struggle to reconcile her desire for education and autonomy with her desire to be loyal to her family.

Educated

About Our President

Katie Conboy, Ph.D. serves as the 14th president in the College’s 176-year history. She began her tenure on June 1, 2020, arriving at Saint Mary’s with more than three decades of experience in Catholic higher education, the liberal arts, and women’s colleges. An imaginative and energetic leader, her enthusiasm for this role is fueled by her understanding of the College’s rich historical identity and enduring focus on innovation. She co-edited the book Writing on the Body: Female Embodiment and Feminist Theory (Columbia University Press, 1997), and is the author of scholarly articles on British and American fiction, Irish literature and feminist theory.

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