The inaugural selection for NYU Reads, Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover is the story of a woman who was raised in a survivalist family in rural Idaho and whose early instruction was not only informal but, in her own words, “erratic and incomplete.” Isolated from mainstream society, she stepped foot into a classroom for the first time at age 17 and thereafter embarked on a quest for knowledge that eventually led her to Cambridge University, where she earned a Ph.D. in history.

Published by Random House in 2018, Educated is Tara Westover’s first book and has spent over 75 weeks on The New York Times Best Sellers list. A finalist for the PEN/Jean Stein Award, as well as for both the Autobiography Award and the Leonard Award from the National Book Critics Circle, it also made both President Barack Obama’s Favorite Books of the Year list and Bill Gates’s Holiday Reading List. 

Tara Westover will discuss her journey and her memoir with Katherine E. Fleming, Provost of New York University. 

Skirball Talks hosts visionaries from the worlds of politics, the arts, sciences, academia, and more. This event is free and open to the public.

PLEASE READ IN FULL REGARDING SEAT RESERVATIONS: RSVP does not guarantee a ticket. You can begin picking up tickets at the NYU Box Office (566 LaGuardia Pl) 2 hours prior to event. Even if you have picked up a ticket, please be aware that if you are not seated in the theater by 6:20pm, we will be opening up the theater to people in the standby line. Tickets must be claimed by 6:10 pm. Unclaimed tickets will be released to those on the standby line.

NYU UNDERGRADUATES: If you are living in a residence hall, you may wish to check with your RA or your hall’s Faculty Fellow in Residence about the possibility of attending the event with a group. A limited number of reservations will also be available through the Center for Student Life; priority will be given to first-year commuter students. 

*The event will be livestreamed with captions (NYU ID and password required).

Tara Westover headshot
Tara Westover: photo credit Paul Stuart
"Educated": Random House, 2018