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. She was seventeen 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 she was awarded a PhD in history in 2014.
Biography adapted from https://tarawestover.com/book/. Photo Credit Lorentz Gullachsen.
Welcome Weekend Schedule of Events
The Distinguished Lecture Committee has invited Tara Westover to address our students
as our 18th Summer Reading keynote speaker.
This event will kick off of the new school year and all MTSU students, parents, alumni, faculty and staff are invited to attend.