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Alumni and Parent Book Discussion: 'Educated'

Sunday, September 18, 2022 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Virtual Event

Welcome, WashU readers! Throughout the year, we will hold Alumni and Parent book discussions that aim to foster dialogue, learning and listening as the foundation of strong communities. Connect with members of the WashU community through an online forum to discuss current books, which pull from a variety of genres, and network. It's free to join. All you need is a copy of the book.

The September book selection is "Educated" by Tara Westover. Discussion questions are available for review.

Meeting Host: Mary Yeldham, AB '93, WashU Parent

Book Discussion Leaders: Jill Johnson, WashU Parent; Ashley Pease, WashU Parent; Subha Rajana, WashU Parent; and Elisa Waldman, WashU Parent

Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when Westover's older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Westover decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.

"Educated" is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty and of the grief that comes with severing the closest of ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes and the will to change it.

About Tara Westover and "Educated".

These discussions are sponsored by the WashU Engage Network.

Cost: Complimentary, registration is required.

NOTE: You will receive a confirmation email after completing registration. If you do not receive one, please email alumninetworks@wustl.edu.

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University Advancement
Event Contact

Jenna Kalkwarf

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