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Presidential Lecture Series

 

The lecture series, sponsored by the Office of the President and the Office of Engaged Learning, is an initiative to help enhance the academic exchange on campus. This event brings in some of the nation’s very best scholars and experts to speak to UVU faculty, staff, and students. Two lectures are presented each school year, typically in the Clarke Building.

Recent Lecture

Tara Westover

Tara Westover is an American author. Born in Idaho to a father opposed to public education, she never attended school. An older brother taught her to read, and after that her education was erratic and haphazard, with most of her days spent working in her father’s junkyard or stewing herbs for her mother. 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 received an MPhil from Trinity College, Cambridge in 2009 and in 2014 was awarded a Ph.D. in history. Currently, she is a Harvard Kennedy School Senior Research Fellow, working on projects related to media and political polarization.

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 was an instant commercial and critical success, debuting at #1 on The New York Times bestseller list and remaining on the list for more than two years. It was also a finalist for a number of national awards, including the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. The New York Times named Educated one of the 10 Best Books of 2018, and the American Booksellers Association voted it the Nonfiction Book of the Year.

To date, Educated has sold more than 4 million copies and has been translated into 41 languages. President Barack Obama included Educated on his annual reading list, calling it “remarkable,” and Bill Gates listed it as one of his favorite books of the year, saying, “It’s even better than you’ve heard.” For her staggering impact, TIME magazine named Westover one of the 100 most influential people of 2018.

Previous Lectures

Greg Miller

Greg Miller

The lecture series, sponsored by the Office of the President and the Office of Engaged Learning, is an initiative to help enhance the academic exchange on campus. This event brings in some of the nation’s very best scholars and experts to speak to UVU faculty, staff, and students. Two lectures are presented each school year, typically in the Clarke Building.

Kim Scott

Kim Scott

Kim Scott is the author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity. Kim led AdSense, YouTube, and DoubleClick online sales and operations at Google, and then joined Apple to develop and teach a leadership seminar. Kim has been a CEO coach at Dropbox, Qualtrics, Twitter, and several other tech companies.

Terry Crews

Terry Crews

Terry Crews rose to fame from an impoverished childhood in Flint, Michigan. His titles include former NFL player, best-selling author, artist, and actor. He built a career with memorable roles in action movies (“The Expendables”) and TV (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), and as a game-show host (“Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”). Crews speaks passionately for women’s rights, and human rights, and against sexism.

Tererai Trent

Tererai Trent

Dr. Tererai Trent is one of today’s most internationally recognized voices for quality education and women’s empowerment. Distinguished as Oprah Winfrey’s “All-Time Favorite Guest,” Tererai is a scholar, humanitarian, motivational speaker, educator, author, and founder of Tererai Trent International.