Cheryl Strayed - New York Times Bestselling Author
Doors open at 6 p.m., seating will be on a first come, first serve basis.
Chapman Auditorium, Memorial Hall
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About the author:
Cheryl Strayed is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Wild. At age 22, Strayed found herself shattered by two major life events: her mother’s sudden death from cancer and the end of her young marriage. After hitting rock bottom, Strayed decided to confront her emotional pain by trekking over 1,000 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail. Wild tells the amateur hiker’s tale, peppered with the colorful characters she encounters along the way, as she struggles to find inner peace and stability. Cheryl’s story inspired Oprah Winfrey to revive her tremendously popular book club, with Wild as its inaugural selection for the launch of Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. The story also inspired producer and actress Reese Witherspoon to bring Wild to the big screen in 2014. Cheryl’s personal struggles and story of survival motivate and inspire crowds. She is a dynamic speaker, and her moving rhetoric resonates with audiences of all sizes.
“Cheryl was one of the best speakers I have ever seen at Stanford or anywhere else, and this was something I heard again and again from faculty, deans, and students for many days. What struck people the most, especially students, was the combination of smarts and genuine, disarming warmth. What struck me most was how she elevated the whole room, and as corny as this might sound, it felt by the end of the evening that we had all received a blessing, in that old sense of an authorization and empowerment.”
— Stanford University
"She was gracious, funny, inspiring, and generous with the students at the school visit and with her fans that evening.
It was one of the best nights we’ve hosted in a long, long time. Truly a special evening.”
— Seattle Arts and Lectures
How do we retain wildness in ourselves? How do we stay in touch with those things that allow us to take risks, change patterns, and see the world differently? The event will discuss the importance of natural wildness – the wilderness that exists outside of our day to day living that preexists us, surrounds us, and yet can seem so far away. How do we reconnect to wilderness? And when we do what impact does it have on us?
After Mrs. Strayed's talk there will be an interactive discussion with a group of professional panelists including, Kelli Fuery, Claudine Jaenichen, Whitney McIntyre Miller and Georges Van Den Abbeele. After the event, Mrs. Strayed will be selling signed copies of her New York Times bestselling memoir Wild.