Oregon State University will bring best-selling author Cheryl Strayed to Corvallis in January as this year’s Discovery Lecture Series speaker. Strayed is the author of the No. 1 New York Times bestselling memoir Wild, which will be released as a major motion picture starring Reese Witherspoon next month.
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, with grit and humor as she struggles to find inner peace and stability.
The Discovery Lecture Series brings prominent scientists, acclaimed writers and key policymakers to Oregon State University to present on matters of national and international importance. The series is a project of the Office of the Provost and other Oregon State partners.
This year’s Discovery Lecture featuring Strayed will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 15 in Austin Auditorium at the LaSells Stewart Center. Book sales and signing will follow the lecture.