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On Monday 3 December, Michelle Obama will be speaking at Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School in Islington, London, as part of her visit to the UK to celebrate the publication of her memoir, Becoming.

The Penguin Talk will see Mrs. Obama joined by three young alumni and Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Executive Head teacher, Jo Dibb, for a conversation on the on the importance of education in front of an audience of 250+ school pupils from both Elizabeth Garrett Anderson and Mulberry School in East London. Mrs. Obama has a longstanding relationship with the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson and Mulberry School communities, having visited and engaged with both on several occasions during her time as First Lady of the United States. 

The event will be filmed by Penguin as part of the Penguin Talks series, with the video to be made free and available to all to watch on the Penguin Books YouTube channel later in the week. Penguin will also be making a free teaching resource, based on the central themes and ideas of Becoming, available to download on its Penguin Talks webpage

Penguin Talks is a programme of free creative talks hosted by Penguin for young people across the UK, which give the audience the opportunity to both hear from and directly question a world-renowned thinker, writer or influential figure from our family of authors. 

Our aim is to help equip young people for the future by introducing a new generation of readers to new ideas and perspectives, and broadening their understanding of issues which speakers feel to be particularly prevalent for this generation.

Watch the inaugural Penguin Talk, featuring global phenomenon Yuval Noah Harari in conversation with Russell Brand, to discuss ideas from his book 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, here

  • Becoming

  • In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America-the first African-American to serve in that role-she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.

    In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her-from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it-in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations-and whose story inspires us to do the same.

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