Events for the Month

Now thru April 15th - Common Reading Essay Contest. Click here for more info.

April 15: 7:00 pm - Byrd Center for Legislative Studies Auditorium
Impasse: Facing Ethical and Ideological Divides – with Panelists Mark Cantrell, Pamela Ellis, and Stephanie Slocum-Schaffer
Sponsored by the George Washington Institute of Living Ethics and the Shepherd University Common Reading Program. Refreshments to follow.

April 22: 5:00 pm – Byrd CLS Auditorium – refreshments to follow.
Film: Girl Rising - Watch the trailer.


Vote Now through March 31st!




The votes are in…I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education and was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb has been selected as the 2014-2015 Common Reading.

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, Malala Yousfzai spoke out, refusing to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. In retaliation, the Taliban sought to kill her. On October 9, 2012, a Taliban fighter boarded her school bus, asked “Who is Malala?”, and shot her in the head at point-blank range; few expected her to survive. Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on a journey from her remote Pakistani village to the halls of the United Nations. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize. This is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, of a father who, himself a teacher and school owner, encouraged his daughter to attend school, and of Malala, one of the leading human rights activists in the world today.

"Ms. Yousafzai has single-handedly turned the issue of the right of girls--and all children--to be educated into headline news. And she is a figure worth hearing." (Isabel Berwick, Financial Times)

"The victory of Malala Yousafzai is that she's just getting started." (Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon)

“According to the Associated Press, a study by UNESCO and Save the Children found that there were more than 3,600 documented attacks related to education in 2012, including violence, torture and intimidation against children and teachers, resulting in death or grave injuries, as well as the shelling and bombing of schools and the recruitment of school-aged children by armed groups.” from The Washington Post



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