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I Am Malala Events 2014-2015


Tuesday, August 19: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The New York Times will host a free webcast with Malala as part of their “TimesTalks” series. Click here to watch the talk from 6:30 – 8:00 pm EDT on Tuesday, Aug. 19th.

Friday, Aug. 29: 7:00 pm

Shepherdstown Film Society’s August 29 Film Charlie Wilson’s War gives background to the events in the Common Reading book I Am Malala.

The Common Reading, I Am Malala gives historical context for the events that occurred in the Swat Valley that led to the shooting of Malala Yousafzai. For example, during the Taliban terror campaign in Swat in 2009 the province information minister pointed to the Pakistani policy of training militants and sending them to Afghanistan, first to fight the Russians, then to fight the Americans. He said, “If we had not put guns in the hands of madrasa students at the behest of foreign powers we would not be facing this bloodbath in the tribal areas and Swat.”

The Shepherdstown Film Society’s first offering for the fall semester, on Friday August 29, is Charlie Wilson’s War.  This film dramatizes the actions of some of the political and military players in the United States and Pakistan who “put guns in the hands of madrasa students” in the 1980s.
During the Russian occupation of Afghanistan, Texas Congressman Charlie Wilson got the bright idea of funneling arms to the mujahideen resistance fighters.  With bravado, swagger and charm, Wilson brought the CIA, the Pakistani army and others into his plot to save Afghanistan from communism. We are still living in the aftermath of his dream.

The film will be shown in Reynolds Hall at 7:00 p.m. There is no admission charge.  The film will be followed by a discussion led by Dr. Ray Smock, Director of the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies. Shepherd University Students are encouraged to see this film.


Thursday, Sept. 4: 12:30pm -1:30pm - Byrd CLS auditorium

“Malala’s Pakistan – On the Edge of Two Worlds” – a lecture by Shepherd professor of History, Dr. David Gordon.

Monday, September 15: 9:00 am – 11:00 am Scarborough Library Front Porch

Free food and music! 4th Annual Library Breakfast on the Porch in conjunction with the Common Reading


Thursday, Oct. 9: 5:00pm – 6:30 pm – Byrd CLS auditorium

“’I Don’t Feel It Is A Story About Me At All’:   I Am Malala and the Constructed Image of Women in the Muslim World”   by Dr. Colleen Clemens

Monday, Oct. 27: 12:00pm-1:00pm – Rumsey Room – SU Student Center –

“Our Life in Pakistan” – local couple, Fred & Lois Turco discuss the years they spent living in Pakistan – free pizza provided


Tuesday, Nov. 4: 4:30-8:00 pm - Common Reading Themed Dinner

Free for students on the meal plan; $7.50 for all other guests. All you can eat; specialty foods and cultural displays from Pakistan and the Middle East.


Tues. Dec. 9: 3-5pm – Ram’s Den

Cultural Clothing poster session -
Visit this poster session to learn more about the unique cultural dress of Pakistan.