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: 12:30 pm -1:30 pm - 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: 5:00 pm – 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
Click here for more information.

Thursday, Oct. 30: 12:30 pm-1:30pm – Cumberland Room

“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.

Tuesday, Nov. 4th: 7:00 pm in Erma Ora Byrd Auditorium - Dinner & a Movie – join us for this film after you enjoy the common reading themed dinner at the SU Dining Hall.

BHUTTO (2010) is the definitive theatrical documentary about one of the most complex and fascinating characters of our time. Benazir Bhutto was born into a wealthy family that became the dominant political dynasty in Pakistan. Often referred to as the "Kennedys of Pakistan" the Bhutto dynasty shares a legacy of both tragedy and triumph with its American counterpart. Following in her father's footsteps as a pillar for democracy, Bhutto was expected to dominate Pakistan's 2008 elections but was assassinated in a bombing in December 2007, two weeks before the scheduled 2008 general election in which she was a leading opposition candidate.  This major event sent shock waves throughout the world and transformed her from political messiah into a martyr for the common man. Malala Yousafzai cites Bhutto as one of her heroines and many have compared Malala’s influence and determination to that of the slain prime minister. The story of Benazir Bhutto is the story of Pakistan.

Friday, Nov. 14th: Late Night In The Zone – International Theme

This month’s LNITZ event will focus on an International theme – including the music, art, culture and food of Pakistan. Stop by for henna body art, delicious food, and a middle eastern dance vibe.


Tues. Dec. 9: 3-5 pm – Ram’s Den

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


Feb. 27th: 7pm - Reynolds Hall

Film: WADJDA, in conjunction with Shepherdstown Film Society & Common Reading Program. See more...


March 11th: 4:00 pm -Storer Ballroom – Student Center.

“My Masculinity Helps” Social Justice Issues: Sexual Assault Prevention| Wednesday March 11th | 4:00 p.m. | MY MASCULINITY HELPS explores the role of African American men and boys in the prevention of sexual violence. The message however applies to all men and women as we focus on prevention of sexual violence on our campus and support for our survivors. Please consider encouraging your students participation in the program and if you wish to offer extra credit sign in sheets can be provided upon request. Students who attend will be entered to win either a Kindle or Beats Headphones. A flyer for this event can be emailed to you by contacting Rhonda Jackson at Sponsored by The Office for Multicultural Student Affairs. Click here for more info.


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

April 6th: 4 pm in Byrd Center for Legislative Studies auditorium

"Girls' Education in Islamic Societies: A Historical Overview." 
Lecture with Dr. Sara Scalenghe, Associate Professor of History at Loyola University.  

The talk will first survey the history of education of Muslim girls and women from the rise of Islam in the seventh century to the present day, and will then focus on today's Pakistan and Afghanistan. A central theme will be whether "Islam" disapproves of girls' education. Click here for more info.

Refreshments to follow
Sponsored by the Shepherd University Common Reading Program & SU Foundation
For more information: (304) 876-5461 or

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