The courageous story of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who refused to be silenced by the Taliban, has inspired people around the world and has become a global symbol of peaceful protest.
Her book I am Malala — which tells her story of surviving being shot in the head at point-blank range, at age 15, while riding the bus home from school — has generated widespread interest, including being selected as the the 2014-15 Go Big Read, the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s common reading program.
To assist educators and librarians in using this book for educational purposes, the Center for South Asia and Go Big Read at UW-Madison are sponsoring a special workshop on “I am Malala: Exploring the History and Culture behind the Story.” It will be held Saturday, September 13, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Memorial Library on the UW-Madison campus.
At the workshop, a variety of speakers will address the historical and cultural realities of modern-day Pakistan, and book-discussion facilitators will explore using the book in classrooms.
The fee is $25, and includes a copy of I am Malala, morning and afternoon breaks, and lunch.
Participants may register online at http://intl-institute.wisc.edu/payment/malala2014/. The registration deadline is Tuesday, September 9.
For more information about this event, contact Rachel Weiss, assistant director of the Center for South Asia, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (608) 262-9224.