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Ziaudan Yousafzai, Father of Malala, To Speak at Penn State

Ziaudan Yousafzai, the father of famed Pakistani human rights activist Malala, will speak at Penn State courtesy of SPA at 8 p.m. on Nov. 18 in the Schwab Auditorium.

Yousafzai is the United Nations’ special advisor on Global Education and the Chair of the Malala Fund. His peaceful protests of the Taliban in the Pakistan’s Swat Valley garnered him international attention. He spoke at a TED talk last year about his daughter and the rights all humans deserve:

The 17-year old Malala famously wrote for the BBC under a pseudonym starting when she was 11. In the Swat Valley, the Taliban had banned all women from attending school, and her blog chronicled her life under the Taliban’s rule. She survived an assassination attempt in October 2012 after a gunman shot at her three times at nearly point-blank range. After that, she became internationally famous.

On how he raised her to become who she is today, her father said, “People ask me, what special is in my mentorship which has made Malala so bold and so courageous and so vocal and poised? I tell them, don’t ask me what I did. Ask me what I did not do. I did not clip her wings, and that’s all.”

Tickets will be available for free to students starting Nov. 4 and to the general public on Nov. 11. They can be acquired in the Bryce Jordan Center, HUB, and Downtown Theatre Center.

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Tim Gilbert

Former Managing Editor of this site, now just makes lots of #content for it from the Phyrst’s Table 69. Senior from Philadelphia. First-generation Penn Stater. I might go to law school after this, but I might not, too. “For the Glory” is in my email signature because I’m a douche. [email protected] is my email if you want to tell me why I suck. Alternatively, you can call me out on Twitter @OlGilb.


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