ELSAH — Principia’s Speaker Series will present educator, human rights campaigner and social activist Ziauddin Yousafzai as the Ernie and Lucha Vogel Moral Courage Speaker at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in Wanamaker Hall.
Yousafzai hails from Pakistan’s Swat Valley, where he peacefully resisted the Taliban’s efforts to shut down schools. At great personal risk and amid political violence, he spoke out through national and international media for children’s right to education.
Yousafzai also inspired his daughter, Malala Yousafzai, recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, to advocate for girls’ education. After Yousafzai survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban in 2012, she and her father co-founded the Malala Fund to empower girls worldwide through education. Yousafzai serves as board chairman for the Malala Fund and also acts as the United Nations special adviser on global education and the educational attaché to the Pakistani Consulate in Birmingham, England.
Christian Science Monitor Editor-in-Chief John Yemma will serve as moderator for the evening. Audience members will be invited to participate in a lively question-and-answer forum.
Admission is complimentary for Principia students, faculty, and staff; $15 for alumni and Gold & Blue Athletic Club members; $25 for the public. Tickets may be purchased at www.principia.edu/moralcouragetickets.