Berkshire School proudly announces the 2014-15 All-School Read. This summer, students, faculty, staff, parents and alumni will read I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai. Last year’s All-School Read program focused on Tracy Kidder’s Strength in What Remains, and culminated with an inspirational campus visit by the book’s central focus, Deogratias Niyizonkiza. (Read about the event here.) We expect the 2014-15 All-School Read to have an equally profound impact on our community.
Marie Arana of the Washington Post writes, “This is a book that should be read not only for its vivid drama but for its urgent message about the untapped power of girls.” I Am Malala is an autobiographical account of one young woman’s unrelenting ambition to empower girls and make education available to all. Starting with the Taliban’s insurgence into Pakistan’s tribal Swat Valley and ending with her speech to the United Nations, Malala takes the reader on a journey through the darkest days of her childhood to absolute hope in the midst of sheer malice. Through her story, we see the power and courage of one young woman who refuses to be silenced and argues for the supreme value of education: “Let us pick up our books and our pens,” the now 16-year-old told young leaders from 100 countries at the United Nations Youth Assembly in New York last year. “They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world. Education is the only solution.”
As part of the program, Shiza Shahid, CEO and co-founder of the Malala Fund, will be addressing the community and guests as the keynote speaker on September 19th. A graduate of Stanford University, Shiza was previously a business analyst at McKinsey & Company in the Middle East. She is now leading the Malala Fund in its work to empower girls through education. Shiza was recently named one of TIME magazine’s “30 Under 30 World Changers” and to Forbes “30 Under 30″ list of social entrepreneurs.
Shiza's Lecture and Book Signing Event on September 19th takes place at 7 p.m. in Allen Theater and is free and open to the public. Click here to register. Call Jodi Rathbun with any questions or for additional information at 413-229-1308.
Don Goodrich ’61, Mati Amin ’08 and Shabana Basij-Rasikh will be sharing their experiences with students, faculty, and staff during a panel discussion and class visits. This event is not open to the public.
The primary goal of the ASR program is to promote critical thinking by approaching a work of literature, be it fiction or non-fiction, through various media. Students will have the opportunity to engage an author's work through not only a traditional literary perspective but also from a scientific, economic, or historic perspective. On a larger scale, this program encourages all constituents of the School (parents, faculty, staff and alumni) along with its local community, to be a part of this enriching program while embracing our School motto: Pro Vita Non Pro Schola Discimus, "Learning--not just for school but for life."
Link to The Malala Fund website here.
Watch these videos here:
Shiza Shahid’s “30 Under 30” Interview
Tedx: Shiza Shahid
Shabana Basij-Rasikh's talk at TEDxWomen 2012
Please be sure to come back and visit this page as we are continuing to develop the program. To see what was done during last year's program, click here: ASR 2013.