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Khalida Brohi, 2016 Common Reading Invited Lecture and Founder of the Sughar Empowerment Foundation

When she was a teenager in the Balochistan region of Pakistan, Khalida Brohi witnessed the honor killing of her friend, who had married for love. Today, she’s the founder and executive director of the Sughar Empowerment Society. The nonprofit, whose name means “skilled and confident woman,” provides Pakistani tribal women with the education, skills, and income opportunities to empower them to take a leadership role in their households, their communities, and the world. Brohi’s goal is to change the lives of one million women in Pakistan. A charismatic speaker who has addressed numerous global forums, Brohi is a significant young leader whose passion for improving the lives of women and girls is coupled with her creative leadership for doing so. Verification of attendance provided.

Screening of A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness

This documentary by Pakistani filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy won the 2016 Academy Award for Best Short Documentary, her second award in that category. This 40-minute film focuses on honor killing, a practice that results in the death or injury of more than 1,000 Pakistani girls and women each year, especially in rural areas. A Girl in the River tells the story of Saba, an 18-year-old girl who fell in love and eloped, was targeted by her father and uncle, but survived to tell her story. Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy will be speaking on campus on November 15. Sponsored by SEB Arts & Culture Film Festival. Common Reading Stamp available.

Charles Weller (History) on “Islamic Contributions to Western Civilization in a World Historical Perspective”

This talk will highlight all the ways — medically, scientifically, technologically, educationally, philosophically, culturally, linguistically, economically — that the Islamic world has contributed to “Western Civilization.” It will emphasize the interdependence of all peoples and cultures historically with a view to promoting mutual understanding, peace and cooperation through recognition of the significant heritage we share. This view suggests a fundamental redefining of the way we understand “the West” and “Islam” and their relation to one another both historically and presently. Co-hosted by the WSU History Club. Common Reading Stamp available.

Screening of Bajrangi Bhaijaan

This 2015 film, part of the Bollywood on the Palouse series, is the story of an Indian Hindu man who embarks on a journey to take a mute six-year-old Pakistani girl, separated in India from her parents, back to her hometown in Pakistan. This ”feel-good” film has been has been very popular in both India and Pakistan even as it highlights some of the regional conflicts between those countries. Sponsored by the WSU College of Arts and Sciences, Honor’s College, Foreign Languages and Cultures, and Asia Program. Free admission. Common Reading stamp available.