The Common Reading program, an initiative of the Emory Integrity Project, is an opportunity for all incoming, first-year students to engage in meaningful conversation through a community narrative. Over the summer, it's strongly encouraged that you read the selected text in order to prepare for discussions in your residence hall, academic courses, and student groups. This year’s selected text is I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced, and she fought for her right to an education. In October 2012, when she was 15, she was shot in the head while riding the bus home from school. Malala’s heroic recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At 16, she emerged as a global symbol of peaceful protest. A year later she became the youngest recipient ever of the Nobel Peace Prize. I Am Malala will encourage readers to believe in the power of one person’s voice to stand up for what is right and inspire change in the world.

Engage with your peers and I Am Malala by following the Emory Integrity Project on social media, @EmoryIntegrity.

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The Emory Integrity Project welcomed Shiza Shahid on October 18th, as our inaugural Common Reading lecture.

Shahid is a social entrepreneur and co-founder fo the Malala Fund, and has been named Time Magazine's "30 Under 30 World Changers," and has made the Forbes' "30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs" list.  She is the mentor to Malala Yousafzai, author of I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliaban and Emory's inaugural First year Common Reading Program.