Global Scholars Program Speaker Series

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Short-term Reading/Discussion Group

Join a small group, short term reading group of Creighton faculty, staff and students sponsored by the Global Engagement Office. The commitment involves three meetings: and two small group meetings to discuss the book by Nadia Murad, "The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and my Fight Against the Islamic State." During the second small group meeting there will be a time to discuss future interest in participation in reading groups related to global topics.

The first 50 people to register will receive a complimentary copy of the book autographed by Nadia Murad.

  • Week of October 21-24, 2019: Introductory meeting during which participants will watch and discuss the documentary "On Her Shoulders" (location and time based on registrations); free copies of the book to qualified participants will be distributed during the documentary meeting.
  • Week of October 28-31, 2019: First small group meetings to discuss the book by Nadia Murad, "The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and my Fight Against the Islamic State."
  • Week of November 11-14. 2019: Final small group meeting to discuss the book and interest in future book discussion topics.

This program is only open to Creighton University faculty, staff and students. You must be available for three sessions as listed above to qualify.



Speaker: Nadia MuradNadia Murad is a member of the Yazīdī minority in northern Iraq, and in 2014 the Islamic State (ISIL attacked her home village of Kocho, Sinjar District. Hundreds were massacred, including Nadia’s mother and six of her brothers. More than 6,700 girls and young women were abducted and held as sex slaves, including Murad. After three months she managed to flee.

In 2015, Murad left for Germany as part of a refugee program for survivors of ISIL, and in 2016, she was appointed the first United Nations’ Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking. She is the founder of Nadia’s Initiative, an organization dedicated to helping women and children victimized by genocide, mass atrocities, and human trafficking to heal and rebuild their lives and communities. In 2018, she earned the Nobel Peace Prize “for [her] efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.”