President's Blog

A beautiful prize – Malala Yousafzay


What a beautiful thing, for a Pakistani girl who just 2 years ago was shot in the head for defending the right of girls to go to school, to be honored with the greatest of honors: the Nobel Peace Prize.  What better example for people young and old.  What great role model for a university whose motto is “freedom and learning”.  I was moved by her last year when I listened to her at Clinton Global Initiative.  I was inspired by her commitment to her cause.  By her willingness to risk her own life for a cause she believes is greater than herself.


“Knowledge is the pathway from slavery to freedom”, said Fredrick Douglass.

“Only the educated are free”, said Epictetus.

“All I want is an education, and I am afraid of no one”, said Malala Yousafzai

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