This is a fantastic idea.  I have never thought of “I am Malala” in this context and love it.  What a creative way to explore a popular/important book.

If you need/want references/table/charts for the underrepresentation of women, I can help you there.

For the rest, I don’t have many resources, but the recent earthquake in Italy (developed world with old/undeveloped world buildings) compared to developing world and developing world buildings is fascinating. 

Please keep us/me informed.


Suzanne OConnell
Dept. of Earth & Environmental Sciences
Faculty Director McNair Scholars
Wesleyan University
Middletown, CT 06457
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From: Julie Libarkin
Reply-To: Julie Libarkin
Date: Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 6:34 PM
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Subject: FWD: Using a common book


We are piloting a common reading initiative at my college this semester and I 
would like to be part of that initiative. The book we are using is I Am Malala. Has 
anyone ever used a non-geology text in class? I teach physical geology and I am 
looking for ways to include parts of this book in the class. 

Some thoughts I had are:
1. the persistent underrepresentation of women in STEM fields
2. how geology can isolate and therefore have influence on society - example, the 
Swat Valley.
3. Earthquakes in the developing world vs. the developed world
4. Floods and mass wasting events in the developing world vs. the developed 

If you have any ideas to add, I would love to hear it!

Kristie Bradford
Associate Professor of Geology
Lone Star College -  Tomball
30555 Tomball Pkwy
Tomball, TX 77375
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