Nobel Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai to Speak at SJSU

Malala book cover

Malala published this memoir in 2013.

Update, March 26, 2015: The student tickets are sold out.

Media contacts:
Howard Szigeti, Unique Lives,, 416-449-8118
Pat Harris, SJSU Media Relations,, 408-924-1748

In October 2012, Malala Yousafzai was shot in her left forehead in an attempt by the Taliban to silence her. Just 15 years old, she was already an outspoken proponent for girls’ education in Pakistan, and throughout the world.

She not only survived the attack, but she continues to speak out while she completes her own high school education. Known to the world by her first name, Malala will speak at the San Jose State Event Center at 7 p.m. June 26.

The youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient ever will appear at the invitation of the Unique Lives & Experiences speaker series. She will be in conversation with one of her favorite authors, best-selling novelist Khaled Hosseini, whose books, including “The Kite Runner,” are set in Afghanistan, the country of his birth.

Tickets for the SJSU Community

A ticket pre-sale for SJSU students, faculty and staff will be held March 17-20 at the Event Center box office during regular hours.

  • SJSU students with Tower ID may purchase up to two tickets at $25 each.
  • SJSU faculty and staff members with Tower ID may purchase up to two tickets, with a $10 discount off the regular price for each ticket.

Tickets for the General Public

Ticket sales for the general public are slated to begin March 21 through Ticketmaster.

San Jose State — Silicon Valley’s largest institution of higher learning with 30,000 students and 3,740 employees — is part of the California State University system. SJSU’s 154-acre downtown campus anchors the nation’s 10th largest city.


Khaled Hosseini

President Qayoumi in Conversation With ‘The Kite Runner’ Author Khaled Hosseini

Khaled Hosseini

The pre-recorded event will air 7 p.m. Oct. 27 on KLIV.

By Pat Lopes Harris, Media Relations Director

A speaking engagement featuring author Khaled Hosseini in conversation with President Mohammad Qayoumi at a Commonwealth Club of Silicon Valley event will be aired by KLIV 7 p.m. Oct. 27.

Hosseini is Goodwill Envoy for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees; founder and president of the Khaled Hosseini Foundation; and the author of “The Kite Runner,” “A Thousand Splendid Suns” and “The Kite Runner: A Graphic Novel.”

“Since the book’s initial publication in 2003, nearly seven million readers have been transformed by Hosseini’s ‘The Kite Runner,’ an extraordinary heart-wrenching story of two boys coming of age in ravaged war-torn Afghanistan,” The Common Wealth Club said.

“Fresh on the heels of the book’s release as a graphic novel,” Hosseini discussed “his work and his personal foundation that provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan.”

President Qayoumi is a member The Commonwealth Club Board of Governors. The event was underwritten by The Bernard Osher Foundation