• Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Chapman Presidential Fellow Nadia Murad
    Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Chapman Presidential Fellow Nadia Murad
Nobel Laureate Nadia Murad: Films for Peace and Justice, March 12, 2024

» Distinguished Presidential Fellow in Peace Studies

Nadia MuradNobel Peace Prize Laureate and Distinguished Presidential Fellow in Peace Studies Nadia Murad will speak about her pathway to and experiences as a global advocate for the prevention of conflict-related sexual violence, survivor-centric recovery efforts, and the pursuit of gender equality. After surviving the Islamic State's (ISIS) attempt to eradicate the Yazidi people of Iraq, Murad has dedicated her life to assisting fellow survivors of violence worldwide, bringing the perpetrators to justice, and restoring both her homeland of Sinjar and other communities destroyed by conflict.

Murad is the first United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking and was named "Woman of the Year" by Glamour Magazine. Her best-selling memoir, The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State, is a harrowing account of her imprisonment, escape, and the beginning of her advocacy. As founder and president of Nadia's Initiative, she globally advocates for survivors of sexual violence and engages in sustainable development with communities in crisis.

During Ms. Murad's 2024 visit, we will have a panel discussion and screening of three short documentary films created by Chapman undergrads under Peace & Justice Studies' Chair Dr. Leitz and Professor Fugate a documentarian within Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. The films cover Nadia herself; media stereotypes of Middle Eastern women, particularly as this affected coverage of Yazidi women; and a new international code of conduct for international workers working with survivors of sexual assault during conflict. Please join us on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, at 7 p.m. in the Folino Theater, Marion Knott Studios. This is a FREE event.

She will also attend class visits and meet with various campus groups. Starting in 2022 and for the next 3-5 years, Ms. Murad will be here for a one-week-long event series on campus per year.

Last but most definitely not least, Ms. Murad will give the keynote address at Chapman University’s 25th Annual Holocaust Art & Writing Contest Award Ceremony on Friday, March 15, 2024. Opening remarks will begin at 11 a.m. Please join us virtually by clicking here.