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Award-Winning Author, Jenny Nordberg, to Speak at Chatham University on February 23

PITTSBURGH: The Women’s Institute at Chatham University welcomes Jenny Nordberg, the praised author of The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan, to campus on February 23, 2016 at 6PM for the Raizman Lecture in the Campbell Memorial Chapel. The event includes a book signing, and is free and open to the public.  Visit the Women’s Institute website for more information and to register.

The Raizman Lecture is made possible by the generous support of former Chatham Trustee and alumna, Dorothy Raizman ’68. The Raizman Lecture has brought noted authors, poets and playwrights to campus. Former speakers have included Edward Albee, Jill Kerr Conway, Maxine Hong Kingston and Julia Alvarez.

Nordberg’s book, The Underground Girls of Kabul, is based on her extensive research and reporting inside a war zone in Afghanistan. It describes Afghan girls who live disguised as boys through childhood and puberty, only to be expected by adult age to transform into subordinate wives and mothers. The book has been published in more than 10 countries and has won numerous awards, such as the 2015 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, A Salon 2014 Author’s Favorite Book,  and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2014.

Nordberg is an award-winning journalist, foreign correspondent, columnist and television producer. She has investigated topics such as the global financial crisis, nuclear proliferation, foreign aid, human trafficking, and aspects of “the war on terror,” as well as many human rights issues.

Praise for The Underground Girls of Kabul:
“Five years of intensive reporting have yielded this gritty, poignant, and provocative collage of intimate portraits… Nordberg conveys captivating nuance and complexity; just when you feel some kind of judgment or conclusive opinion is within reach, she deftly turns the tables, leaving us to reexamine our own prejudices and societal norms as we struggle with questions that are perhaps unanswerable.” ~Elle

“As affecting as the stories of these women are, Nordberg’s conclusion—that women’s rights are essential to “building peaceful civilizations”—is the most powerful message of this compelling book. An intelligent and timely exploration into contemporary Afghanistan.” ~Kirkus Reviews

About The Chatham University Women’s Institute
Established in 2014, the Chatham University Women’s Institute helps to overcome and eradicate the social inequalities facing women, and to advance women’s excellence through education, research, and outreach in areas of modern-day social concerns. Its purpose on campus is to ensure the thoughtful continuation of the resources and expertise Chatham maintains in enhancing education for women and gender equity in all aspects of campus life and academics.