7 p.m. - Gamble Auditorium, Kulas Musical Arts Building
Speaker Tererai Trent endured a life of poverty in Zimbabwe before changing it all by obtaining her doctorate.

Enduring Questions: The Mark Collier Lecture Series

February 14, 2018

7 p.m.Photo of Dr. Tererai Trent

Gamble Auditorium, Kulas Musical Arts Building

Featuring Dr. Tererai Trent


Trent is an internationally recognized speaker for quality education and women’s empowerment. Denied schooling in her native Zimbabwe because she was female and poor, she taught herself to read and write while helping her brother with his homework.

In the U.S., Trent earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture education, a master's degree and a Ph.D. with a thesis on HIV/AIDS prevention programs for women and girls in sub-Saharan Africa.

She was featured in Nicholas D. Kristof's book "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide."

After her appearance on Oprah!, Winfrey expressed that Trent was her all-time favorite guest, and donated $1.5 million to build a school in Trent's home village.

In 2015, Trent published "The Girl who Buried Her Dreams in a Can," a children's book about her life, and continues to build schools in Zimbabwe. Her book, "The Awakened Woman: Remembering & Reigniting Our Sacred Dreams," released in October, focuses on "thinking globally and acting locally – in which local means to start from deep inside each of us."

Learn more at tereraitrent.org.