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Bagels & Books: Karen Sherman with Brick By Brick

Join us for a talk and signing, as well as bagels and coffee, with Karen Sherman, author of BRICK BY BRICK: Building Hope and Opportunity for Women Survivors Everywhere. This powerful memoir weaves the stories of valiant women who survived war and conflict with the struggle of the author, a long-standing international women’s rights advocate working to recover from her own history of abuse. The remarkable strength of these women helped Karen find her own way—through conflict zones, confrontations with corrupt officials, and painful questions about her marriage and career—to a renewed commitment to her family and a new path forward. Karen Sherman has spent her life advocating for women in war-torn and transitional countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Congo, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Sudan, Kosovo, and the former Soviet Union. Throughout her 30-year career in global development, Sherman has met and interviewed thousands of women. Their remarkable stories of strength, courage, resilience, and resourcefulness fuel what she believes to be true: championing women’s education and economic participation has the power to transform the lives of women and the future of families, communities, societies, and, ultimately, the world. Currently, Sherman serves as President of the Akilah Institute, Rwanda’s only women’s college.