Eminent Learning Center: Malala Yousafzai

Welcome, visitors of the Malala Yousafzai Learning Center. I hope you have an enjoyable time learning about my life and eminence.


Malala Yousafzai Learning Center



Alexander, K, L. (2020) Biography: Malala Yousafzai. Women’s History. https://www.womenshistory.org/education-resources/biographies/malala-yousafzai 

Boko Haram. (2021). In Wikipedia. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boko_Haram. 

Golgowski, N. (2021). Malala Yousafzai Reveals She Got Married With Stunning Wedding Photos. Huffpost. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/malala-yousafzai-marries-asser_l_618acd8fe4b0ad6f5889a0e7. 

He Named Me Malala. (2021). In Wikipedia. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/He_Named_Me_Malala. 

I Am Malala. (2021). In Wikipedia. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Am_Malala. 

Kugelman, M. (2017.) Why Pakistan Hates Malala. Foreign Policy. https://foreignpolicy.com/2017/08/15/why-pakistan-hates-malala/. 

Malala Fund. (2021). In Wikipedia. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malala_Fund. 

Malala Fund. (2021). Malala’s Story. https://malala.org/malalas-story?sc=header. 

Malala Fund. (2021). Working for a world where all girls can learn and lead. Malalahttps://malala.org/. 

This is the website of Malala’s organization, the Malala Fund, and it has very valuable information such as statistics of the number of girls out of school and insight into Malala’s life. I also used a quote I saw on it as inspiration for my eminence paragraphs: “I tell my story not because it is unique, but because it is the story of many girls.” 

Malala Yousafzai. (2021). In Wikipedia. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malala_Yousafzai. 

I used this source as a basis for most of my research. I picked out the most relevant and interesting information I saw and used it as a guide for other areas I wanted to research. I mostly used this article to find the events used in my Timeline and Achievements tabs. I also used some of the information from the article to write more detailed parts of my Learning Center, such as Malala’s nomination for the Children’s Peace Prize. For the areas I wanted more information in, I researched them specifically. 

Rucker, P. (2013). Malala Yousafzai meets with the Obamas in the Oval Office. The Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2013/10/11/malala-yousafzai-meets-with-the-obamas-in-the-oval-office/. 

The Nobel Prize. (2021). Malala Yousafzai – Biographical. https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/peace/2014/yousafzai/biographical/. 

Yousafzai, M & Lamb, C. (2013). I Am Malala. Little, Brown and Company. 

I read Malala’s Autobiography so I could get an insightful, in-depth, look at Malala’s story. I did not use any information I read directly from the book on my Learning Center other than the date Malala woke up from her coma, but the book was very useful for gaining an understanding of Malala’s country, religion, life, and activism. 

Yousafzai, M. (2013). Malala Yousafzai: 16th birthday speech at the United Nations. Malala. https://malala.org/newsroom/archive/malala-un-speech. 

Yousafzai, M. (2014). Malala Yousafzai: Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech. Malalahttps://malala.org/newsroom/archive/malala-nobel-speech. 

I read Malala’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech here and it gave me valuable insight into what Malala’s specific views are about children’s rights and education, and what developed countries and governments should be doing to help. I used this information to help write my eminence paragraphs. One of the big takeaways was her talking about how guns, tanks and war seem to be so easy to get but books, schools and peace are not and how developed countries have a responsibility to help the developing ones. 

Eminent Interview Reflection

Joanne Chang


November 30,2021

Eminent Interview Reflection

One of the things we had to do for eminent was we had to interview a person. This person could be an eminent person, a family or friend, or anyone who knew the person well. We had 1 month to finish this interview; this is how it went for me.

When I first got the assignment, I quickly found a person to email. After a bit of research, I found multiple people I can send an email to. All the resources I found were extremely busy. I was sure that I couldn’t get an interview but, I still had my hopes up. All the emails I sent never responded. It was understandable because the people I found were all in an older generation like they were retired. After waiting from people, I tried emailing a school that values C.S Lewis thinking they would have something for me. It was a school in Britain that looked like they knew a lot of C.S. Lewis. Although this time they responded. I was surprised because I didn’t have any emails that responded. Even though they responded 1 week later and emailed back to me stating they couldn’t interview with me. At that time, I had no one to email to and the timeline for the interview was over. Even though I had many trials I went through none of them worked. I was sad when none of the people responded but it is understandable.

Going through all these trials made me think about what I can do differently. This is my first time sending an email to someone I don’t know. I did similar assignments like this one before in Careers but this one is a bit more formal. There are many things I can change. One thing I can change is I can try to reach out to them on all platforms. Sending an email is formal and a great way to communicate but I recently noticed that some of the people I sent emails to are very active on Facebook and Twitter. At that time, I didn’t know they were active because I never use Facebook and Twitter, but I should have thought from their side of perspective. Other than that, I think one other way is t contact people that was less famous. For example, I know some people who were doing a singer for their eminent, they could contact someone who is a huge fan. I could have found a person that admired C.S Lewis and asked the person fewer personal questions. There are many other ways I could have improved myself by finding a person to interview. I noticed that many famous people don’t like to reply to many emails, so I will consider that for next time I might do a similar assignment like this one. Otherwise, I had a fun time finding all of C.S Lewis’ great children, relatives, and even schools.

Thank you for reading this reflection.

Eminent Learning Centre 2021

Hello, my name is Naomi Osaka! Below is a magazine you can flip through to learn more about me and my life.


Feel free to leave any comments or questions you have below. I look forward to talking with you!



Binner, A. (2021). Naomi Osaka: international Day of the Girl exists because opportunities aren’t the same for girls. Olympics. https://olympics.com/en/news/naomi-osaka-increasing-sport-opportunities-girls

Canova, D. (2021). Naomi Osaka says she won’t speak to media at French Open. FOX NEWS. https://www.foxnews.com/sports/naomi-osaka-wont-speak-media-french-open

ESPN. When asked about her masks, Osaka turns it around: ‘What message did you get?’ [Video]. (2020). ESPN. https://www.espn.com/video/clip/_/id/29872610

Fashion: ASIDE FROM MY TENNIS, MY MOST TREASURES PASSION IN FASHION. (n.d.) NAOMI. https://www.naomiosaka.com/fashion/

Hess, L. (2021.) Naomi Osaka’s Met Gala Look Is a Powerful Celebration of Her Heritage. VOGUE. https://www.vogue.com/article/naomi-osaka-louis-vuitton-met-gala-look

Reading this article goes to show Naomi’s passion for fashion and the pride she takes in her heritage. After reading this I looked more into Naomi’s fashion, and I discovered a whole new side of her. I learned that fashion is an artistic outlet for Naomi, and she has worked with many brands and even designed some of her own clothes and accessories.

Levi’s. Naomi Osaka’s Beauty of Becoming [Video}. (2021). YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nQ6GC_jnbo

Murakami, K, & Rosen, S. (2021). Naomi Osaka [Docuseries]. Netflix.

Naomi Osaka’s docuseries told the story of her life in a compelling way. It really helped me understand the why behind why she plays tennis. I learned about what goes on behind the scenes. I got to learn about what drives her, why she plays tennis, and her family as well as their history.

Naomi Osaka among Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. (2019). Koydo News. https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2019/04/b84c4a97df4f-naomi-osaka-among-time-magazines-100-most-influential-people.html

Naomi Osaka’s Play Academy Expands to Los Angeles and Haiti. (2021). Nike News. https://news.nike.com/news/play-academy-naomi-osaka-los-angeles-haiti-expansion

Learning about Play Academy through this article was very enjoyable. The creation of Play Academy goes to show how much Naomi appreciates all the opportunities that she has been fortunate enough to have. Now she wants to share her fortune with others and involve young girls in sports through this initiative.

Naomi Osaka Wiki, Boyfriend, Family, Biography & More. (n.d). WikiBio. https://wikibio.in/naomiosaka/#:~:text=Naomi%20was%20born%20on%2016%20October%201997%20%28age-,father%E2%80%99s%20side%20and%20Japanese%20from%20her%20mother%E2%80%99s%20 side.

Naomi Osaka. (n.d) Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naomi_Osaka

Osaka, N. (2021). Naomi Osaka: It’s O.K. Not to Be O.K. TIME. https://time.com/6077128/naomi-osakaessay-tokyo-olympics/

Quinn, D. (2019). Tennis Champ Naomi Osaka Talks Success: I Have to Be the Best or I’m Going to Be Homeless. https://people.com/sports/naomi-osaka-allure-interview-success-have-to-be-the-best/

R, R. (2021). Naomi Osaka on International Day of the Girl: I often worry about what people think of me, but if you have a platform it’s important to use it. https://www.sportskeeda.com/tennis/news-naomi-osaka-international-day-girl-i-often-worry-people-think-me-platform-important-use-it

Sports Illustrated. (2020, Dec, 7). Sportsperson of the Year: Naomi Osaka | Sports Illustrated [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bg6FYOlYu9c

US Open Tennis Championships. Naomi Osaka Press Conference | 2021 US Open Round 3 [Video]. (2021). YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_g4izDqqwA&t=444s

I knew Naomi felt pressure from herself and external sources however I did not think it was enough to drive her away from tennis. This press conference put into perspective the extent of the pressure. It disappoints me that she has been pushed to a point where the sport she loves does not make her happy anymore.


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Eminent Learning Centre – Tavi Gevinson

Hello everyone! My name is Tavi Gevinson, and I have been given the privilege this year of speaking at the TALONS 2021 eminent night.

If you want to learn more about my life and how I was able to impact teenage girls around the world, click here. It will take you to my magazine, the Rookie Mag.

Once you have finished reading this month’s issue on my eminence feel free to ask any questions you have for me in the comments section.

Desmond Doss Learning Centre

Good evening everyone, and welcome to my learning centre for Desmond Doss! This year, I decided to show my notable’s eminence through a website. Feel free to click the link below to learn more about Desmond Doss, a medic from The Second World War who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honour for saving roughly 75 on Hacksaw Ridge in Okinawa Japan.

Desmond Doss Learning Centre

After looking over my learning centre, you can ask any questions in the comments below, and I’ll be sure to respond!

Eminent Learning Center

This blog post will be about my Eminent person, Dmitri Shostakovich, the Soviet composer. It is also written from the point of view of Shostakovich himself.

Symphony No. 7 (Shostakovich) - Wikipedia

Why I am Eminent

I should be remembered among influential artists in classical music because of my uniqueness in style. No other composer sounds like me. Although there are some like Schnittke who take heavy influencDmitri Shostakovich | Discographie | Discogse from me, my sound is truly my own. I was able to compose music that complied with the Soviet art limitations of my time and to also compose music that truly expresses what I wanted to express with them. Of course, there were times where the government or public did not like what I was composing (like my opera, Lady Macbeth for example), but every great artist receives backlash and criticism, and that is what I think I am: A great artist.

Although I did not compose as many symphonies as Haydn (with a count of 104 symphonies), I am known for my orchestral works which consist of 15 symphonies and 6 concerti, many of which were composed during the aforementioned time of art constrictions in the Soviet Union. Since I was able to compose such compelling art under such limitations, it shows that I was a very brave individual in such difficult times and I think that one can learn from my experiences to stay resilient in such times, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • September 25th, 1906: I was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
  • 1915: I start taking piano classes at age 9.
  • 1919: I compose my first orchestral piece, a Scherzo in F# Minor.
  • 1924 – 1926: I compose and premier my first symphony.
  • 1932: An opera I have composed, Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, is completed.
  • Dmitri Shostakovich: biography, videos - medici.tvJanuary 26th, 1936: Stalin visits the Bolshoi Theater, where my opera, Lady Macbeth is being played. Stalin did not approve of the opera.
  • January 28th, 1936: A government-approved magazine, Pravda, releases an issue on the third page of the magazine titled “Muddle Instead of Music,” talking about my opera negatively.
  • November 21st, 1937: My fifth symphony is premiered in Leningrad, and it received an ovation that lasted over half an hour.
  • March 5th, 1942: My seventh symphony (the most popular one, titled “Leningrad”) premiered in the city of Kuybyshev (now known as Samara).
  • August 9th, 1975: After many composition releases, I die in 1975.

Was Shostakovich a Martyr? Or Is That Just Fiction? - The New York Times

Major Accomplishments

I have received many awards throughout my lifetime, and even one after. Here is a list of all the awards I have received:

  • Order of the Red Banner of Labour (1940)
  • Stalin Prize (1941)
  • Stalin Prize (1942)
  • Stalin Prize (1946)
  • Order of Lenin (1946)
  • People’s Artist of the RSFSR (1948)
  • Stalin Prize (1950)
  • Stalin Prize (1952)
  • People’s Artist of the USSR (1954)
  • International Peace Prize (1954)
  • Order of Lenin (1956)
  • Lenin Prize (1958)
  • Wihuri Sibelius Price (1958)
  • Member of the Royal Academy of Science, Letters and Fine Arts of Belgium (1960)
  • Hero of Socialist Labour (1966)
  • Order of Lenin (1966)
  • Gold Medal of the Royal Philharmonic Society (1966)
  • USSR State Prize (1968)
  • Order of the October Revolution (1971)
  • Léonie Sonning Music Price (1973)
  • Glinka State Prize of the RSFSR (1974)
  • Shevchenko National Prize (1976 (posthumously))

Besides these awards, I am also known for my repertoire of orchestral music, which includes 15 symphonies and 6 concerti, of which many were written under the government limitations of Soviet art.

A Tribute Piece to Myself

I wrote a short piece to commemorate my life. In it, I use my signature motif, DSCH. You can hear this motif in the first four notes of the piece. Here is the score for the piece, and below is my piece played by a computer.


Interview Reflection

This is the only part of my Learning Center that is outside the point of view of my Eminent person.

I held an interview with Mr. Trovato, the music teacher at my school, and talked to him about how composers compose music. The truth is that different composers compose music in different ways. “Some people hear a melody they like, some people take a walk and hear a bird singing and that inspires them, it’s different for everybody.” After this interview, I decided to think of ways that I could come up with a melody that I could write a whole piece about. I had to keep in mind that I needed to represent Shostakovich in some way in the piece, so I experimented with different melodies until I was reminded of his signature motif, DSCH. You can hear the motif in the main theme of the piece I composed. Before conducting the interview, I had a lot of trouble thinking of who to email since my Eminent person, Shostakovich, is not very well-known outside of the classical music community. Even then, he is not nearly as popular compared to composers like Mozart and Schubert. So, for the majority of the time, I was stuck trying to find someone who could fit the criteria as an interviewee. However, I soon realized that the person to interview did not have to be incredibly fancy, like a foundation. I then simplified what I could ask the interviewee to “how different people compose music”, as that is directly related to what I decided to do for my learning center: To compose a piece of music. So, I interviewed a person much closer to me than where I imagined: My school’s music teacher.

DSCH motif - Wikipedia

After interviewing Mr. Trovato, I felt relieved that the interview did not have to be such a stressful idea, and that had given me the perfect boost to my “morale” that I had needed. I was then ready to start experimenting with different ideas and what the main theme of my composition could be. A few days later, I was experimenting on the piano that I have at home with my mom watching TV and my dad playing on a Persian instrument, a setar, until I remembered the DSCH motif that I hear so frequently in Shostakovich’s music. Not only did this motif appear so much in his music, but Shostakovich was also generally known for his quotations in music. After experimenting a bit with what could be done with both the left hand and right hand on the piano, I knew that this would be the motif to use for my piece. Soon enough, I had opened a document on MuseScore 3 and started composing.

If I had not interviewed Mr. Trovato, I would not have known to experiment with different themes and melodies to come up with the perfect one to use. I would now like to thank Mr. Trovato for being my interviewee on such short notice over email, and my friends for helping to look over various parts of my Eminent project (speech and musical piece for examples).

Dmitri Shostakovich Music | Tunefind


Wikimedia Foundation. (2021, November 22). Dmitri Shostakovich. Wikipedia. Retrieved November 26, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dmitri_Shostakovich.

The Wikipedia page for Shostakovich is detailed, to say the least. From it, one can learn a lot about various aspects of his life, ranging from general information to awards and notable works from him, and that is exactly the type of information that I plan on using from this page. The thing about Wikipedia pages is that they can be edited by any party, meaning that multiple parties have contributed to it. Not only that, but considering that Shostakovich is now long dead, I suspect that a lot of information has been gathered about him and that many people have found out what information is correct and what information is not.

Brown, D. (2021, September 21). Dmitri Shostakovich. Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved November 26, 2021, from https://www.britannica.com/biography/Dmitri-Shostakovich.

Britannica is also another source of information that never fails to provide useful information if Wikipedia is not to be trusted. The Britannica site for Shostakovich covers much the same topics and assures one if the information that they have gathered from another site is correct. That is exactly what I used this Britannica site for.

Wikimedia Foundation. (2021, June 1). Muddle instead of music. Wikipedia. Retrieved November 27, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muddle_Instead_of_Music.

The Wikipedia page above covers the Pravda issue about Shostakovich’s opera, Lady Macbeth. I used this source for part of the timeline of Shostakovich’s life, and I think that this page once again is reliable like other Wikipedia pages because of their ability to be contributed to by any parties.

Dmitri Shostakovich. Preceden. (n.d.). Retrieved November 28, 2021, from https://www.preceden.com/timelines/310245-dmitri-shostakovich.

This website presents the events of Shostakovich’s life in a neat, clean, understandable way. I used this website for exactly that: The timeline. I have also skimmed through other sites and found that the majority of the information on this site is correct, so I have come to the conclusion that that site is credible.

Wikimedia Foundation. (2021, November 24). Symphony No. 7 (Shostakovich). Wikipedia. Retrieved November 28, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphony_No._7_(Shostakovich).

Finally, this is the Wikipedia page for Shostakovich’s seventh symphony, the Leningrad, his most popular symphony. This source is credible for the same reason as the other Wikipedia pages I have used, and I have used this source for exactly what you may think: For information about his seventh symphony.

Eminent Person Interview Reflection

As a part of the Eminent Person Project, I was supposed to interview someone with knowledge of Hideaki Anno’s life, legacy, and achievements. Unfortunately, I was unable to secure an interview in the time allotted. I had contacted five organizations regarding the possibility of an interview, these being Studio Q, Osaka University of Arts, Nippon Television Network Corporation, TV Tokyo, and Tatsunoko Productions. I was only able to get one response, from Osaka University of Arts, which was unfortunately negative. After spending time researching organizations to contact and sending out emails, I lost motivation to continue. I had hoped that one of these companies would respond and was running out of possible people and organizations to contact. It was nearly impossible to find a way to directly contact anyone who had worked with Hideaki Anno, which would have been ideal. For this reason, I had to send emails to corporations that were affiliated with Anno either in the past or present. Perhaps it is due to the notorious slowness of Japanese corporate systems that I only received only one polite no in response.

  If I were to have more time to secure an interview or was able to do this all over again, I think I would set my sights a bit lower. Interviewing a corporate PR person or a former colleague would have certainly yielded ideal results but as I discovered getting a hold of either is easier said than done. Rather I would direct my attention to animation or film professors and other educators who would have been touched by Hideaki Anno’s work. The primary reason that I didn’t do this was because of the risk that neither would have even heard of Anno or been familiar with his work. Researching people to contact for this project, specifically individuals, was difficult enough as is and adding the difficulty of searching for connected educators would have been nearly impossible. However, looking back it may have been worth a shot, if I only found one there would be a higher likelihood that I would receive a response than emailing a soulless corporate contact.

Although I wish I had the opportunity to conduct an interview and gain more information on my eminent person for this project I feel that I will still be able to deliver an adequate speech and learning centre. Thankfully, several interviews of Hideaki Anno exist at the press of a button which I have read and watched and will continue to read and watch in an attempt to recreate the experience. I still believe that I have more than enough knowledge on my eminent person’s life and specifically of the challenges I will cover in my speech. There is more than enough proof of his eminence available. Whether I was too lazy or simply unlucky this time I will keep this experience in mind whenever I need to interview an expert on anything going forward in my education.

Eminent Interview Reflection

For Eminent this year, we were tasked with interviewing someone about our eminent person, or even the eminent person themself. I began my search for an interviewee by looking at Malala’s non-profit organization, the Malala Fund. On this website I found out that Malala is often too busy to be interviewed for school projects. I understood this perfectly, so I crossed Malala off my list of possible interviewees. The next step I took was to send an email through the website asking to be directed to someone who could be interviewed about Malala and her work. I sent this email a bit less than a month ago, and didn’t get a reply back, so I had to think of some other ways to find someone to interview. I didn’t personally know anyone who knew a lot about Malala, but one day near the end of the project I was talking to Anita about possible interviewees, and we came up with a great idea! Since Malala’s main goal is education for all children, we realized that it would make sense to interview someone who knew a lot about education and how important it is. It would also be great if this person knew a bit about Malala. I decided that I would write some of my old teachers an email asking if they would be up for an interview about the importance of education and how Malala has influenced them. However, by the time we came up with this idea the deadline was getting close, and I was so busy with other schoolwork that I didn’t have a chance to write the email until it was too late. So, what could I do next time to avoid this situation? I think one action I could have taken is to reach out to more people. Outside of internet searches, I only asked my family and Anita if they knew anyone who was knowledgeable about Malala. I could have reached out to more of my classmates and asked my parents to ask people they know. I could have also tried scouring the internet more thoroughly. I mainly looked at Malala’s website for possibilities because I couldn’t find anything else, but I’m sure there were more resources out there that were a bit more obscure. Lastly, I could have managed my time better so I didn’t run out of time to send emails to my old teachers! Truthfully, I thought the interview was due later than it was, and I had more time, even though I had written the due date down in my planner. What I have learned from this is that I need to look at my planner more often. I’m doing way better at this than last year, but this project has shown me that there is still room for improvement! I know having an interview would have been incredibly insightful for my eminent project, and now I know how to do better next time.