Moral Courage for Messy Times with Irshad Manji

Date(s) - 18/02/2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Recipient of Oprah Winfrey’s first Chutzpah Award for boldness, Irshad Manji is the author of Don’t Label Me: An Incredible Conversation for Divided Times and is the founder of Moral Courage College, which teaches people how to do the right thing in the face of fear. A prize-winning professor, Manji currently lectures with Oxford University’s Initiative for Global Ethics and Human Rights.

With Canadians reeling from ill-preparation for a global pandemic, cynicism about political corruption, heartbreak over continued racial injustice, and noise from the media left and right, what can we expect of our public institutions?

That’s the wrong question, says Irshad Manji. The better question is: What can Canadians expect of ourselves? Since institutions reflect culture, and culture is the way we do things, it’s “we” who need to change. And that change comes in the form of moral courage.

Manji should know. As a young Canadian, she set out to help reform how her faith of Islam is practised. Manji spoke truth to power. But she also made monumental mistakes that taught her something crucial: Moral courage doesn’t mean slapping the label “inferior” on those who disagree with you. Rather, moral courage means listening instead of labeling. When she finally applied that insight, her efforts at religious reform gained more traction than she ever thought possible.

Now, as the bestselling author of Don’t Label Me and founder of Moral Courage College, Manji will take us on a wild personal journey — revealing pivotal lessons for our messy times. Backed by scientific research and driven by the need for solutions, she will offer transformational guidance for any of us who believe that we, the public, can be braver. Irshad Manji will show us how.

This presentation is part of EPL’s Forward Thinking Speaking Series and PLLC’s Lougheed College Lectures, in celebration of Freedom to Read Week. RSVP on Eventbrite to watch online via Livestream.