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Influential Author and Educator to Visit Masters
Posted 12/08/2017 08:00AM

Irshad Manji, a well-known Canadian author, educator and reformist Muslim, will visit Masters from January 3-5, 2018. 

Ms. Manji is founder and director of the Moral Courage Project at New York University, an educational initiative that helps young people make values-based decisions. She will visit classes and meet with faculty and students, and will conduct a Moral Courage Workshop for Upper School students from 5:00-8:00 PM on January 4 in the Library Conference Room.

“This workshop promises to be deeply engaging and transformative,” says Dr. Eileen Dieck, Ethical Leadership Coordinator, who is organizing Ms. Manji’s visit. “The main focus of her work is moral courage, a passion she developed at least in part because of her own life experiences.  She defines moral courage as: ‘The willingness to stand up when others want you to sit down. Moral courage is living with integrity.’” 

On her website, Ms. Manji states that her mission is “to help people live with integrity and wholeness, especially those who feel limited by culture, religion or society. This mission has been a lifelong journey. Growing up in a violent household, I made a commitment to use my education for good. That meant finding my voice, asking questions and thinking for myself.” 

Ms. Manji has written several books, including the international bestseller The Trouble with Islam Today: A Muslim’s Call for Reform in Her Faith and Allah, Liberty and Love: The Courage to Reconcile Faith and Freedom. Her articles have appeared in many publications, and she has addressed audiences ranging from Amnesty International to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. She has appeared on television networks around the world.

Ms. Manji also created the Emmy-nominated PBS documentary, Faith without Fear, which follows her “journey around the world to reconcile Islam and freedom.” 

The World Economic Forum recognized her as a Young Global Leader, while The New York Society for Ethical Culture gave her its Ethical Humanist Award. She is also a recipient of the National Organization for Women’s Susan B. Anthony Award.

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