Published on Nov 20, 2012
The New York Times calls Irshad Manji “Osama bin Laden’s worst nightmare.” Oprah Winfrey’s magazine has given Irshad its first annual Chutzpah Award for “audacity, nerve, boldness and conviction.” She takes both as compliments.
Irshad is Director of the Moral Courage Project at New York University’s School of Public Service. The project teaches young leaders to challenge intellectual conformity and self-censorship. She is also a senior fellow with the European Foundation for Democracy, which promotes universal human rights and freedom of conscience.
We were very honored to have Irshad visit us at Wanderlust Stratton to discuss unity, community, and communication. She opened the floor to questions about “Islam! Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask” and what ensued was an extremely honest and participatory discussion about how we can create greater understanding and compassion in our world.
She recently spoke on a panel (Sept 2012) with His Holiness the Dalai Lama about finding the “Common Ground for Peace”, and even more recently (Nov 2012) was awarded the “Humanist of the Year” Award from the Society for Ethical Culture.