Islamic reformist lecture

An Islamic reformist from Canada will speak today in the David J. Prior Convocation Center as part of the Colgate Darden Lecture Series.

Irshad Manji, a professor at New York Uni- versity, has been on a mission since her youth to help others speak out against conforming ideas within society.

She refers to herself as a “Muslim refuse- nik,” who addresses issues related to Muslim stereotypes and norms that are counterproduc- tive to the religious group.

She will talk about the Moral Courage Proj- ect and explain how people should make value based decisions in everyday life.

Manji, has also been on television newscast stations such as CNN, PBS and BBC where she discussed her views, her books and her Moral Courage Project. MCP is a YouTube channel Manji started to tell the stories of people rising up against backlash as they progress socially.

In her program, Manji encourages her audi- ences to “challenge conformity … be they reli- gious, cultural, ideological or professional and do so for a more universal good.”

“From what I’ve heard about Manji, I think the lecture will be interesting and plan to attend,” said student Vince Freels when asked about the event.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is set for 7pm.

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