Irshad Manji, founder of the Moral Courage Project, has focused her career on the role of diversity in current society and the moral courage it takes to defend different ideas and opinions in our society. Sponsored by the Hutton Honors College, this moderated conversation is part of the Many Worlds, One Globe series designed to highlight research and creative activities that connect global understanding with individual identity.
Irshad Manji is the founder of the Moral Courage Project, which has as its mission teaching young people to speak truth to power. She has turned her journey as a religious reformer into teachings about professional leadership, informed by research from across the disciplines. Manji is the author of Allah, Liberty & Love: The Courage to Reconcile Faith and Freedom and the international bestseller The Trouble with Islam Today: A Muslim's Call for Reform in Her Faith. In between her books, she created the Emmy-nominated PBS documentary, Faith without Fear.
The World Economic Forum selected her as a Young Global Leader, Oprah Winfrey bestowed her with the first annual Chutzpah Award for “audacity, nerve, boldness and conviction,” and she received the Tom Lantos Award for Human Rights and Justice, named after the only Holocaust survivor to be elected to the U.S. Congress.
African by birth, Canadian by citizenship, American by immersion and universal by reach, Irshad Manji inspires fresh perspectives on success, leadership, inclusion and integrity.