Irshad Manji: How to grow Moral Courage

Posted by admin on 11/20/12 in Community


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.

959 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.
961 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. The award was established in 1970 to honor an individual who “has acted with extraordinary moral courage, without regard for the sanction or acclaim of his or her peers or of society, and whose actions have had broad humanizing implications.” Since 1970, the award has been presented just 16 times.

960 We encourage you to learn more about her Moral Courage Project, by signing up on her website and fanning up the social media pages below:

Wanderlust Festival is also very grateful to Hay House who helped us realize the entirety of the 2012 Speakeasy Lecture Series across all four festivals (Stratton, VT in June 2012; Copper Mountain, CO in July; Squaw Valley, CA in late July; and Whistler, BC, Canada in August). With Hay House's amazing roster of speakers (which you can witness in person at their incredible "I Can Do It" events), it's no wonder that they helped elevate the conversation at Wanderlust's Speakeasy this summer. We encourage you to stay tuned to the Hay House Facebook feed to make sure you know the next time one of their authors is speaking near you.


Wanderlust is also grateful to our Speakeasy Vermont partner, Omega. Founded in 1977, Omega Institute for Holistic Studies is the nation’s most trusted source for wellness and personal growth. As a nonprofit organization, Omega offers diverse and innovative educational experiences that inspire an integrated approach to personal and social change. Located on 195 acres in the beautiful Hudson Valley, Omega welcomes more than 23,000 people to its workshops, conferences, and retreats in Rhinebeck, New York, and at exceptional locations around the world.

Stay tuned to our Wanderlust networks (
Youtube | Facebook | Twitter) to catch our weekly Speakeasy Video releases from the likes of Dr. Wayne DyerMarianne Williamson Shiva ReaSeane Corn Irshad Manji, and Waylon Lewis (from Elephant Journal) and so many more.

Tags: communication, community, dialogue, irshad, irshad manji, islam, lecture, manji, Speakeasy, speaker, speakers, Stratton, unity, Vermont

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