Irshad Manji on 'Don't Label Me: An Incredible Conversation for Divided Times'

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Irshad Manji
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Irshad Manji is the founder of the Moral Courage Project and is the author of, "Don't Label Me: An Incredible Conversation for Divided Times."

At a recent event hosted by St. Olaf College’s Institute for Freedom and Community, she talked about ways to effectively engage people of differing views and says we need to “stop shaming and start listening.”

“In our deeply polarized time, standing for what is right is not enough to make progress,” Manji says. “We must want to engage those with whom we disagree. Labeling is easy. But listening is a form of moral courage.”

What it means to live in a pluralistic society, she says, is that “we can disagree with one another in peace and with civility.”

A professor of leadership at New York University for many years, Manji now lectures with Oxford University’s Initiative for Global Ethics and Human Rights.

Manji was the first speaker in the spring series on “Diversity, Freedom and Community.” The session was moderated by professor Edmund Santurri, director of the St. Olaf College’s Institute for Freedom and Community, on Feb. 22.

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