18 February 2009

Are We Global Citizens or Not?
An interactive evening with author, activist and NYU leadership professor Irshad Manji
Friday, February 20th, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, NYU
295 Lafayette St (at Houston), Rice Conference Room
Come to 2nd floor reception and one of the organizers will be on hand to lead you to the room.

Presented by NOW-NYU

How many times have you been told that “you can’t comment if you don’t represent?” How many times have you said that to fellow activists, believing that we shouldn’t stick our noses in other people’s business? In an interdependent world, is there such a thing as “other” people?

Irshad Manji says no; we’re all in it together. That’s what it means to be global citizens. She makes the case in her internationally best-selling book, The Trouble with Islam Today: A Muslim’s Call for Reform in Her Faith. Since then, Irshad has joined NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service, where she serves as Director of the Moral Courage Project — a leadership program that mentors students to speak truth to power, even at the price of personal backlash.

Her motto: Courage is not the absence of fear; courage is the recognition that some things are more important than fear!

In that spirit, Irshad and NOW-NYU invite you to join a vibrant conversation about changing the world. On Friday evening, Feb 20, we’ll screen Irshad’s Emmy-nominated PBS film, “Faith Without Fear,” which chronicles her journey to reconcile Islam with human rights. The film raises questions about freedom, rights, responsibilities and, above all, courage. Irshad will then open up a discussion with all of us.

Bring your voices with you.

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