The Moral Courage Conversations with Irshad Manji and Salman Rushdie, Jan. 18

On Sunday, January 18, 2009, please join NYU Wagner visiting scholar Irshad Manji — whom The New York Times called “Osama bin Laden’s worst nightmare, and to whom Oprah Winfrey bestowed the first “Chutzpah Award” — as she launches a series of public conversations about moral courage in journalism, politics, religion and beyond, with her premiere special guest Salman Rushdie, the celebrated novelist.

The conversation will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the 92nd Street Y, Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street, Manhattan - on the 20th anniversary of Iran’s fatwa against Rushdie.

Manji is the author of the international bestseller The Trouble with Islam Today: A Muslims Call for Reform in Her Faith, and creator of the Emmy-nominated PBS documentary, Faith Without Fear. She founded and directs the Moral Courage Project, a project of the Research Center for Leadership in Action (RCLA) at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University.

Rushdie is the author of 10 novels, one collection of short stories and four works of nonfiction, and a winner of the Booker Prize, the Booker of Bookers and the Best of the Booker. Rushdie’s most recent novel is The Enchantress of Florence.

Regular tickets cost $27.00. Enter code LC5 at check out for 20% off the regular ticket price for NYU staff and faculty. To purchase:

About The Moral Courage Project
Launched in 2008, the Moral Courage Project (MCP) aims to develop leaders who will challenge political correctness, intellectual conformity and self-censorship. In the best spirit of liberal education, the project teaches that rights come with responsibilities, that we are citizens rather than members of mere tribes, and that meaningful diversity embraces different ideas and not just identities. Go to

The MCP is based at the Research Center for Leadership in Action (RCLA) of the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. RCLA creates collaborative learning environments that foster connections and networks and yield new and practical insights and strategies. RCLA engages the leadership of a diverse spectrum of public service organizations, from government agencies to nonprofits large and small to community-based and social change groups, across the country and around the world. Go to

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