- March 5, 2019
- 7:00 pm
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
In the United States, discord has hit emergency levels. Civility isn't the reason to repair our caustic chasms—the value found in diversity of thought is.
Author and advocate Irshad Manji argues that America's founding genius is the blending of different viewpoints, which is why social justice activists won't win by labeling and avoiding dialogue with those who disagree with them. At a time when minorities are fast becoming the majority, a truly new America requires a new way to communicate. Diversity, when practiced honestly, makes room for vastly different points of view—because each of us is so much more than the labels that shrink-wrap us.
In her latest book, Don’t Label Me, Irshad challenges perceptions by holding a scrappy conversation with her dog Lily. Raised to believe that dogs are evil, she overcame her fear of the "other" to adopt Lily. She got more than she bargained for. Defying her labels as an old, blind dog, Lily engages Irshad in a taboo-busting conversation about identity, power, and politics. They're feisty. They're funny. And in working through their challenges to one another, they reveal how to open the hearts of opponents for the sake of enduring progress.
Join journalist Kat Snow for a conversation with Irshad about her experiences as a refugee from Africa, a Muslim immigrant to the US, and a professor of moral courage. In this conversation Irshad offers a gift to every American—concrete tips on how to start and sustain the toughest, most taboo dialogues.
Irshad Manji is founder of the Moral Courage Project at the University of Southern California and the New York Times bestselling author of The Trouble With Islam Today, translated into more than thirty languages and later adapted into the Emmy-nominated PBS film Faith Without Fear. Oprah Winfrey made her one of the first winners of the "Chutzpah" prize for boldness. Born to teach, Irshad engages audiences as varied as West Point cadets and Dalai Lama fellows. When not on the road, she lives in Hawaii with her wife and their rescue dogs. For more information visit about Irshad, visit her website.
Kat Snow, MA, is a veteran public radio journalist who graduated from the Philosophy, Cosmology & Consciousness program at CIIS in 2012. She's currently the senior editor at KQED Science, and leads a team of reporters covering climate change, water, energy, and other major science issues in California. Over two decades, Kat has worked as an editor, reporter, talk show host, newscaster, documentary producer and news director. Her stories and documentaries have won numerous regional and national awards. Kat is the public speaking coach for the PCC program's Integrative Seminar at CIIS. She's also a certified Soul Motion teacher, and teaches classes in the Bay Area.