Forbidden Questions about Islam: Turning Polarization into Constructive Conversation

Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 6:00pm

Wallis Annenberg Hall (ANN), Room L105A (Auditorium)
3630 Watt Way, Los Angeles, CA 90089

This live event will be simulcast on the 30-foot digital media screen in Wallis Annenberg Hall.

Reception to follow.

Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP at the links below beginning Tuesday, October 11, at 9 a.m.

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“The unexamined faith is not worth having.”
—Irshad Manji

Got burning questions about Islam? Now’s your chance to ask them—out loud. In an interactive multimedia forum that will challenge us all to get real and grow, Muslim feminist author Irshad Manji will answer USC students’ most candid questions about her faith, even those questions that many would deem "offensive."

Irshad Manji is the internationally best-selling author of The Trouble with Islam Today and a senior fellow at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. As founder of the Moral Courage Project, Manji is on a mission to help us face our fears, including the fear of being stigmatized for voicing taboos. She travels the world engaging people who denounce her call for liberty and love in Islam. How does she handle the backlash? By championing “honest diversity”—the kind that digs deep to explore different points of view. No wonder Oprah Winfrey gave Manji the first annual Chutzpah Award for "audacity, nerve, boldness, and conviction.”

Irshad Manji is the author of two best-selling books about Muslim reform, creator of the Emmy-nominated PBS film Faith without Fear, and executive producer of the award-winning Moral Courage Channel on YouTube. Now, with USC Annenberg, she's launching the Moral Courage Studio, a backbone-building lab to be co-created with students across campus. She invites you to be among the creators.

Don’t miss this opportunity to ask bold questions and learn from the gutsiness of your peers.

Additional Links:
Irshad Manji Facebook, Twitter, YouTube
Forbidden Questions about Islam Official website

Recent press from Manji's speaking on the tragic Orlando shootings:
BBC World
CNN International
Fareed Zakaria GPS special: "Why They Hate Us”

Organized by the USC Annenberg Office of the Dean and the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy.

Photo: Brent Stirton

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