This event takes place at East City Bookshop, and is free and open to the public.
East City Bookshop presents Irshad Manji, author of Don't Label Me and The Trouble With Islam Today, in conversation with Latoya Peterson.
A unique conversation about diversity, bigotry, and our common humanity, by the NYT bestselling author, Oprah “Chutzpah” award-winner, and founder of the Moral Courage Project
When she was 14, Irshad Manji was expelled from her religious school for asking too many questions. Now, as one of the foremost voices of reformist Islam, Manji presents a ground-breaking conversation on diversity, identity, power, and global politics that draws on her work with the Moral Courage Project at the University of Southern California and New York University.
In the tradition of Socratic dialogues, Don't Label Me takes inspiration from sources diverse as Audre Lorde, Bruce Lee, and Ben Franklin, as well as a wealth of personal experience with neighbors, students, and strangers. Manji's keen insight parses the difference between respect in politics and respectability politics, ultimately producing a model of civil discourse that establishes room for difference rather than closing it. Manji's message, that diversity of thought is critical to diversity in general, is at once timely and long overdue. Renowned for her engaging lectures, Manji has spoken at universities across the country about her books, Islam, and the Moral Courage Project.
Irshad Manji is founder of the award-winning 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 selected her as the first winner of the "Chutzpah" prize for boldness. Manji has lived and taught in Toronto, Vancouver, New York, and Los Angeles. She and her wife reside in Hawaii with their rescue dogs.
Latoya Peterson lives at the intersection of emerging technology and culture. One of Forbes Magazine's 30 Under 30 rising stars in media, she is best known for the award-winning blog Racialicious.com. Previously, she was the Deputy Editor, Digital Innovation for ESPN's The Undefeated, an Editor-at-Large at Fusion, and the Senior Digital Producer for The Stream. A John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University (2012-13) and a Public Media Corps Fellow, Latoya has published work in Teen Vogue, NPR, ESPN Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Essence, Spin, Vibe, Marie Claire, Kotaku, The Atlantic, The American Prospect, and The Guardian.