7 pm: "Lose the Labels! Savvy Activism for Justice, not Just Us." Irshad speaks about why diversity advocates need to confront our own bigotry towards anyone who disagrees with us. She explains how we can develop the moral courage to stop labeling others and start challenging our egos so that the pursuit of diversity is liberated from diversity-killing dogma. Hosted by the Wisdom Centre at Hillhurst United Church, 1227 Kensington Close NW, Calgary. This is a public event to be followed by a book-signing. Ticket information here.
11 am: "Don't Label Me: A Modest Proposal for How to Engage in a Time of Outrage." Irshad speaks about restoring our humanity amid the trenchant tribalism of our era. Hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Vancouver, 949 W. 49th Avenue. Irshad's Sunday sermon will be followed by a book-signing. This event is free and open to the public.
MLK Day 2020: Irshad speaks at the official service to commemorate the 91st birthday and timeless legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. From the sanctuary of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Irshad will address how Dr. King shaped her journey as a champion of Muslim reform and moral courage. Hosted by The King Center: "We prepare global citizens to create a more just, humane, and peaceful world using Dr. King's nonviolent philosophy and methodology." Although ticketed, this event will be streamed LIVE. Link to come.
Private: Conference on the First-Year Experience: "Where higher ed professionals can support student learning, development, and and success in the first college year." Sponsored by the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition.
Private: Conference of the Western Vice-Presidents of Academic and Research, sponsored by the University of Manitoba. More information to come.
Private: Moral courage mentorship at Trinity School: "We must ask our young people what they believe in so they can know themselves in the world. We must give them the tools of rigorous and passionate intellectual inquiry and self-expression so they can grow. In our commitment to diversity, we must show our students how to be colleagues and friends so they can act out of respect and love. We must lead them to distinguish right from wrong and then do what is right so they can be persuasive and courageous citizens." Photo: Josh Cuppek.
Private: Week-long seminar series on conflict, peace, and moral courage. Hosted by Merton College and sponsored by the Oxford Initiative for Global Ethics and Human Rights: "Teaching for the greater good and building community across disciplines—law, political science, international politics, gender, anthropology, diplomacy, development, religion, the arts and public policy—to critically deliberate on global ethics, human rights and finding hope in challenging times."
Private: Two weeks of sailing from Morocco to Ghana while while teaching moral courage to an international student body. Sponsored by Semester at Sea: "Educating individuals with the global understanding necessary to address the challenges of our interdependent world. With the world as our classroom, our programs integrate multiple-country study, interdisciplinary coursework, and experiential learning for meaningful engagement in the global community."