March 9, 2012

Richard Marceau / Irshad Manji

Richard Marceau
March 15, 7:00 pm in the Atrium
A Quebec Jew: From Bloc Québécois MP to Jewish Activist/Juif: Une histoire québécoise

Tearing down stereotypes about Jews, Richard Marceau draws an original portrait of the State of Israel, the role it plays in today’s Jewish identity, and helps us discover Quebec’s Jewish community. 

Denouncing prejudices and intellectual dishonesty, identifying himself as a pro-Palestinian Zionist, Richard Marceau calls for a respectful dialogue, promoting both the legitimacy of the Jewish State of Israel and the creation of an independent Palestinian state. 

Richard Marceau is a graduate from Québec City’s Université Laval Law School, the University of Western Ontario Law School and France’s École Nationale d’Administration. Elected to the House of Commons in 1997 and twice re-elected, Richard now works as General Counsel and Senior Government Advisor for the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs. This event is co-presented by The Jewish Federation of Winnipeg and The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA).

Irshad Manji
March 21, 7:00 pm in the Atrium
In conversation with Marilou McPhedran 
Allah, Liberty and Love: The Courage to Reconcile Faith and Freedom

Irshad Manji teaches at New York University. A Globe and Mail columnist, Irshad Manji is also a scholar with the European Foundation for Democracy. Her #1 Canadian bestseller, The Trouble with Islam Today: A Wake-Up Call for Honesty and Change, earned international recognition and inspired Manji’s Emmy-nominated PBS film, Faith Without Fear. 

The New York Times has called her “Osama Bin Laden’s worst nightmare” while the Jakarta Post in Indonesia, has identified her as one of three women creating positive change in contemporary Islam. 

Prof. Marilou McPhedran is head of The University of Winnipeg Global College and an international human rights lawyer.

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