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The Bluma Lecture

The Bluma Lecture is an annual lecture dedicated to the discussion of important issues by some of the world's most thoughtful opinion-leaders. The Lecture is co-presented by the Toronto Public Library Foundation and Toronto Public Library.

Named in honour of Toronto philanthropist Bluma Appel, The Bluma Lecture has been made possible by an extraordinary gift from the Bluma Appel Community Trust.

Toronto Public Library is the world's busiest urban public library system. The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon is a place where writers, thinkers, movers and shakers come together for discussion, debates and more.

Past Lectures

Irshad Manji


Photograph of Irshad Manji

The second annual Bluma Lecture on March 6th featured Irshad Manji in conversation with Steve Paikin. The controversial Canadian author, professor and self-described "Muslim refusenik" discussed the impact of multiculturalism on women. "The ideal of multiculturalism sometimes bumps up against the ideal of gender equality." Watch the lecture to hear Ms. Manji explain what she means by global citizenship.

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