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2014 Bluma Lecture: Irshad Manji

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Is Multiculturalism Bad for Women?

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Thursday, March 6, 2014
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
90 minutes

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.

Upcoming Lectures

2014: Irshad Manji

"Is Multiculturalism Bad for Women?"

Watch the lecture live.

Photograph of Irshad Manji

Thursday, March 6, 2014
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
90 minutes
Toronto Reference Library Bram & Bluma Appel Salon

Irshad Manji is the bestselling Canadian author and professor of moral courage at New York University. She earned Oprah's first-ever Chutzpah Award for "audacity, nerve, boldness and conviction."

On March 6th, Irshad Manji joins TVO's Steve Paikin in conversation at the 2014 Bluma Lecture, held in the spirit and memory of Bluma Appel, who was a "first-stage rocket" for making the world a fairer, more inclusive place.

Past Lectures

2013: Sheryl WuDunn and Nicholas Kristof


Photograph of Sheryl WuDunn and Nicholas Kristoff

The inaugural Bluma Lecture on March 7, 2013 featured Pulitzer prize winners Sheryl WuDunn and Nicholas Kristof. They spoke about "our era's most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world," and how it is apparent, through the stories they portray in their documentary series "Half The Sky" now airing on PBS, "that the key to economic progress lies in unleashing women's potential." The Lecture was moderated by Ellie Tesher.

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Recommended Reading
Recommended Reading

Books that examine the social, economic and political issues facing women around the world.

About Bluma Appel
About Bluma Appel

Learn more about Bluma Appel, the inspiring Toronto philanthropist whom The Bluma Lecture is named after.

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