By MEGAN AHERN/Montana State News

Irshad Manji, Muslim reformist and best-selling author, will speak at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 22 in the Strand Union Ballrooms at Montana State University, according to university communications. Manji founded and directs the Moral Courage Project at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University, according to university communications.

In an interview with “60 Minutes” journalist Lesley Stahl, Manji said, “Doing the right thing in the face of our fears makes us whole.” As both a Muslim and a lesbian, Manji says she knows how challenging it can be to stand up to discrimination and adversity, according to the Moral Courage Project. She seeks to promote self-empowerment and encourages listeners to, “discover our personal missions,” according to the Moral Courage Project.

Student associate Thomas McGrath said MSU’s Leadership Institute will host Manji’s visit. The Leadership Institute is excited to welcome such an inspirational and passionate individual, especially following a request from a campus diversity group for more representation in the university, according to McGrath.

Tickets to the event cost $5 and can be purchased at the Bobcat Ticket Office, according to university communications. Ticket sales began Jan. 12 and will continue through the date of the event or until all tickets are sold, according to university communications.

-Edited by Alexandra Dubin