Opening General Session

"Irshad Manji is a Canadian author, educator at New York University and the Human Condition Labs (a global innovation hub), advocate of a “reformist” interpretation of Islam, and the founder and director of the Moral Courage Project. Jack Saddleback is currently serving as the President of the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union and is the first transgender person and fourth Aboriginal person to hold the role. Martine Desjardins is a former student leader of the “2012 Maple Spring” protest in which tens of thousands of students across Quebec took the streets in resistance to the provincial government’s plan to raise college and university tuition fees.Read More. Jay Smooth is founder and host of New York City’s longest running hip-hop radio program, WBAI’s “The Underground Railroad,” which launched in 1991 while only a teenager."