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Eboo Patel, interfaith leader, to speak at convocation

March 18: At 3 p.m. in Phelps Stokes, Dr. Eboo Patel will lecture on “Acts of Faith: Interfaith Leadership in an Era of Religious Crisis” as part of the annual Robbins Peace Emphasis Convocation. The convocation is sponsored by the Willis D. Weatherford Campus Christian Center.

Dr. Eboo Patel

An American Muslim of Asian Indian heritage, Dr. Patel is the founder and Executive Director of the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a Chicago-based nonprofit institution building the global interfaith youth movement. Since February 2009, Patel has served as a member of President Obama’s Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. US News and World Report named Patel as one of America’s Best Leaders of 2009. As an Ashoka fellow, he is a social entrepreneur with extraordinary ideas about religious identity, social justice, faith, and interfaith understanding. Patel is also the author of award-winning biography, Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation. Patel also makes regular contributions to the Washington Post, National Public Radio and CNN. Patel holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship.

Dr. Patel first visited Berea College in 2005 and led an interfaith dialog session on campus. This year, he will be in scheduled meetings with various members of the Berea College campus community throughout the day in order to learn more about Berea’s historic and current commitments to religious pluralism, and to share his own insight about the importance of interfaith cooperation on college campuses.

Students traveled to Chicago last October to receive the Campus Bridge-Builders Award on behalf of the College and its IDEA Project. Dr. Patel expressed to the hundreds gathered that Berea College was one of his favorite places on earth, and proceeded to share Berea’s story and unique Christian heritage.

For more information about Dr. Patel's visit to Berea, contact Katherine Basham at (859)-985-3606

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