Eboo Patel—September 2-3, 2009

Eboo Patel is the founder and executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based institution building the global interfaith youth movement.  He was recently appointed by President Obama to the Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Initiatives,where he is working to realize the President’s priority of interfaith cooperation.

He is the author of Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation. Eboo holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship. He writes "The Faith Divide", a featured blog on religion for The Washington Post and has also written for the Harvard Divinity School Bulletin, the Chicago Tribune, The Clinton Journal, The Review of Faith and International Affairs, The Sunday Times of India, and National Public Radio.

Eboo serves on the Religious Advisory Committee of the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Committee of the Aga Khan Foundation USA. He has spoken at the TED Conference, the Clinton Global Initiative, the Nobel Peace Prize Forum and at universities around the world.  Eboo is an Ashoka Fellow, part of a select group of social entrepreneurs whose ideas are changing the world; was named by Islamica Magazine as one of  ten young Muslim visionaries shaping Islam in America; was chosen by Harvard’s Kennedy School Review as one of five future policy leaders to watch; and was most recently selected to join the Young Global Leaders network of the World Economic Forum.

Mr. Patel's visit is presented in collaboration with Paideia Endowment, SAC Diversity, the Diversity Council, the Center for Ethics and Public Life, College Ministries, the Lecture and Fine Arts Committee, and the Sense of Vocation program.

Wednesday, September 2

5-7 p.m.: Mott Borlaug Room, Dahl Centennial Union, a soup supper workshop on integrating interfaith reflection and diverse perspectives into service events, for College Ministries and Diversity Center student leaders.

7:00 p.m.: CFL Main Hall, Question and Answer Session, open to all students

Thursday, September 3

9:40 a.m.: CFL Main Hall, Opening Convocation remarks

1:30 p.m.: Nobel Room, an exploratory workshop about Campus/Community Assessment tool designed to assess current state of religious pluralism and interfaith efforts on campus.

6:30-8:00 p.m.: CFL Recital Hall, "Religious Pluralism 101", open to the public.