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Interfaith Leader Eboo Patel to Speak at Meredith College

Eboo Patel, the founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) will speak at Meredith College on September 30, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. in Jones Auditorium.

Patel’s lecture, “Sacred Ground: Why Non-Religious and Religious Diversity Matter in the 21st Century,” is free and open to the public. For Meredith students, the lecture counts as an Academic/Cultural Event in general education.

IFYC is an organization that works primarily with college campuses to build a movement of interfaith cooperation. By giving voice to religious and non-religious identities, fostering mutually inspiring relationships with people of different backgrounds, and taking action together for the common good, religion can become a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier.

Patel is the author of Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation, which won the Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion, Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America, and the forthcoming book Interfaith Leadership: A Primer. He served on President Barack Obama’s inaugural Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. He and IFYC were honored with the Roosevelt Institute’s 2009 Freedom of Worship Medal and he was recently awarded the Guru Nanak Interfaith Prize, an award given to an individual to enhance awareness of the crucial role of religious dialogue in the pursuit of peace. He holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship.

In addition to the public lecture Eboo Patel will participate in the following events while at Meredith College:

Dedication of Meredith’s new Interfaith Meditation and Prayer Room, with a luncheon celebration
Noon to 1 p.m., Gazebo at Jones Chapel (Rain location: Common Room) 
Many will gather outside at the gazebo at noon for this dedication and celebration. Eboo Patel will speak briefly, and will talk about the importance of these spaces for the campus and beyond. There will be additional speakers and student performances during this event. All are welcome to attend.

Interfaith Youth Core staff workshop
3:30-4:15 p.m., Jones Auditorium
An open workshop for students with a focus on diversity and communication.   

Pre-talk reception with refreshments
4:15-5:20 p.m., Johnson Hall Rotunda
The Meredith community, special off-campus guests & area educators are invited.

Post-talk reception for Eboo Patel with refreshments
6:30-7:30 p.m., Johnson Hall Rotunda

Patel’s visit to Meredith is made possible by the Kenan Fund, the Mary Stowe Gullick Fund, the Office of Enrollment Management, the Office of the Chaplain, and your Convocation Committee. 


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