Eboo Patel to Discuss Leadership in a Time of Global Religious Crisis at Nov. 2 Curtis Lecture

Eboo Patel, founder and executive director of the Chicago-based Interfaith Youth Core, will present “Acts of Faith: Interfaith Leadership in a Time of Global Religious Crisis,” at Nebraska Wesleyan University’s Curtis Lecture on Public Leadership.

The lecture will be held Wednesday, November 2 at 7 p.m. in O’Donnell Auditorium, 50th Street and Huntington Ave. The program is free and open to the public. The lecture will also be available live on the NWU website.

The goal of Patel’s Interfaith Youth Core is to bring young people from different faith communities together to build understanding and cooperation. Patel believes religion is a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division.

Patel speaks often about his vision at places like TED conferences, the Clinton Global Initiative, and the Nobel Peace Prize Forum and is a regular contributor for the Washington Post, USA Today, National Public Radio and CNN.

Born in Mumbai, India, Patel is a Muslim-American who attended the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where he received his bachelor’s degree. He went on to Oxford University were he received his doctoral degree in sociology of religion studying as a Rhodes scholar.

He is the author of the award-winning book, “Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation.”

He is an Ashoka Fellow, part of an elite network of social entrepreneurs with ideas that have the potential to change the world. He was appointed by President Barack Obama to the advisory council of the White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Initiatives.

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Eboo Patel, executive director of Interfaith Youth Core, will share his vision at a NWU lecture on Nov. 2.