Eboo Patel

Friday, July 14, 2017

Location Amphitheater

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Founder and president, Interfaith Youth Core

Named by US News & World Report as one of America’s Best Leaders of 2009, Eboo Patel is the founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a Chicago-based organization building the interfaith movement on college campuses. 

Patel served on President Barack Obama’s inaugural Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and serves on the Religious Advisory Committee of the Council on Foreign Relations, on the Board of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, on the National Committee of the Aga Khan Foundation USA, and on the Department of Homeland Security’s Faith-based Advisory Council. Additionally, Patel is a Young Global Leader in the World Economic Forum and an Ashoka Fellow, part of a select group of social entrepreneurs whose ideas are changing the world.

Patel is the author of Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim in 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 Interfaith Leadership: A Primer. He was named by Islamica Magazine as one of 10 young Muslim visionaries shaping Islam in America. Both he and the IFYC were honored with the Roosevelt Institute’s Freedom of Worship Medal in 2009. Patel is also the recipient of 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.

Patel holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship.