Eboo Patel Speaks at SLU on Tuesday, October 5

posted Oct 1, 2010, 8:42 PM by cshevlin@slu.edu
Event Details: 7:00 p.m., October 05, Busch Student Center, Wool Ballroom, 20 N. Grand Blvd., Rooms 170-173, Lower Level, St. Louis, MO, 63103
Eboo Patel

Eboo Patel's award-winning Acts of Faith was this year's First-Year Summer Reading book selection. He also will lead a training session for members of the SLU community involved in efforts to enhance diversity and inclusion.

ST. LOUIS -- Critically acclaimed author Eboo Patel will discuss religious pluralism and other interfaith issues Monday night at Saint Louis University.

Patel's award-winning book, Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation, was SLU's 2010 First-Year Summer Reading selection.

His talk begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, in the Wool Ballroom of Busch Student Center. The event is free and open to the public, and Patel will be available to sign copies of his book following the presentation.For more information, call (314) 977-2805.

His appearance at SLU is sponsored by the student-led Great Issues Committee and the department of undergraduate initiatives.

On Wednesday, Oct. 6, Patel will lead a training session with student leaders, student development staff, campus ministers and others involved in SLU's diversity and inclusion efforts.


Patel earned his doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University while studying on a Rhodes Scholarship.

The founder and executive director of Interfaith Youth Core, Patel is a nationally recognized leader on religious diversity.

He also is a member of the Religious Advisory Committee of the Council on Foreign Relations and has served on the President's Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

A highly sought-after speaker, Patel has delivered lectures at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, the Clinton Global Initiative and universities around the world. He also is a regular contributor to The Washington Post, National Public Radio and CNN. He also appeared in the PBS documentary Three Faiths, One God.

In 2009, Patel earned the Freedom of Worship Medal from the Roosevelt Institute.