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Award-Winning Author to Deliver Public Lecture and Headline Student Convocation at Loyola University Chicago
Eboo Patel, PhD, to Discuss Interfaith Leadership and Transformative Education
CHICAGO,July 22, 2010 – On Friday, August 27, Eboo Patel, PhD, founder and executive director of Chicago-based Interfaith Youth Core and a member of President Obama’s advisory council of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, will deliver a public lecture on the Loyola University Chicago Lake Shore Campus. Patel will discuss Interfaith Leadership and Transformative Educationat 7 p.m., in the Mundelein Center Auditorium, 1032 W. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, Illinois.
Patel, who was named one of America’s Best Leaders of 2009 by U.S.News & World Report, is the award-winning author of Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation and a regular contributor to the Washington Post, National Public Radio, and CNN. He was named one of ten young Muslim visionaries shaping Islam in America by Islamica Magazine. He was also chosen by Harvard’s Kennedy School Review as one of five future policy leaders to watch. Patel holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship.
Following his lecture, Patel will sign copies of Acts of Faith and This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women in the University’s Simpson Multipurpose Room. Both the public lecture and book signing are free to attend, but registration is required. To register, visit LUC.edu/patel.
As a home for all faiths, Loyola University Chicago is an ideal location for Eboo Patel to discuss the importance of interfaith leadership and how to get young people involved in the movement,said John Pelissero, PhD, Loyola’s provost. He is a proven leader and his extensive work with the Interfaith Youth Core relates well to Loyola’s commitment to social justice, global awareness, values-based leadership, and a transformative education.
In addition to his public lecture, earlier in the day, Patel will participate in a reception with the University’s faculty members, and he will headline Loyola’s First-Year Student Convocation, where he and Loyola University Chicago president Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., will induct first-year students into their graduating class, officially kicking-off the students’ academic careers at Loyola.
Patel’s visit to Loyola University Chicago is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the School of Education, the Division of Public Affairs, and the Office of First-Year Experience. For more information on Patel and his Interfaith Youth Core, visit www.ifyc.org.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago, founded in 1870, is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university. Enrollment is more than 15,800 students, which includes more than 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s 10 schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Loyola is consistently ranked among the “top national universities” by U.S.News & World Report, and the University was named a “best value” in the publication’s 2010 rankings. In addition, Loyola is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations, such as the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about Loyola, please visit LUC.edu.