Keynote Address: Dr. Eboo Patel

Eboo Patel, founder and president of Interfaith America, the leading interfaith organization in the United States, will deliver a lecture as part of Fisher’s Spirit of Identity Week.

Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2024
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Cleary Family Auditorium, Kearney Hall

Dr. Eboo Patel

Dr. Eboo Patel

Free and open to the public, Patel’s talk is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 17, in Cleary Family Auditorium in Kearney Hall.

Named “one of America’s best leaders” by U.S. News and World Report, Patel is a civic leader who believes that religious diversity is an essential and inspiring dimension of American democracy. Under his leadership, Interfaith America has worked with governments, universities, private companies, and civic organizations to make faith a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division.

Patel’s talk, “We Need to Build: Field Notes for Diverse Democracy,” draws on his new book of the same title. The University has spent the last year weaving the book’s diversity, equity, and inclusion philosophies into the development and implementation of its new CORE curriculum through the assistance of a $5,000 grant from the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC). During the 2023 spring semester, faculty engaged in workshops and dialogue around his work. The final component of the grant involved inviting Patel to campus in the coming academic year.

His appearance coincides with the University’s Spirit of Identity Week, which features more than 25 events and activities that promote an appreciation for diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Hosted by the School of Arts and Sciences