St. Norbert College Miller Lecture Series to Feature Eboo Patel

Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m.

From St. Norbert College, February 13, 2014
by Stefanie Trinkl, stefanie.trinkl@snc.edu, 920-403-3089

Interfaith Youth Core founder and president Eboo Patel will present the Norman and Louis Miller Lecture in Public Understanding on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fort Howard Theater of the Bemis International Center on the St. Norbert College campus. The lecture, "Interfaith Leadership on America's Sacred Ground," is free and open to the public.

Patel's lecture will address post-9/11 prejudice against Muslims and look at how Americans from George Washington to Martin Luther King Jr. have been interfaith leaders, illustrating time and again how the forces of pluralism in America have defeated the forces of prejudice.

Patel received his Ph.D. in the sociology of religion from Oxford University. His core belief is that religion can be a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division. He is inspired to build this bridge by his faith as a Muslim, his Indian heritage and his American citizenship. He has spoken about this vision at the TED conference, the Clinton Global Initiative and the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, as well as on college and university campuses across the country.

Patel has written two books about interfaith cooperation, "Acts of Faith" and "Sacred Ground," and is also a regular contributor to the Washington Post, National Public Radio and CNN. He is a member of President Obama's Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

The Norman and Louis Miller Lecture in Public Understanding celebrates human dignity and encourages better understanding between people, promoting unity, communication and tolerance among different cultures, religions, ethnicities and traditions.

For more information, contact The Norman Miller Center for Peace, Justice and Public Understanding at 920-403-3881 or nmc@snc.edu.