Thursday, March 14, 2013

Press Release/PSA: Renowned Interfaith Leader and Author Eboo Patel Talks on Interfaith Cooperation To Combat Prejudice and Anti-Muslim Sentiment

The University YMCA welcomes Eboo Patel, member of President Obama's inaugural Faith Advisory Council and founder of Interfaith Youth Core, to speak on April 5th at Friday Forum.  The title of Eboo's talk is "Standing Your Sacred Ground." There is no better time to stand up for your values than when they are under attack. 

When: April 5th, 2013, 12 Noon   

Where: Latzer Hall, University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright Street, Champaign, Illinois  

Talk Details: In the decade following the attacks of 9/11, suspicion and animosity toward American Muslims and alarmist, hateful rhetoric invoking the specter of Islam as a menacing, deeply anti-American force have become commonplace rather than being relegated to the fringes of political discourse. This prejudice is a challenge to the ideals of American life.  On April 5th, renowned interfaith leader Eboo Patel will discuss the art and science of interfaith work, showing us that Americans from George Washington to Martin Luther King Jr. have been "interfaith leaders." Sharing stories from the frontlines of interfaith activism, he'll bring to life the growing body of research on how faith can be a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier.  Eboo's talk will coincide with his engagement as keynote speaker at the 2013 Illinois Conference on Interfaith Collaboration, on campus April 5-7.

Photo Courtesy of Interfaith Youth Core
Bio: Eboo Patel is inspired to build bridges of interfaith cooperation by his faith as a Muslim, his Indian heritage, and his American citizenship. Eboo's fight for social justice led him to create Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), an organization committed and dedicated to achieving religious pluralism and inspiring youth to challenge and change the world. Both Eboo and IFYC were honored with the Roosevelt Institute's Freedom of Worship Medal in 2009. Author of the book Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, and his latest book Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America, Eboo is also a regular contributor to the Washington Post, USA Today, Huffington Post, NPR, and CNN.

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Additional Information: The views expressed by the speakers do not necessarily reflect the views of the University YMCA, co-sponsors, or the Friday Forum committee. A sign language interpreter is available within a 72 hour notice (contact Carol Nunn at 217-337-1500).  All forums are radio broadcast at 6:00pm on WEFT 90.1 the Monday following the lecture.  For more information, plus a list of our sponsors, please visit

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