Assumption College to Host Eboo Patel, founder of Interfaith Youth Core

Eboo Patel, founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) – an organization at the vanguard of interfaith leadership – will speak from 5 to 6 p.m. on April 2 in Assumption College’s Laska Gymnasium.

Patel will talk about “Acts of Faith: Interfaith Leadership in a Time of Global Religious Crisis,” and his presentation will focus on how a leader defines reality. In a world too often convinced of the inevitable clash of civilizations, how do we lead our communities of faith to work with people from different religious and philosophical backgrounds and serve the common good? From Martin Luther King Jr. to Mahatma Gandhi, Dorothy Day to Abraham Joshua Heschel, the answer is clear: interfaith leadership.

Named by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Leaders of 2009, Eboo Patel established the IFYC in Chicago in 2002 to help build the global interfaith youth movement. Author of the award-winning book Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation, Patel is also a regular contributor to The Washington Post, USA Today and CNN. He served on President Obama’s inaugural Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes Scholarship.

The public is invited to request a free ticket by contacting the Assumption College President’s Office at 508-767-7321 or

Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College @AssumptionNews