Eboo Patel on Interfaith Cooperation

On March 28, Eboo Patel, the founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core, a national nonprofit dedicated to promoting interfaith cooperation as a social norm, will be coming to the University of Iowa as part of the social justice Theme Semester, Just Living. As part of his day on campus, Patel will host two afternoon workshops. All religious and non-religious world views are invited to participate.

At 1 p.m., Patel will host a student leader conversation, discussing the types experiences that serve to form the basis of a personal narrative as an interfaith leader. Participants in the conversation will have the opportunity to reflect on their own experiences and to construct their own narratives as emerging interfaith leaders. Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to participate.

Following the student leader conversation, Patel will work with university and community members on the concept of interfaith cooperation. The 2 p.m. workshop will discuss vision, knowledgebase, and the skill-set needed to be an interfaith leader. Participants in the conversation will build their capacity and as interfaith leaders by discussing a real world case study and have the opportunity to translate this capacity into action by identifying concrete, achievable goals to promote a robust ecology of interfaith cooperation on campus and in the community. All students, staff, faculty, and community members are invited to participate.

For full information regarding the workshops, and to sign up for sessions, visit  http://bit.ly/ebooworkshop.  Seating is limited. Questions and accommodations can be directed to the Theme Semester at theme-semester@uiowa.edu or 319-335-0684. Please share this information with colleagues and friends who may be interested in this experience.

Concluding the day, join the Just Living Theme Semester, the Chief Diversity Office, and the Vice President for Student Life for a public lecture presented by Patel titled Sacred Ground: Interfaith Leadership in the 21st Century. The event is at 7 p.m. at the Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge, and is free and open to the public. View event details.