The President's Distinguished Lecture Series brings notable figures to Connecticut College each year for a public presentation and informal meetings with students, faculty, and staff.


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Palmer Auditorium

7:00 PM - Open to the Public

The second annual lecture was given by Eboo Patel, founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core. His visit included a public lecture as well as meetings, classes, and a reception with students, faculty, and staff. He was joined by Noah Silverman '04, senior director of faculty initiatives at IFYC.

Eboo Patel, founder of Interfaith Youth Core and author of
Eboo Patel. (Image courtesy of Roanoke College)
In 2009, Patel was appointed to the first Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, whose mission is to improve the way government partners with community organizations to serve people in need. He has written and spoken extensively about the importance of interfaith cooperation in government, the social sector and on college campuses. He holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He is the author of four books, "Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation;" "Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America;" "Hearing the Call Across Traditions;" and "Interfaith Leadership: A Primer." "Acts of Faith," which won the 2010 Grawemeyer Award in Religion, was featured as the College's second winter break reading. Read more about Patel's talk: Eboo Patel, founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core, visits campus.