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Eboo Patel to speak at Santa Clara University

Eboo Patel
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Eboo Patel, founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core, a youth-oriented interfaith group based in Chicago, will speak at Santa Clara University on Wednesday April 9, 2014 at 7:30 pm. His topic, drawn from the subject of his most recent book, will be "Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America."

Patel, a Muslim-American, is concerned at how opinion makers and politicians have too often invoked the threat of Islam as anti-American and unworthy of trust. What has enabled Islamophobia to move from the fringes of public conversation to become almost part of the mainstream? Can a commitment to pluralism be strong enough to counter hatred and suspicion?

Eboo Patel is a member of President Barack Obama's inaugural Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships, an author of several books, including two on interfaith cooperation, the abovementioned Sacred Ground (Beacon, 2012) and Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation (2nd edition, Beacon, 2010). He has spoken at the TEDxWomen Talks, the Clinton Global Initiative, and the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, as well as college and university campuses across the country.

The event will be held in the Mayer Theatre on the Santa Clara University Campus; tickets are $25 general; $20 students. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to

This will be the third in this year's President's Speaker Series: "Shared Values in the World, the Nation, and the Community." Previous speakers in the series were former Secretary of State Condolezza Rice and Jed York, CEO of the San Francisco 49ers.

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