Interfaith leader Eboo Patel to speak at Duke Feb. 3

Jan. 30, 2014 @ 02:27 PM

Eboo Patel, director of Interfaith Youth Core, will speak at Duke University Feb.3 about the place of interfaith understanding in the liberal arts curriculum.

Laurie Patton, dean of Trinity College of Arts and Sciences at Duke, will respond to Patel’s talk as part of the event.

The talk, “Interfaith Leadership in Public Life,” will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Duke Divinity School’s Goodson Chapel. It is free and open to the public.

“In this age of growing awareness of religious diversity, it is important to build up leaders who are well-equipped for engaging difference meaningfully,” said Christy Lohr Sapp, associate dean of Duke Chapel. “The college campus is a great place to cross boundaries and connect with diverse people and worldviews.”

The Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) seeks to promote religious diversity and trains college students in approaches to leadership that respect different faiths.

“We view religious and philosophical traditions as bridges of cooperation,” the group’s website says. IFYC has worked with partners including the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, the White House and the Office of Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan.

For information about IFYC, visit its website at http://www.ifyc.org/about-ifyc.

The event has been organized by Duke Chapel and Duke’s Trinity College of Arts and Sciences.