Media Advisory: Founder of Interfaith Youth Core to speak March 1

Eboo Patel, the founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based organization building the global interfaith youth movement, will speak at Wake Forest University March 1.

Named one of America’s Best Leaders of 2009 by U.S. News & World Report, Patel will give a talk, “Acts of Faith:  Interfaith Leadership in a Time of Global Religious Crisis,” at 6 p.m. in Wait Chapel.

The event is free and open to the public and is part of Wake Forest’s Voices of Our Time speaker series, which brings to campus the world’s leading thinkers—including scholars, scientists, writers, business and public policy leaders, activists and religious leaders—for discussions on the important national and international issues of our time.

Patel’s Interfaith Youth Core facilitates interfaith bridge-building among young people by involving them in service projects around the world. Author of the award-winning book, “Acts of Faith,” Patel served on President Obama’s inaugural Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

He is a regular contributor to the Washington Post, USA Today, National Public Radio and CNN.  In 2011, he was profiled in the New York Times.

Patel speaks often about his vision at places like TED conferences, the Clinton Global Initiative, and the Nobel Peace Prize Forum. As a Rhodes Scholar, he studied at Oxford University and earned a doctoral degree in the sociology of religion.


Cheryl Walker, 336-758-6073,

Stephanie Skordas, 336-758-3826,

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