Founder of Interfaith Youth Organization to Present UVU Presidential Lecture
August 29, 2014
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Melinda Colton | 801-863-6807
Written by: Kellene Ricks Adams | 801-863-8504
Eboo Patel, founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core and a member of President Barack Obama’s inaugural Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, will be the first Presidential Lecture Series presenter of the fall semester at Utah Valley University. His Sept. 3 lecture, titled “Changing the World through Interfaith Cooperation,” will be part of the official ribbon-cutting events for UVU’s new Reflection Center. Patel’s address, which is free to the public, will be held at 1 p.m. in the Grande Ballroom of the Sorensen Student Center.
Patel believes that religion can be a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division. He has shared this vision through numerous lectures around the country, including the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, the TED conference, and the Clinton Global Initiative. As part of his vision, he founded the Interfaith Youth Core, a nonprofit organization committed to making interfaith cooperation a natural part of society. The organization focuses on students, believing that American students, supported by their campuses, can be the interfaith leaders needed to make religion a bridge rather than a barrier.
“We met with Eboo and his team last summer when we took a group of students to an interfaith leadership workshop,” said Brian D. Birch, director of the Religious Studies Program. “He was particularly interested in UVU because we are unique in the world of higher education — a large state-run university with a high concentration of one religious community. As a result, we’ve developed a formal partnership with Interfaith Youth Core, and we’re honored to have him come as part of our Presidential Lecture Series.”
The Sept. 3 daylong ribbon-cutting event focuses on the completion of the University’s new Reflection Center, a space created for the UVU community to gather for meditation, prayer and reflection.