Eboo Patel to be Commencement Speaker
Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at 9 a.m.
Claremont Lincoln University is pleased to announce Eboo Patel Ph.D., popular speaker, author, and President of Interfaith Youth Core, as its Commencement Speaker, as well as the recipient of the first Claremont Lincoln University honorary doctorate.* The University will join Claremont School of Theology in a combined graduation ceremony, during which the School of Theology will also award an honorary doctorate to renowned American theologian John B. Cobb, Jr., Ph.D.
Named by US News & World Report as one of America's Best Leaders of 2009, Eboo Patel is the Founder as well as President of Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based organization building the interfaith movement on college campuses. Dr. Patel believes that religion is a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division. He is inspired to build this bridge by his faith as a Muslim, his Indian heritage, and his American citizenship. He has spoken about this vision at places like the TED conference, the Clinton Global Initiative, and the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, as well as campuses across the country.
Author of the book Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America, and Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation, which won the Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion, Dr. Patel is also a regular contributor to the Washington Post, USA Today, Huffington Post, NPR, and CNN.
He served on President Obama's inaugural Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship. He was an Ashoka Fellow, part of a select group of social entrepreneurs whose ideas are changing the world, and was recently awarded the Guru Nanak Interfaith Prize, an award given to an individual to enhance awareness of the crucial role of religious dialogue in the pursuit of peace. Dr. Patel lives in Chicago with his wife, Shehnaz Mansuri, and their two sons.
*Claremont Lincoln, which was established in 2011, currently receives its accreditation through Claremont School of Theology, but is on track to be accredited on its own soon after the Commencement Ceremony.
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