He’s the guest speaker at Sugerman Interfaith Forum April 22.

Eboo Patel will be speaking at Drew on April 22.
Eboo Patel will be speaking at Drew on April 22.

Eboo Patel, Rhodes Scholar and founder of the Interfaith Youth Core, which promotes interfaith cooperation, will be the guest speaker at the 2015 Shirley Sugerman Interfaith Forum.

The forum is at 8 p.m. on April 22 in the Concert Hall at the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts at Drew University. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through the university box office at 973.408.3917. A book signing will follow the talk. Visit drew.edu/sugerman for details.

Patel, a member of President Obama’s Inaugural Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships, wrote the best-selling Acts of Faith. He launched the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) in 2002 and works to make interfaith activism the norm on college campuses. Through IFYC, Patel provides leadership training to students on interfaith communication and action.

Thanks to a grant from IFYC, Drew’s Center on Religion, Culture & Conflict teaches Global Peacebuilding and Leadership, a first-year seminar that was taught by interdisciplinary faculty from the sciences, history, anthropology, theology and Irish studies. Participating students took part in a peace forum for Israeli and Palestinian parents, the public launch of a peace tour with Irish humanitarian Don Mullan and Daniel Pearl World Music Days, where students performed music to promote tolerance and remember slain journalist Daniel Pearl.

Patel graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Campaign and holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University. He has led numerous interfaith youth projects in India, Sri Lanka and South Africa and was named one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report, was included on the Top 50 Power and Influence List by The NonProfit Times and was called a Future Policy Leader by the Harvard Kennedy School Review.