Panel discussion with author Eboo Patel, series co-editor Earl Lewis, and Council for Christian Colleges & Universities President Shirley Hoogstra
A passionate defense of religious diversity and its centrality to American identity
America is the most religiously devout country in the Western world and the most religiously diverse nation on the planet. In today’s volatile climate of religious conflict, prejudice, and distrust, how do we affirm the principle that the American promise is deeply intertwined with how each of us engages with people of different faiths and beliefs?
Join us for a discussion on the state of interfaith dialogue and the challenges and opportunities in today’s polarized climate for religious pluralism. Our conversation will highlight key observations from Eboo Patel’s new book, Out of Many Faiths, and feature author Eboo Patel, series co-editor Earl Lewis, and Council for Christian Colleges & Universities President Shirley Hoogstra.
Eboo Patel is the founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core, a nonprofit organization that promotes interfaith leadership on college campuses, and and former faith adviser to Barack Obama. He is also the author of other books including Interfaith Leadership: A Primer, and Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America.
Earl Lewis is the founding Director of the Center for Social Solutions at the University of Michigan. Before that he was the sixth President of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. He is the co-editor of the “Our Compelling Interests” book series with the Princeton University Press.
Shirley Hoogstra is the president of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities. Before joining CCCU in 2014 she was Calvin College’s vice president for student life. She is passionate about Christian higher education and the role it plays in the common good.
Zeenat Rahman (Moderator) is the project director of the Inclusive America Project at the Aspen Institute. She is an expert on global youth issues, interfaith and diversity engagement, and is a former diplomat.