2019 Dag Folger "Critical Topics in Education" Speaker Series Presents:
Eboo Patel

Interfaith Leadership: Diversity is not Just the Differences You Like

The College of Education is excited to welcome Eboo Patel to campus as a part of our annual Dag Folger Speaker Series.

We live in an era where people choose sides and prepare for battle. What would it look like to be a leader who sought the well-being of the whole – both people you identify with, and people you don’t; people you agree with, and people you don’t; people on this side of the line, and people on the other side. What would it mean to engage in multicultural and interfaith work with the recognition that diversity is not just the differences you like?

In this talk, Eboo Patel, Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core, will draw on inspiring examples from American history and religious traditions to show how we can build a country where all people thrive. The best symbol for this is not a melting pot, but a potluck dinner. After all, a diverse democracy does not benefit from endless sameness, but upon the various gifts that its diverse people bring. If people don’t contribute, the nation doesn’t feast. The task of the leader is to inspire participation.

About the Speaker

Eboo Patel is the Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a non-profit organization that is working to make interfaith cooperation a social norm in America. He is the author of four books and dozens of articles, has spoken on more than 150 campuses, and served on President Obama’s Inaugural Faith Council.

Eboo Patel headshot

Event Details

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Main Event: 7 PM
Location: Townsend Center

Event is free and open to the public, tickets will be available one week out from the event (at the Townsend Center and the COE Dean's Office) and at the door.
Space is limited.

Event contact: Alicia McCamy, amccamy@westga.edu

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