Eboo Patel, president of Interfaith Youth Core, to lecture at Yale

Eboo Patel, founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core, will give the Coca-Cola World Fund at Yale Lecture on Wednesday, Jan. 16. It is free and open to the public.

Titled “Religious Conflict, Religious Cooperation: Toward a Field of Interfaith Studies,” the talk will be held in Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Ave., at 4 p.m. It is sponsored by the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, Yale Law School, and the Yale School of Management.

Named by U.S. News & World Report as one of “America's Best Leaders of 2009,” Patel is the author of the book “Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America,” and his 2007 autobiography, “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. He is also a regular contributor to the Washington Post, USA Today, Huffington Post, NPR, and CNN. Patel is a member of President Obama’s Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Growing out of community organizing Patel did in Chicago, the Interfaith Youth Core capitalizes on the positive force of faith to bring young people of diverse backgrounds together and empower communities.

The Coca-Cola World Fund at Yale was established in 1992 to support intersecting endeavors among specialists in international relations, international law, and the management of international enterprises and organizations. Previous lecturers have included Michael Doyle, Gary Hart, Tom Friedman, Nicholas Kristof, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Sam Nunn, Sadako Ogata, Samantha Power, Mary Robinson, and Raghuram Rajan.