September 19, 2014, BY Kathryn Kopchik

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Eboo PatelEboo Patel, Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), will give the talk, "Sacred Ground: Why Religion Matters in the 21st Century," Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Rooke Chapel at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is part of the celebration surrounding the Rooke Chapel's 50th anniversary. Patel's book, Sacred Ground, will be available for purchase following the talk for a book-signing.

Patel's talk is sponsored by the Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life, Arnaud Marts Religion in Life Fund, Office of the Provost, Office of the Associate Provost for Diversity, and Campus Jewish Life.

Named by US News & World Report as one of America's Best Leaders of 2009, Patel is the Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a Chicago-based organization building the interfaith movement on college campuses.

He is the author of the book Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, in the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation, which won the Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion; Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America; and the forthcoming book Interfaith Leadership: A Primer.

Patel, who served on President Barack Obama's inaugural Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, is also a regular contributor to the Washington Post, USA Today, Huffington Post, NPR, and CNN.

He serves on the Religious Advisory Committee of the Council on Foreign Relations, on the Board of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, on the National Committee of the Aga Khan Foundation USA, and on the Department of Homeland Security's Faith-based Advisory Council.

He has spoken at the TED Conference, the Clinton Global Initiative, the Nobel Peace Prize Forum and universities around the world. Patel is a Young Global Leader in the World Economic Forum and an Ashoka Fellow, part of a select group of social entrepreneurs whose ideas are changing the world.

He was named by Islamica Magazine as one of 10 young Muslim visionaries shaping Islam in America and was chosen by Harvard's Kennedy School Review as one of five future policy leaders to watch. He holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship.

Both Patel and IFYC were honored with the Roosevelt Institute's Freedom of Worship Medal in 2009. Patel 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.

Other events in the celebration, Weaving Together the Threads of Our Spiritual Lives: Rooke Chapel and Beyond, A 50th Anniversary Celebration, are planned for the semester.