Eboo Patel, author of award winning “Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation” and “Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America,” will kick off both the Literary Festival and Alvernia’s Founders Day celebration on Sept. 18 (7 p.m., Physical Education Center).
Patel, an American Muslim, is a member of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships, and is the founder of Interfaith Youth Core. His messages about the need for interfaith cooperation are incredibly relevant in today’s world, and an often discussed topic at Alvernia University. “Acts of Faith” (2010) is a story about an American Muslim read by all of Alvernia’s 2013 first-year students. “Sacred Ground” (2012) will be read by students in an Alvernia World Religions course. Patel is a regular contributor to the Washington Post, USA Today, Huffington Post, NPR, and CNN.Start Date: 9/18/2013 8:00 pm