Founders Day Lecture: Eboo Patel

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
End Date: 9/18/2013 11:00 pm
Location: Physical Education Center
Price: Free
Sponsor: Holleran Center for Community Engagement
Contact: 610-796-5509
  • History: Established as a private four-year liberal arts college in 1958, Alvernia celebrated its 50th year by being awarded university status in 2008.
  • Heritage: Founded by the Bernardine Sisters, a Catholic religious order, the university embraces the Franciscan core values of service, humility, collegiality, contemplation and peacemaking.
  • Motto: “To Learn, To Love, To Serve”
  • Campus: The main campus in Reading is 121 acres, with two satellite campuses in Philadelphia and Pottsville (Schuylkill County).
  • Location: Our residential campus is situated three miles from center-city Reading, in the scenic Blue Mountain area of Eastern Pennsylvania.
  • Enrollment: 3,000 students attend Alvernia including 1,500 traditional undergraduates, 600 continuing education students, and 780 graduate students. Over 77% of first-year students live on campus.
  • Faculty: Our professors are accomplished scholars, experts in their fields, and supportive mentors. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. Most classes are 20 students or fewer.
  • Athletics: NCAA Division III, member of the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation and member of Eastern College Athletic Conference, 8 men’s and 10 women’s intercollegiate sports.

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