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Author Eboo Patel on Interfaith Activism and Pluralism

In the decade following the attacks of 9/11, suspicion and animosity toward American Muslims has increased rather than subsided. In this timely new book, author, activist, and presidential advisor Eboo Patel says this prejudice is not just a problem for Muslims but also a challenge to the very idea of America. Sacred Ground shows readers that Americans from George Washington to Martin Luther King Jr. have been “interfaith leaders,” and it illustrates how the forces of pluralism in America have time and again defeated the forces of prejudice.

Read Patel’s message to all educators and students:

College changed me, and it made me want to change the world – especially regarding diversity. I entered as a freshman embarrassed by my brown skin, my strange name, and my mother’s food. I exited with a vision of a nation where people from diverse backgrounds live in equal dignity and mutually loyalty.

Sacred Ground is my Muslim eyes on the American project. The book highlights a dimension of America’s diversity that receives far too little attention Continue reading

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Concordia College Selects Acts of Faith a Second Time

Concordia College in Moorhead, MN has picked Eboo Patel’s Acts of Faith as a common reading title again for a second year. Whereas the book had been selected as a “summer read” a previous year at Concordia, the college is excited to launch its first ever campus-wide “Big Read” program, beginning with Acts of Faith! This text will be read among all incoming freshmen for the 2012-13 school year.

Acts of Faith is Eboo Patel’s remarkable account of a coming of age and learning to understand what led him toward religious pluralism rather than hatred. His story is a hopeful and moving testament to the power and passion of young people, and to the notion that we find the fulfillment of our identities in the work we do in the world.

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5 More Colleges Leap on Acts of Faith for Common Reading

Five more schools have chosen Eboo Patel’s Acts of Faith as their common reading book selection this year! These college’s include: Colgate University of Hamilton, NY; Capital University in Columbus, OH; Loras Collage in Dubuque, IA; Amarillo College in Amarillo, TX; and Marywood College of Scranton, PA.

Acts of Faith is Eboo Patel’s remarkable account of coming of age and coming to understand what led him toward religious pluralism rather than hatred. His story is a hopeful and moving testament to the power and passion of young people, and to the notion that we find the fulfillment of our identities in the work we do in the world.

Patel was one of our featured speakers during Random House’s FYE conference in Atlanta and I was lucky enough to hear him speak. His own story is profound but more importantly his message is a call to action for universal tolerance – starting with college students. Have you read Acts of Faith, or heard anything about it? Let others know what you think by leaving a comment here!

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Mark your calendars for the Seventh Annual Random House First-Year Experience Author Luncheon!

        

Random House announces its Seventh Annual Author Luncheon at the 2011 First-Year Experience Conference in Atlanta, GA.

Authors in attendance include:

Wes Moore, author of The Other Wes Moore: The Story of One Name and Two Fates
Eboo Patel, author of Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, in the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation
Jon Prendergast, author of The Enough Moment: Fighting to End Africa’s Worst Human Rights Crimes
Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

WHEN: Monday, February 7th, 11:30AM-1:30PM
WHERE: Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, GA, Room A602 on the Atrium Level
WHY: To hear four authors speak about their books

Past luncheon authors have included Tracy Kidder, Carlotta Walls LaNier, Sonia Nazario, Warren St. John and Bill Strickland.

Join us for FREE books and FREE lunch!

View the invitation here and RSVP soon! Space is limited!

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Author Eboo Patel quoted on American Muslims in The NY Times

Last Sunday’s edition of The New York Times prominently featured an article on American Muslims. Quoted in this timely article was author Eboo Patel whose book, Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, in the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation, was published by Beacon Press in July.

Mr. Patel will be a featured speaker at the upcoming Seventh Annual Random House, Inc. Author Luncheon during the First-Year Experience Conference which is taking place in February.

Read the New York Times article here.

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