Lubar Institute Lecture – Monday, April 30th, 2012

Tonight the Lubar Institute is sponsoring a lecture given by Eboo Patel entitled “Acts of Faith: Interfaith Leadership in a Time of Global Religious Crisis.”  It will deal with the need to have interfaith dialogue between politicians and others in leadership positions in order to create a more peaceful and harmonious world.

More information:

Eboo Patel
Founder and President, Interfaith Youth Core

Monday, April 30
7:30 p.m.
Tripp Commons

A leader defines reality. In a world too often convinced of the inevitable clash of civilizations, how do we lead our communities of faith to work with people from different religious and philosophical backgrounds and serve the common good? From Martin Luther King, Jr. to Mahatma Gandhi, Dorothy Day to Abraham Joshua Heschel, the answer was clear: interfaith leadership.

Patel’s core belief is that religion is a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division. He’s inspired to build this bridge by his faith as a Muslim, his Indian heritage, and his American citizenship. He has spoken about this vision at places like the TED conference, the Clinton Global Initiative, and the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, as well as college and university campuses across the country. He writes about it regularly in The Washington Post, USA Today, and The Huffington Post, and is also the author of “Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation.”

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Third International Conference on Islam – April 13th-14th, 2012

This upcoming weekend the Third International Conference on Islam will convene in Madison, Wisconsin and will be focused on “Islam and Democracy” amongst other engaging Middle East and Islamic related discussions.  Some of the topics to be included, through papers, lectures and discussions, are:

  • Islamic Theological Perspectives on Democracy
  • Islam, Liberalism, and Pluralism
  • Islam, Secularism, and the State
  • Islam and Nationalism
  • Muslim Women and Democracy
  • Islam and Democracy in the Middle East
  • Islam and Democracy in Central Asia
  • Islam and Democracy in Europe
  • Islam and Democracy: Turkey Model
  • Arab Spring

More information on this huge gathering of minds can be found at http://www.islamconference.org/.  It promises to be an intellectually stimulating conference about the ever-changing political and cultural landscape of the Middle East and sure to be of interest to anyone concentrating in the area of Middle East Studies.