Shurden Lectures

Thu, 3/5/20
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Shurden Lecture speaker Eboo Patel

Eboo Patel will deliver the 2020 Walter B. and Kay W. Shurden Lectures on Religious Liberty and Separation of Church and State on March 5 at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas.

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Eboo Patel is the Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a nonprofit organization that is working to make interfaith cooperation a social norm in America. He is the author of four books and dozens of articles, has spoken on more than 150 campuses, and served on President Obama’s Inaugural Faith Council.

A key figure on issues of religious diversity and democracy, Eboo was named one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report in 2009. He is the author of Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation; Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America; Interfaith Leadership: A Primer; and Out of Many Faiths: Religious Diversity and the American Promise. He also publishes a regular blog for Inside Higher Ed, called Conversations on Diversity.

Schedule: Thursday, March 5
11:30 a.m. – 12 noon
Lecture #1: Religious Freedom and a Theology of Interfaith Cooperation
Perkins Chapel

12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Conversation with Eboo Patel and Lunch
Hosted by the Baptist House of Studies in partnership with Faith Commons
Great Hall in Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall
RSVP required for members of the general public. Lunch is $10, and a parking pass will be provided after RSVP.

2 p.m. -3:20 p.m.
Lecture #2: Religious Freedom and Interfaith Leadership
Harold Clark Simmons Hall, Rooms 101A and 101D

Baptist House of Studies at Perkins School of Theology
Southern Methodist University
5915 Bishop Blvd
Dallas, Texas

The 2020 Walter B. and Kay W. Shurden Lectures are sponsored by BJC and the Baptist House of Studies at Perkins School of Theology.

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