Eboo Patel, founder and director of the Interfaith Youth Core, will be the keynote speaker at Northwestern University’s Chicago campus 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration on Monday, January 17. Patel’s keynote address is part of a week-long series of events scheduled on Northwestern’s Chicago campus in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.
Patel is a member of President Barack Obama ’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships and through Interfaith Youth Core, he works to build mutual respect and pluralism among young people from different religious traditions by empowering them to work together to serve others. He is the Author of the award-winning book Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation and is also a regular contributor to the Washington Post, National Public Radio, USA Today and CNN.
In addition to the program, which will start at noon in Thorne Auditorium at the Law School, the Chicago campus events will include a series of lectures, service outings, and discussions the week prior to the commemoration program.
The celebration is presented by the Day to Recognize the Efforts and Achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King (D.R.E.A.M ) committee in collaboration with the Law School and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
D.R.E.A.M is an organization of University administrators and students that coordinates lectures and programs to inform faculty, staff and students on the Chicago campus about the teachings and contributions of Dr. King.
Northwestern will suspend classes Monday, January 17, on both campuses for a University-wide, full-day observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day federal holiday. (All other University operations will function that day.)