Eboo Patel on “Identity, Diversity & Democracy”

Eboo Patel's seminars will be held the week of January 8, 2018

All IOP Pritzker Fellows Seminars will be held in the IOP Living Room unless otherwise noted. 
All seminars are students only and closed to press/off the record.

Session 1 (January 8 at 12:30p): Identity, Privilege, & the Public Sphere | RSVP

America prides itself on being a diverse democracy, but there have long been tensions and inequalities between identity communities. What kinds of identity discourse are required to build a more perfect union? What kinds are unhealthy or counterproductive? This seminar will consider a variety of approaches to identity politics.

Session 2 (January 9 at 12:30p): Why Interfaith Work Matters in Public Life | RSVP

The Civil Rights movement could easily be understood as an interfaith initiative. Since that era, the United States has only gotten more religiously diverse. What perils and possibilities does this religious diversity present for our politics and public life today?

Session 3 (January 10 at 3:30p): The American Ummah in the Age of Islamophobia" | RSVP

The era of Islamophobia is causing interesting shifts within the Muslim community in the United States. Proudly non-practicing Muslims like Aziz Ansari are now popular defenders of the Muslim community in the public square. Immigrant Muslims and their descendants are adopting the narratives of African American Muslims, as if their ancestors came off slave ships themselves. What do these dynamics teach us about America, Islam and American Islam?