Keynotes

Eboo Patel, Ph.D., Executive Director Interfaith Youth Core

Eboo Patel is the founder and Executive Director of the Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based international nonprofit working to build mutual respect and pluralism among religiously diverse young people by empowering them to work together to serve others.  He is the author of Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation, released by Beacon Press in June 2007. Eboo holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship. He serves as an online panelist for the "On Faith" blog, co-hosted by The Washington Post and Newsweek Magazine.  Eboo also serves on the Religious Advisory Committee of the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Committee of the Aga Khan Foundation USA, the Advisory Board of Duke University's Islamic Studies Center, and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He has written for The Chicago Tribune, The Journal of Muslim Law and Culture, The Harvard Divinity School Bulletin and National Public Radio. He is a sought-after speaker, delivering the Keynote Speech at the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Forum and the Commencement Address at Augsburg College in 2006. Eboo is an Ashoka Fellow, part of a select group of social entrepreneurs whose ideas are changing the world, and was featured in Islamica Magazine as one of the leading young Muslim visionaries in America.


Ingrid Mattson, Ph.D.,  Director of the Macdonald Center for The Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations; Director of Islamic Chaplaincy Program, Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations Hartford Seminary

Dr. Mattson earned her Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from the University of Chicago in 1999.  Her research is focused on Islamic law and society; among her articles are studies on slavery, poverty and Islamic legal theory.  
Dr. Mattson was born in Canada, where she studied Philosophy at the University of Waterloo, Ontario (B.A. ’87).  From 1987-1988 she lived in Pakistan where she worked with Afghan refugee women.  In 2001 she was elected Vice-President of ISNA and in 2006 she was elected President of the organization. Dr. Mattson is the first convert to Islam and the first female to lead the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). 







David Ellenson, Rabbi, Ph.D., President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) and I.H. and Anna Grancell Professor of Jewish Religious Thought 

Dr. David Ellenson is a distinguished rabbi, scholar, and leader of the Reform Movement. He is internationally recognized for his publications and research in the areas of Jewish religious thought, ethics, and modern Jewish history. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1981 and was ordained by HUC-JIR in 1977. He is a Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute of Jerusalem and a Fellow and Lecturer at the Institute of Advanced Studies at Hebrew University in Jerusalem






Gail Bowman, Reverend, J.D., M.Div, University Chaplain at Dillard University


Gail Bowman is University Chaplain and Assistant Professor of Religion at Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she has worked for 14 years.  She is a transplanted southerner having grown up in Iowa, and is a graduate of the University of Iowa, Harvard Law School and Howard University School of Divinity.  Bowman was College Minister at Spelman College in Atlanta before moving to New Orleans.  Recent activities include preaching Baccalaureate at Bucknell University in May of 2011, and Stanford University in June of 2011.  She has several published sermons to her credit as well as a book on the art of offering public prayer: Praying the Sacred in Secular Settings.






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