The Carr Lecture

Eboo PatelAbout the Lecturer 

Eboo founded Interfaith Youth Core on the idea that religion should be a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division. He is inspired to build this bridge by his identity as an American Muslim navigating a religiously diverse social landscape.

For over 15 years he has worked with governments, social sector organizations, and college and university campuses to help make interfaith cooperation a social norm. Named by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Leaders of 2009, Eboo served on President Obama’s Inaugural Faith Council and is the author of Acts of FaithSacred Ground, and Interfaith Leadership: A Primer. He holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship.

Lecture Description

Eboo Patel believes that diverse faith and philosophical identities can serve as bridges of cooperation rather than barriers of division. Interfaith leaders have the knowledge base and skill set to voice their values, engage diversity, and act to advance the common good. Join us to learn more about this idea, and to explore your own identity as an interfaith leader.

About the Carr Lecture

The Joseph M. Carr Lecture was funded in 1911 by the terms of the will of the Rev. Joseph M. Carr, D.D. Rev. Carr, a member of the second class to graduate from Mount Union, was a close associate of President Hartshorn in the early days of Mount Union. The conditions under which the lectureship was given, state that the lecture shall always be upon the subject "The Mission of the Christian College to the World."

 

Past Carr Lecturers

1917-18   

William Oxley Thompson, president of Ohio State University

1918-19

Charles Franklin Thwing, president of Western Reserve University

1919-20

Rev. Lauress J. Birney, dean of the School of Theology at Boston University

1920-21

Rev. Fred Luke Wiseman, president of the Wesleyan Church in Great Britain

1921-22

Rev. Thomas Nicholson, bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church

1922-23

Rev. Frank Du Moulin, bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church

1923-24

Eric C. Hopwood, editor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer

1924-25

Rev. Samuel Chadwick, president of Cliff College

1925-26

Robert Ernest Vinson, president of Western Reserve University

1926-27

Everett William Lord, dean of the College of Business Administration at Boston University

1927-28

Fred Lewis Patte, professor of English at Pennsylvania State College

1928-29

Samuel Christian Schmucker, professor emeritus of biology at Pennsylvania State University

1929-30

Walter Scott Athearn, head of the Department of Religious Education at Boston University

1930-31

Robert Lincoln Kelly, executive secretary of the Association of American Colleges

1931-32

Donald John Cowling, president of Carleton College

1934-35

Rev. F.C. Eiselen, corresponding secretary of the Board of Education of the Methodist Episcopal Church

1935-36

G. Rowland Collins, associate dean, and professor of marketing at New York City University

1936-37

Frank Durward Slutz, author, and educator

1937-38

George Frederick Zook, president of the American Council on Education

1938-39

William Pearson Tolley, president of Allegheny College

1939-40

Lynn Harold Hough, dean of Drew Theological Seminary

1940-41

Whitney Jennings Oates, assistant professor of classics at Princeton University

1941-42

Bernard Chancellor Clausen, pastor of First Baptist Church

1942-43

James H. Straughn, resident bishop of the Pittsburgh Area of the Methodist Church

1943-44

Roy L. Smith, editor of The Christian Advocate

1944-45

Walter Kirkland Greene, president of Wofford College

1945-46

Fred Pierce Corson, resident bishop of the Philadelphia Area of the Methodist Church

1946-47

Joseph M. M. Gray, minister of Bexley Methodist Church

1948-49

Lloyd C. Wicke, resident bishop of the Pittsburgh Area of the Methodist Church

1953-54

Hazen G. Werner, resident bishop of the Ohio Area of the Methodist Church

1954-55

William Lincoln Hart, judge of the Supreme Court of Ohio

1984-85

Dr. Robert Jewett, professor of New Testament interpretation at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary

1987-88

Dr. Charles B. Ketcham, James Mills Thoburn Chair of Religion at Allegheny College

1994-95

Dr. James Reagan, ethicist of St. Elizabeth Medical Center

1998-99

Leonard I. Sweet, dean of the Theological School and vice president of Drew University

2004-05

Rev. Dr. John Haughey, S.J. professor of Christian ethics, Loyola University Chicago, Senior Fellow, Woodstock Theological Center, Georgetown University

2005-06

Dr. William Lane Craig, research professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology

2008-09

Dr. Tony Campolo, evangelist, and sociologist

2009-10

Dr. Stanley Hauerwas, the Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at the Divinity School of Duke University

2011-12

Dr. Gail O’Day, dean and professor of New Testament and preaching at Wake Forest University’s School of Divinity

2014-15

Rev. Ray Buchanan Presents Carr Lecture

2015-16

Rev. Dr. Ted A. Smith Presents Carr Lecture 

2017-18

Eboo Patel, founder, and president of Interfaith Youth Core 

 

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