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Common Reading Experience 

Brief summary of Acts of Faith

This year the Common Reading committee has selected Acts of Faith, by Eboo Patel as its common reading book for the 2014-2015 academic year. Eboo Patel is a social activist and co-founder of the Interfaith Youth Core based in Chicago. In Acts of Faith, Patel discusses his passage from adolescent apathy to an urgency to be a part of something during his college years. Through his serendipitous journey, Patel reflects on his own beliefs, his interactions with non-believers and believers of many different faiths, and his call to act on his own passion to develop the Interfaith Youth Core to bring people together to promote civic engagement through service learning and dialogue. Acts of Faith opens a door to discussion on formulating identity and determining belief systems, a topic that is developmentally relevant and often on the minds of our students as they navigate their transition in and through to college.

The book is required in all UNIV 101/201 courses and general education courses typically taken by first-year students. The book can be purchased at the University Bookstore, at popular booksellers, or online (both used and new copies).  It’s also available for e-readers, can be downloaded through the NIU Libraries' catalog, and can be borrowed from the DeKalb Public Library.

Visit the EVENTS link to discover how the book is being used at NIU and learn about all of the exciting opportunities to get involved!

Watch Eboo Patel's presentation from his visit to NIU in Fall 2014

Faculty and Students speaking about Acts of Faith 

Introducing the Interfaith Youth Core

Eboo Patel's speech on Boston Marathon Bombing

Click here to access the Interfaith Youth Core Website