Religion and Politics in an Age of Fracture

Eboo Patel and Ken Stern

Second event in a series of three discussions on religion and politics in an age of fracture.



Knight Hall’s Emerson Auditorium Washington University in St. Louis

One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130


  • Religion and Politics in an Age of Fracture: Eboo Patel and Ken Stern

    Dr. Eboo Patel and Mr. Ken Stern with introduction by Prof. John Inazu (March 6, 2018)


This discussion series approaches the challenges arising out of divisions over religion and politics and how to bridge relationships in spite of those challenges. Please join us for one, two, or all three events. All events free and open to all.

RSVPs appreciated, but not required. Email or call (314) 935-9345 for more information and parking instructions.

The first discussion between John Inazu and Eboo Patel will be moderated by Adrienne Davis and will take place on February 6, 2018. The second discussion will feature Eboo Patel and Ken Stern on March 6, 2018. The third discussion will feature John Inazu and Emma Green on April 3, 2018.

Eboo Patel is a leading voice in the movement for interfaith cooperation and the Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a national nonprofit working to make interfaith cooperation a social norm. He is the author of Acts of Faith (2010), Sacred Ground (2013), and Interfaith Leadership (2016). Named by US News & World Report as one of America’s Best Leaders of 2009, Patel served on President Obama’s Inaugural Faith Council. He is a regular contributor to the public conversation around religion in America and a frequent speaker on the topic of religious pluralism. For over fifteen years, Patel has worked with governments, social sector organizations, and college and university campuses to help realize a future where religion is a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division. He holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship.

Ken Stern is co-founder and President of Palisades Media Ventures; former CEO of National Public Radio; and author. Stern is the author of 2017’s Republican Like Me, How I Left the Liberal Bubble and Learned to Love the Right and With Charities For All: Why Charities Are Failing and A Better Way to Give (2013).  He is also a frequent contributor to publications such as The Atlantic, Slate, the Daily Beast, The Washington Post and the Chronicle of PhilanthropyPrior to launching Palisades, Stern was the CEO of National Public Radio. Prior to joining NPR, Stern was a senior executive in American International Broadcasting. Earlier in his career, he held positions in Democratic politics. He began his media career with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Munich. Stern, a lawyer by training, holds degrees from Haverford College and Yale Law School. 


  • Eboo Patel

  • Ken Stern

  • John D. Inazu

    Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law & Religion and Professor of Political Science (by courtesy)