The Common Reading Program book for the Class of 2019 and transfer students entering in Fall 2015 is Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation, by Eboo Patel.

PATEL-ActsFaithEboo Patel’s Acts of Faith has been chosen as the Common Reading Program book for Tufts undergraduates entering in Fall 2015. The book will be sent to all new first-year and transfer students to read, and the author will visit campus to lecture on Monday, September 21. Current students in all Tufts Schools as well as faculty, staff, and alumni are also encouraged to read the book and join in the conversation with the entering undergraduates on this year’s theme of religious and philosophical pluralism and interfaith cooperation. Read President Anthony P. Monaco’s letter to incoming undergraduates about the Common Reading Program.

The Common Reading Program is sponsored by the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service and the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Students, this year in partnership with the University Chaplaincy.

Author Lecture with Eboo Patel

“Personal Stories, Racial Diversity, and Active Citizenship:
Interfaith Leadership in the 21st Century”

September 21 | 7:30 p.m.
Cohen Auditorium
This event is free and open to the public!

Eboo HeadshotAbout the Author

Eboo Patel was born in India, was raised and educated in Illinois, and eventually earned a Rhodes scholarship to pursue a doctorate at Oxford. This coming of age story tells of his quest to understand and integrate multiple and sometimes conflicting identities—as an Indian, a Muslim, and an American. From enduring racist bullying as a child in school, through adolescent antics to try to fit in, to grappling with the injustices of both of his homelands, India and America, Patel seeks to understand who he is and his calling in the world. His journey provides a framework for understanding geopolitical movements that shape all of our lives today–from terrorism of all kinds, to the long history of those of all faiths who have striven for justice and peace.

—The Reverend Greg McGonigle, university chaplain, University Chaplaincy

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Goals of the Common Reading Program

  • Introduce incoming students to Tufts as an intellectual community
  • Provide a source of community-building for the entering class and transfer cohort
  • Explore together a timely topic connected to Tufts’ core values
  • Demonstrate interdisciplinary approaches to addressing social and political issues in society and the world
  • Encourage the use of critical thinking skills for engagement in civil dialogue

For More Information

Please contact Laura Doane, Associate Dean for Orientation and Student Transition, at or 617-627-4678.