2005 – Dr. Diana Eck

Coleman Barks

The formation of the Kansas City Festival of Faiths was inspired by Diana Eck, founder and director of the Pluralism Project at Harvard University, in a 2005 guest lecture presented at Village Presbyterian Church.

Author of A New Religious America: How a “Christian Country” Became the World’s Most Religiously Diverse Nation, Dr. Eck has received numerous honors and awards. The Pluralism Project — funded by the Lilly Endowment, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Ford Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation — involves students and professors at Harvard and in a dozen affiliate colleges and universities in research on America’s changing religious landscape.

Dr. Eck is a Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies at Harvard University.