Kelly Commons, Room 5C
Department of Religious Studies at Manhattan College
Thursday, March 2, 2023
As turban-wearing Sikhs growing up in Texas, Simran Jet Singh and his brothers faced racism daily. On the soccer field, on the basketball court, and especially at the airport. Over the years, Singh learned that the same tradition that caused him to look different had unique wisdom for confronting the challenges of our time. He has studied and practiced these teachings and shares insights on how Sikh ideas can enrich us all.
Simran Jet Singh, Ph.D. is the executive director of the Religion and Society Program at the Aspen Institute. He is the author of the bestseller The Light We Give: How Sikh Wisdom Can Transform Your Life (Riverhead Books, 2022) and the award-winning children’s book Fauja Singh Keeps Going: The True Story of the Oldest Person to Ever Run a Marathon (Kokila, 2020). Singh is an Atlantic Fellow for Racial Equity with Columbia University and the Nelson Mandela Foundation, a Soros Equality Fellow with the Open Society Foundations, and a visiting lecturer at Union Seminary. He earned graduate degrees from Harvard and Columbia. In 2020, Time magazine recognized him as one of 16 people fighting for a more equal America. He writes regularly for major outlets including The Washington Post, Harvard Business Review, CNN and Time, and writes a monthly column for Religion News Service.