Simran Jeet Singh Will Speak about Religious Diversity, Generosity and Civil Society in Indianapolis December 6

Indianapolis—Simran Jeet Singh, the Aspen Institute’s Executive Director of the Religion and Society Program and author of The Light We Give: How Sikh Wisdom Can Transform Your Life (Riverhead, Penguin Random House), will speak in Indianapolis about religious diversity and generosity. The event will take place on Wednesday, December 6, 2023, at 6:00 pm in the Frank and Katrina Basile Theater at the Indiana Historical Society, 450 W. Ohio Street in Indianapolis. 

Singh, a well-known thought leader on issues of bias, empathy, and justice, will reflect on how religious diversity and generosity toward one another can promote a healthy civic society. In his role at Aspen Institute, Singh works across sectors, including corporate, educational and government contexts. He was named one of 16 people fighting for a more equal America in 2020 by TIME Magazine.

The event is being presented in partnership between the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving (a part of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy) and the Center for Interfaith Cooperation.

Sharing the stage with Singh as panelists for a discussion following his remarks will be: 

  • Melissa Borja, Assistant Professor of American Culture and Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies, University of Michigan 
  • Joseph L. Tucker Edmonds, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Associate Professor of Africana Studies, Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture, Indiana University Indianapolis 
  • David P. King, Karen Lake Buttrey Director of Lake Institute on Faith & Giving and Associate Professor of Philanthropic Studies, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indiana University Indianapolis 
  • Libby Manning, Director, Wabash Pastoral Leadership Program, Wabash College 

The Distinguished Visitor speaker series offers community members an opportunity to learn from a leading practitioner about the intersection of religion and generosity.

About Lake Institute on Faith & Giving

Lake Institute on Faith & Giving exists to serve the public good by exploring the multiple connections between philanthropy and faith within the major religious traditions. Its mission is to foster greater understanding of the ways in which faith inspires and informs giving. Lake Institute is a program of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Follow us on X (formerly known as Twitter) or “Like” us on Facebook.

 About Center for Interfaith Cooperation 

Center for Interfaith Cooperation provides safe environments, resources, and opportunities for service to increase religious literacy, build empathy between faiths, and facilitate interfaith encounters. Center for Interfaith Cooperation was created in 2011 out of the International Interfaith Initiative, founded by current Executive Director Charlie Wiles. Since its formation, CIC has built a robust and diverse network of partnerships with Central Indiana faith congregations, colleges & universities, and civic & community organizations.

About the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

The Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy is dedicated to improving philanthropy to improve the world by training and empowering students and professionals to be innovators and leaders who create positive and lasting change. The school offers a comprehensive approach to philanthropy through its undergraduate, graduate, certificate and professional development programs, its research and international programs, and through The Fund Raising School, Lake Institute on Faith & Giving, Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy, Women’s Philanthropy Institute, and the Muslim Philanthropy Initiative. Follow us on X (formerly known as Twitter), LinkedIn, or Instagram and “Like” us on Facebook.