Simran Jeet Singh
Dr. Simran Jeet Singh is an educator, activist, and writer who is a Visiting Professor at Union Seminary and host of Spirited, a new interview-based podcast about spirituality, faith, and activism. Simran serves as a columnist for Religion News Service and a chaplain at Columbia University and New York University. He was born and raised in San Antonio and currently lives with his wife and two daughters in New York City.
Interreligious Activities and Initiatives
Improving Religious Literacy in the Media
The coverage of Islam and Sikhism in the popular media is incredibly problematic. There is little understanding of what these traditions teach and how these communities live their lives. It has come to a point that such misunderstandings are leading to divisions, discrimination, and violence. My program seeks to make an intervention by offering journalists an opportunity to engage with leaders from among these communities and to begin a dialogue that challenges popular assumptions and deepens relationships. There are two ways in which I see this project developing. The first possibility is to sponsor a panel or meal at the annual convention for the Religion Newswriters Association, the premiere organization for religion journalists in the country. I serve on the board for this organization and have already inquired about pulling together a conversation at this year’s gathering. The second possibility is to organize an event in collaboration with New York University, where I will be serving as a Fellow for Religion and International Affairs in the Center for Religion and Media. I have also inquired about this possibility, though my understanding is that such an event would not be possible until Spring of 2018. Both of these ideas seem incredibly promising to me, and I am confident we can bring in the influential journalists for whom a workshop like this would be incredibly appealing.