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Published on Aug 11, 2009
Varun Soni, Dean of Religious Life and the first Hindu spiritual leader on a U.S. campus, is an expert on comparative religion, law and ethics. Sonis interest in world religions is long-standing: As an undergraduate, he spent a semester living as a Buddhist monk in a Burmese monastery in Bodh Gaya, India, through the Buddhist Studies Program at Antioch University. As a graduate student, he spent months doing field research in South Asia through UC Santa Barbaras Center for Sikh and Punjab Studies. A native of India, he was raised in Southern California. Here, he introduces his long-time friend, Salman Ahmad, to perform at TEDxUSC.
About TEDx, x=independently organize event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self- organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)