Interfaith Friday: Dr. Satpal Singh

Friday, August 28, 2020
02:00pm EDT

Location CHQ Assembly

Dr. Satpal Singh is a Professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He received a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai, India, and received further training in Germany and the US. His current research focuses on suppressing neurodegeneration in animal models of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders. He has founded and directs an annual summer-long research program at the University of Cambridge, UK.

Having narrowly survived an anti-Sikh pogrom in India, he focuses on bringing peace and harmony to a world torn by hate and violence perpetrated in the name of religion, race, gender, and other divisions in society. He is a Founding Trustee of the Sikh Council for Interfaith Relations, and a former Chairperson of the World Sikh Council - America Region. He is a member of the Executive Council of Religions for Peace, USA, and is on the Religious Leaders Circle of the Multi-faith Alliance for Syrian Refugees. 

Dr. Singh often participates in interfaith dialogues on diversity, religion, and peace, and is one of the main organizers of retreats between Sikhs and Catholics, and between Sikhs and the National Council of Churches. He has represented the Sikh faith in many forums, including delivering a prayer on peace and harmony along with Pope Francis at the 9/11 Memorial in NY City, and organizing Sikh participation in the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Salt Lake City in 2015 and in Toronto in 2018.  He has presented the Sikh perspective in gatherings, and on television and radio programs, in the US, Canada, UK, Ukraine, New Zealand, and India, and has been featured in Spotlights on religious leaders by the Council on Foreign Relations. 

Dr. Singh is active in the area of social justice, and has written opinion pieces in The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, The Interfaith Observer, PBS Newshour, and other print media. In particular, he advocates for complete equality among women and men. He is on the Board of Directors of the Family Justice Center in Buffalo, NY; holds forums on the issue of violence against women; and has organized national and international panel discussions on the issue, particularly on what leaders of faith can do to address it.