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Religion Panel Looks at “Healing Hate” – Tolerance, Religious Pluralism

Join Hofstra University’s Department of Religion for a panel discussion, Healing Hate: Taking the Challenge of Religious Pluralism, featuring Dr. Diana Eck, The Pluralism Project at Harvard University and Mr. Pardeep Singh Kaleka, Serve2Unite, on Monday, April 18, 2016, 2:45-4:30 p.m. The program will begin with a short reception and light refreshments followed by the panel and a Q&A period at the Lowenfeld Conference and Exhibition Hall, 10th Floor, Axinn Library, South Campus.

Dr. Diana L. Eck

The Pluralism Project and Serve2Unite are the 2016 recipients of Hofstra University’s Guru Nanak Interfaith Prize. The organizations, represented by Dr. Eck and Mr. Singh Kaleka, will be honored later that evening at the Garden City Hotel.

Dr. Diana L. Eck is professor of comparative religion and Indian studies, Fredric Wertham Professor of Law and Psychiatry in Society in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and director of The Pluralism Project at Harvard University ( Her work engages with the challenges of religious pluralism in an inter-religious American society that has witnessed the growth of Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Jain, and Zoroastrian communities. Her most recent book is India: A Sacred Geography (Harmony Books, 2012).

Pardeep Singh Kaleka
Mr. Pardeep Singh Kaleka

Mr. Pardeep Singh Kaleka, a former Milwaukee police officer, is currently a teacher who has consistently educated against racial ignorance and xenophobic bigotry. He is the eldest son of Satwant Singh Kaleka – the president of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, who, along with five others, was shot and murdered by a white supremacist on August 5, 2012, in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Pardeep Kaleka co-founded Serve2Unite ( to counter hate and violence with encounter and education.

This event is sponsored by the Dean of Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Hofstra University

Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, please email Dr. Balbinder Singh Bhogal, the Sardarni Kuljit Kaur Bindra Chair in Sikh Studies, at

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