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. Soni’s 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 Barbara’s 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.