Health & Well-Being

Rainn Wilson on the Importance of Spirituality

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USC Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life Varun Soni and actor and author Rainn Wilson discuss the importance of spirituality during the socially distant times of the COVID-19 global pandemic. In this conversation, Wilson and Soni explore how we can channel spirituality and creativity to thrive amidst the chaos and feel connected, inspired and empowered in our day-to-day lives.

Who Will Benefit

– Those hoping to learn how spirituality and creativity can help us cope during the global pandemic
– People searching for guidance as they embark on a new spiritual journey
– Those looking to adopt healthy online behaviors and habits in an increasingly virtual world

About Our Featured Faculty

Varun Soni is the dean of Religious Life at USC. Soni is also vice provost of Campus Wellness and Crisis Intervention, adjunct professor of religion and university fellow at the Annenberg Center on Public Diplomacy. He received his BA in religion from Tufts University, where he also earned an Asian studies minor and completed the program in peace and justice studies. He subsequently received his MTS degree from Harvard Divinity School and his MA degree through the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He went on to receive his JD degree from University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, where he also completed the Critical Race Studies Program and served as an editor for the Journal of Islamic and Near Eastern Law. He earned his PhD through the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Cape Town, where his doctoral research focused on religion and popular culture.