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Learning from the Oak Creek Wisconsin Tragedy: Sikhs and Pluralism in America
Thursday, November 15, 2012, 05:30pm - 07:00pm
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The fatal shooting at a Sikh gurdwara (temple) in Wisconsin last August, and the possible motivation of the shooter, require reflection on religious and social tolerance and the idea/ideal of America as a pluralistic society in the 21st century. This event seeks to further our understanding of these issues. 5:30-6:30pm – Program and Speakers Welcome by Sikh Students Association Introductory Remarks by William Ladusaw, Dean of Humanities, UCSC Panel Discussion Professor Nathaniel Deutsch, UCSC Dr. Seema Kaur Sidhu, United Sikhs Ms. Amrit Kaur Sidhu, United Sikhs Professor Nirvikar Singh, UCSC (Moderator) 6:30-7:00pm – Dinner and Informal Discussion About the Speakers Nathaniel Deutsch is Director of the Institute for Humanities Research, Co-Director of the Center for Jewish Studies and Professor of History at UCSC. Seema Kaur Sidhu is the United Sikhs Regional Director for Community Empowerment and Education and Business Development. She works with Sikh youth in promoting health awareness, empowering new youth leaders and engaging them in education and social justice initiatives. She is also a practicing obstetrician and gynecologist. Amrit Kaur Sidhu is a United Sikhs intern, and graduated from UCSC in June 2012 with a B.S. in Human Biology and a Politics minor. Nirvikar Singh is the Sarbjit Singh Aurora Chair of Sikh and Punjabi Studies and Professor of Economics at UCSC. This event is sponsored by the UCSC Sikh Students Association, the Sarbjit Singh Aurora Chair in Sikh and Punjabi Studies, and the Institute for Humanities Research.
Location : Cowell Conference Room, Cowell College, UCSC
Contact : Navdeep Kaur, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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