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Learning from the Oak Creek Wisconsin Tragedy: Sikhs and Pluralism in America

November 15, 2012 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm  |  Cowell Conference Room


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.

5:30-­6:30 pm – Program and Speakers
Welcome by Sikh Students Association Introductory Remarks
Dean William Ladusaw, Humanities Division

UCSC Panel Discussion
Professor Nathaniel Deutsch, UCSC
Dr. Seema Kaur Sidhu, United Sikhs
Ms. Amrit Kaur Sidhu, United Sikhs
Professor Nirvikar Singh, UCSC (Moderator)

6:30-­7:00 pm – 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 BS 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 Student Association, the Sarbjit Singh Aurora Chair in Sikh and Punjabi Studies, and the Institute for Humanities Research.


November 15, 2012
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Cowell Conference Room
Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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