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The Sikh: The Feminine, The Activist

January 26, 2013 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm  |  Stevenson Event Center


Sikhi is like an ocean, boundless and all encompassing, composed of many shades and hues. During this conference, we will explore two of these colors. First, we will delve into the feminine aspect of spirituality and how it is characterized by the words of the Sikh Gurus, and the importance of women in Sikh tradition. Secondly, we will look at activism and social justice, understanding how they have been integral to Sikh spirituality from the beginning, and discussing their relevance today.



The_Sikh_The_Feminine_The_ActivistDr. Nikky Guninder Kaur Singh
The Crawford Family Professor at Colby College in Maine, USA. Her interests focus on poetry and feminist issues. She has published extensively in the field of Sikhism, and her areas of expertise are major religions of northern India, Indian women’s issues, role of women in religious literature, and literary analysis of scripture.

Balpreet Kaur
A sophomore at Ohio State University, she is a part of the executive board of the Better Together team, president of the Sikh Student Association, and a Humanities Scholar.

Dr. Jaideep Singh
An expert in comparative ethnic studies and the first American educated endowed chair holder in Sikh Studies in the country.

Dr. Seema Kaur
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.

Amrit Kaur
United Sikhs intern, graduated from UCSC in June 2012 with a B.S. in Human Biology and a Politics minor.



11:00-11:30AM         Opening remarks and breakfast
11:30-12:00PM         Balpreet Kaur
12:00-12:30PM         Dr. Nikky Guninder Kaur Singh
12:30-1:00PM           Open floor discussion
1:00-1:45PM             Lunch
1:45-2:15PM             Dr. Seema Kaur/Amrit Kaur
2:15-2:45PM             Dr. Jaideep Singh
2:45-3:15PM             Open floor discussion
3:15-4:00PM             Entertainment and refreshments


A map of the UC Santa Cruz map with directions can be found here, and a map of the event center area with parking and event directions can be found here. An interactive map of the area can be found here, as well.

This event is free and open to the public. A poster for the event can be found here – forward it to your friends and contacts and spread the word!
Contact Us

Sikh Student Association wishes to make this event accessible to people with disabilities. If you need accommodation, please contact SOAR at (831) 459-2934.

For additional information, or any questions, please contact SSA at or (408) 621-7223.


January 26, 2013
11:00 am - 4:00 pm