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Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month

April 12, 2021

April is Illinois Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month. Benedictine University is offering two events in observance of the month: a film screening and discussion April 12 at 7:00 PM and a panel discussion April 19 at 7:00 PM, featuring Simran Jeet Singh (Union Seminary) and Mallika Kaur (UC Berkeley). All members of the University community are invited. The virtual events are free and open to the public.

kaur_mallikaDr. Mallika Kaur. UC Berkeley Sikh Family Center

Mallika Kaur is a writer, lawyer, and community organizer. She is the co-founder and Acting Executive Director of the Sikh Family Center, the only Sikh American organization focused on gender-based violence. Her book “Faith, Gender, and Activism in the Punjab Conflict: The Wheat Fields Still Whisper” was recently published by Palgrave MacMillan. Kaur holds a Master in Public Policy from Harvard and a Juris Doctorate from UC Berkeley School of Law where she now teaches skills-based and experiential social justice classes.

“Sikhi, Service and Social Justice”
Monday, April 19, 2021
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Pre-registration is required. Register Here

Simran SinghSimran Jeet Singh, Union Seminary Columbia University

Recognized among TIME Magazine’s 16 people fighting for a more equal America, Simran Jeet Singh is Senior Adviser for Equity and Inclusion at YSC Consulting and a Visiting Professor at Union Seminary. He is a 2020 Equality Fellow with the Open Society Foundations, a Racial Equity Media Fellow with Interfaith Youth Core, and a Senior Fellow for the Sikh Coalition. Simran holds a PhD, MPhil, and MA from Columbia University, an MTS from Harvard University, and a BA from Trinity University. Singh presented "Guru Nanak: The Founder of Sikhism Life & Legacy" on April 12.

Sikhism is the 5th largest religion in the world after Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. With over 30 million Sikhs worldwide and 500,000 in the US, 25,000 Sikhs call the State of Illinois their home.  Learn more here and check out the Benedictine events.

The events are sponsored by University Mission, Campus Ministry, Intercultural Education, Sikh Religious Society, and Sikhs of Illinois. For more information, please contact Dr. Manmohan Kaur.


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