Sikh beliefs and values and cultural traditions
Nirvikar Singh, PhD will speak about the Sikh faith, which began with Guru Nanak in the 16th century, in the Punjab region of South Asia, but now has adherents throughout the world, mainly as a result of migration. He will speak about Sikh beliefs and values, and associated cultural traditions, as well as some of the challenges Sikhs face in the modern world.
What is Sikhism?
There are 20 million Sikhs in the world, most of whom live in the Punjab province of India. The 2001 census recorded 336,000 Sikhs in the UK. Sikhism was founded in the 16th century in the Punjab district of what is now India and Pakistan. It was founded by Guru Nanak and is based on his teachings, and those of the 9 Sikh gurus who followed him. The most important thing in Sikhism is the internal religious state of the individual.
from BBC religions, Sikhism at a Glance
Nirvikar Singh, PhD is Professor of Economics and Sarbjit Singh Aurora Chair of Sikh and Punjabi Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC).
He also directs the UCSC South Asian Studies Initiative within Social Sciences. He is a member of the Advisory Group to the Finance Minister of India on G-20 matters He has previously served as Director of the Santa Cruz Center for International Economics, Co-Director of the Center for Global, International and Regional Studies, Special Advisor to the Chancellor (all at UCSC), and Consultant to the Chief Economic Adviser, Ministry of Finance, Government of India. He organized one of the first major US conferences on Indian economic reform. He received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and his BSc and MSc from the London School of Economics, where he was awarded the Allyn Young Prize, Gonner Prize and Ely Devons Prize.
About the Visiting Scholar Series
We are taking advantage of the school break during the summer to have some experts from nearby universities speak on their various areas of expertise.
- August 13: Professor Richard Tieszen, San Jose State University, Dept. of Philosophy
- August 20: Professor Nirvikar Singh, University of California at Santa Cruz, South Asia Studies,
Sikh and Punjabi Studies, Economics Department
- August 27: Professor David Gray, University of Santa Clara, Religious Studies Dept., (Asian Religions)
All three of these scholars have personal connections with Land of Medicine Buddha and with our organization. That is why they, in particular, have been asked to give these talks. They each have a different area of expertise. Come learn some new things.
|Date(s):||Thursday, August 20|
|Times:||7:00 pm - 8:30 pm|
|Instructor/Leader:||Nirvikar Singh PhD|
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|Number of sessions:||1|
|Participation:||open to all|
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