The Fourth Annual Celebration of Punjabi at UBC – Van April 3/12

The Harjit Kaur Sidhu Memorial Program

The fourth annual
Celebration of Punjabi
at the University of British Columbia

Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh (Colby College)
5:30-6:30 Lecture; 5-8 Full program (see below)

With urgent economic and political problems confronting us, why think about poetry? Is this not a sheer waste of time? Should we be following Plato, who wanted to banish poets from his republic? Or is the opposite true? Could our disregard for poetry be the cause of our hegemonic structures and brutal violence?

Professor Kaur Singh shares her translation of lyrical voices from the soil of undivided Punjab. How do Sikh, Hindu, and Muslim poets motivate us to make sense of our 21st century reality? What insights do the Punjabi poets provide on issues of gender, race, class, and religion? How can their sacred and secular expressions serve as a connective ligament for our divided world?

Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh is the Crawford Family Professor at Colby College in Maine, USA. Her interests focus on poetics and feminist issues. Nikky Singh has published extensively in the field of Sikhism, including Sikhism: An Introduction (IB Tauris, 2011) and Birth of the Khalsa (SUNY, 2005), The Feminine Principle in the Sikh Vision of the Transcendent (Cambridge University Press, 1993) and The Name of My Beloved: Verses of the Sikh Gurus (Harper Collins and Penguin). She has lectured widely in North America, England, France, India, and Singapore,and appeared on television and radio in America, Canada, and India. She was born in India, and received her BA in Philosophy and Religion from Wellesley College, her MA from the University of Pennsylvania, and her PhD from Temple University.

This program has been established in loving memory of Harjit Kaur Sidhu (nee Gill), devoted wife, mother, and strong advocate for education, Punjabi culture and language, and women’s issues. Every year, the program features a keynote address by a distinguished scholar, awards for local writers and student-contest winners, and student performances. This year, an award will be given for the most significant Punjabi-language book by a BC author from 2009-2011. Announcement of the Book Award recipient will be made just prior to the event.

Full program schedule
5 p.m Light reception
5:30 p.m. Lecture, followed by short break
6:45 p.m. Awards for student essay contest winners and honor to local Punjabi writer
7 p.m. Punjabi 200 student performances

Tuesday April 3, 2012
UBC Asian Centre Auditorium
1871 West Mall, UBC Vancouver
5 – 8 p.m.

For more information, see under “events.”



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