Harleen Kaur, Ph.D. to Lecture In Celebration of Sikh Awareness Month

Apr 2, 2024 | Center for Benedictine Values, College of Science and Health, News

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Harleen Kaur, Ph.D., Assistant Teaching Professor in Sociology at Arizona State University and Bonderman Fellow Community Organizer, will present the lecture “One Year Around the World: How Sikhi Taught Me to be a Global Citizen” on Wednesday, April 3, 4:30 – 6 p.m. as part of Benedictine University’s celebration of Sikh Awareness Month.

Dr. Kaur’s presentation, supported by the Center for Benedictine Values, will take place at Benedictine’s Goodwin Hall of Business, Room 321. It is open to the public and free to attend. It can also be seen via Zoom. Click here to register: Registration Form

Dr. Kaur’s lecture is inspired by her life-changing experience as a graduating senior at the University of Michigan when she was awarded $20,000 and a year to travel the world. The catch? She had to do it alone and without any trips back to the U.S. Traveling to 15 countries as a Bonderman Fellow, her perspective on what it means to be a Sikh and a citizen of the world were transformed forever.

In her Benedictine talk, she will share some key insights into the overlaps between global travel and the origins of Sikhi, how Sikhi and global citizenry offer solutions for our increasingly volatile times, and how balancing identity politics and a humanistic approach could lead to social justice.

In August 2019, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker declared April as Illinois Sikh awareness and appreciation month. Sikhism is the fifth largest religion in the world, with more than 30 million Sikhs worldwide, 500,000 in the U.S. and 25,000 in Illinois.

For additional information, contact Benedictine University’s Dr. Manmohan Kaur at [email protected].

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