The Third Annual Celebration of Punjabi

in honour of the memory of Harjit K. Sidhu
Saturday, April 2, 2011 :: 2-5:30PM

Arvind-pal Singh Mandair, University of Michigan
“Beyond Secular and Religious Apologetics: Re-evaluating the Concept of Shabad Guru”
UBC Asian Centre Auditorium
1871 West Mall :: Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

Dr. Arvind Mandair is Associate Professor and S.B.S.C. Chair of Sikh Studies at the University of Michigan. His recent publications include: Religion and the Specter of the West: Sikhism, India, Postcoloniality and the Politics of Translation (Columbia University Press, 2009); Secularism and Religion-Making (co-edited Oxford University Press, 2011); and Teachings of the Sikh Gurus (Routledge, 2005), co-authored and co-translated with Christopher Shackle. He is a founding editor of the journal Sikh Formations: Religion, Culture and Theory and is Assistant Editor of the journal Culture and Religion, both published by Routledge.

Lifetime achievement award for local writer Ravinder Ravi
Every year this event honors a local writer either for overall contribution to Punjabi literature or, every other year, for a recent contribution to Punjabi literature. This year, the Celebration of Punjabi is proud to honor Ravinder Ravi for his overall contribution to Punjabi letters and the Punjabi literary world both in BC and abroad.

2 p.m Introductions
2:15-3:15 Lecture
3:15-3:45 Awards for student essay contest winners and honor to local Punjabi writer, Ravinder Ravi
3:45-4:00 Refreshments
4:00-5:30 Punjabi 200 and 300 student performances and short documentary oral history projects

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.