Sikh Students Conference - UC Berkeley
This year's Sikh Students Conference attempts to shed light on the contemporary Sikh experience along with the event of 1984 through a Sikh vision of nation, religion and history. Amongst wider issues of Sikh spirituality, professors will engage the academic ground functional in converting the Sikhs’ spirit since the premier moment of colonialization. The 2009 conference marks an engagement with these issues as Sikhs continue to maintain the sacredness of Amritsar in their daily remembrance.
Professor Balbinder Singh Bhogal (Sardarni Kuljit Kaur Bindra Chair in Sikh Studies, Hofstra University) will lead, over the span of four days, the primary lecture series. Professor Bhogal will lecture on topics including the Sikh code of conduct, the Sikh vision of history and time, and related issues building up to the issue of 1984.
Harjeet Grewal (PhD candidate in Sikh Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor),
will a series of lectures on topics as various as Bhai Gurdas, the colonial legacy, and hermeneutics in the context of the Sikh vision of time and conflict.
A complete list of speakers can be found at www.sikhstudents.org
Lectures will be accompanied with free-ranging discussions allowing participants more intimate environment to engage scholars, or to just listen. Discussions are organized not only to allow students a more personal connection with professors, but also to further allow professors to grasp the lives and concerns of young students.
Room & Board
Students will stay at Westminster House, a campus affiliated hotel designed specifically for students. The Westminster House is located adjacent to campus.
Dining will be provided. UC Berkeley is also home to an eclectic and renowned tradition of cuisine both close to campus and throughout the city. Participants will enjoy ample time afforded to explore Berkeley's rich history, and will enjoy smooth transportation throughout the city. Students unfamiliar with Berkeley's offering will by provided a thorough list of Berkeley's historic offerings.
Berkeley is warm throughout the summer without being too hot, which lends itself to a variety of sports and outdoor activities. Berkeley is also in close proximity to San Francisco, and several beaches. More on this will be posted shortly.