UT to present lecture on East Asian thought Oct. 15

October 10, 2012 | Events, UToday
By Samantha Watson

On Monday, Oct. 15, The University of Toledo community is invited to learn about and discuss the Sikh religion — one of the largest religions in the world — to kick off the UT Center for Religious Understanding’s lecture series.

This free, public event will begin at 7 p.m. in Student Union Room 3018 and will teach audience members about the Sikh religion, which is followed by more than 27 million people. The lecture will be followed by a meet-and-greet with members of the Sikh community.

“I believe that the Sikhs face discrimination mostly because of people’s ignorance about their faith and unique appearance,” said Kuldeep Singh, an expert who will lead the lecture. “They feel discriminated at the airports even though the U.S. Department of Justice has sent a directive about the common Sikh American head coverings to the law enforcement authorities. Their bags are routinely searched, and they are singled out for additional screening.”

Singh is chair of the organizing committee for the 2012 National Sikh Convention. He is also the founding chair of the World Sikh Council, America Region, and trustee of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions.

“It is essential to educate the masses about the tenets, value system and way of life of these peace-loving, compassionate people of the world,” Singh said.

This is the first of a variety of religious lectures, with discussions on Biblical satire, Native-American spirituality, and a comparison of Western and Eastern religions. These lectures will take place throughout the rest of fall semester.

Patrons can park in lot 13 by the West Parking Ramp during the event.

For more information on upcoming lectures and the Center for Religious Understanding, visit utoledo.edu/llss/philosophy/cfru.

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