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Camden Conference Presents: “Indian Art, Literature, and Film: Glue for Global Connections” with Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh

Saturday, September 23 @ 4:30 pm 5:30 pm

Camden Conference, in partnership with the Camden Public Library, presents Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh, Crawford Professor & Chair of Religious Studies at Colby College, for a talk on the role of Indian art, literature, and film as a glue for global connections. This event will take place on Saturday, September 23 at 4:30 PM at the Camden Public Library, in anticipation of the 37th Annual Camden Conference, “INDIA: Rising Ambitions, Challenges at home.”

Our world is dangerously divided and polarized. Economic disparities, political divisions, environmental devastation, religious wars, and fear of immigrants only seem to be getting worse. In her talk, Singh will discuss if aesthetics – the opposite of anesthesia – could serve as an antidote for our modern crises. By heightening our sensibilities, visual and literary creations connect us with our very own selves, fellow humans, and nature. Singh will illustrate this discussion with Sikh and Sufi poetry, contemporary Indian art, and Bollywood film clips. 

This is a hybrid event and will take place in the Picker Room at the Camden Public Library as well as on Zoom. To attend virtually, register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CWLGttJvScimEEsA74CSCw

Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh was born in India and went to Stuart Hall, a girls’ preparatory school in the USA. She received her B.A. in philosophy and religion from Wellesley College, her M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and her Ph.D. from Temple University.

She is the chair of the department and Crawford Family Professor of Religion at Colby College. Her interests focus on poetics and feminist issues. Nikky Singh has published extensively in the field of Sikhism, including The Feminine Principle in the Sikh Vision of the Transcendent (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993), The Name of My Beloved: Verses of the Sikh Gurus (HarperCollins and Penguin), and Metaphysics and Physics of the Guru Granth Sahib (Sterling). Her book on Sikhism was translated into Japanese. She has lectured widely in North America, England, France, India, and Singapore, and her views have been aired on television and radio in America, Canada, Bangladesh, Australia, Ireland, and India.

This event is presented in anticipation of the 37th Annual Camden Conference, “INDIA: Rising Ambitions, Challenges at Home” taking place live from the Camden Opera House from February 16-18, 2024.
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Camden, ME 04843 United States