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Meet the Speakers of Guru Nanak Sahib: Revolutionary in Oneness - 550 Years of Raj

19oct9:00 am4:30 pmMeet the Speakers of Guru Nanak Sahib: Revolutionary in Oneness - 550 Years of Raj9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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MC: Rena Kaur Heer

Rena Kaur Heer is a seasoned storyteller and a former broadcast journalist. She spent over a decade with CTV News -- reporting, producing and anchoring live broadcasts seen on CTV News Channel, CTV Toronto, CP24 and CTV Vancouver. Rena has interviewed Prime Minister Stephen Harper, then-Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, Premiers and Mayors in Ontario.

As a communications professional, Rena continues to craft and relay stories for a multitude of audiences across various platforms - from traditional broadcasts to live formats and social media channels. She also provides strategic communications counsel and oversees government relations activities for various clients. She lives in British Columbia, Canada.

Speaker: Asha Marie Kaur

Asha Marie Kaur is a traveler, wordsmith, and polyglot. She is currently a Research Assistant with Sikh Research Institute and holds a BA in Political Science and International Studies from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where she was born and raised. She is working on re-introducing Sabad (Divine Word) in Guru Granth Sahib to the Persian world.

A self-identifying mixed-up Sikh, she is also working on creating resources for Sikhs and non-Sikhs alike that offer ways to connect the word of the Guru to the principle of justice in today’s world. She lives in New Jersey, USA when not traveling with her transit-oriented cat, Mac.

Speaker: Harinder Singh

Harinder Singh is the co-founder of the Sikh Research Institute and currently serves as its Senior Fellow, Research & Policy. His current focus is on developing critical thinking for Sikh institutions via State of the Panth report series and developing open-source decoding of Guru Granth Sahib in contemporary language for a global audience.

He is an author, and sought-after public speaker, raising consciousness around the world. He is a prolific writer who has authored several articles on spirituality, history, culture, linguistics, politics, governance, and prison reform. He regularly appears on radio and television programs globally. He also consults on curriculums, exhibitions, and films. He lives in New Jersey, the USA with his family.

Speaker: Inni Kaur

Inni Kaur is a passionate author, poet, storyteller, and painter. She is the author of the children’s book series, Journey with the Gurus that is inspired by the life and teachings of Guru Nanak Sahib. Her other children’s books are Sakhi-Time with Nani ji, Thank You Vahiguru, and Daddy’s Turban. She currently serves as the Creative Director at the Sikh Research Institute.

To Inni, every single day is a celebration. While she writes anytime the spirit moves her to, she also thoroughly enjoys watching the clouds pass her by, taking long mindful walks to appreciate nature’s innate beauty, and painting the abstract artwork. She lives in Connecticut, USA.

Speaker: Jasleen Kaur

Jasleen Kaur is a lover of poetry and the power of words, of everything outside (especially birds), of music, and the study of religion. She is interested in the ways that diversity in religious practice constructs small overlapping worlds within religious communities and shows us that lived religion is much messier and more complex than what we might otherwise expect.

She currently serves as a Researcher at the Sikh Research Institute, where she is passionate about projects that create comfortable spaces for community members of all ages and backgrounds to engage in dialogue and learn from one another. She lives in Maryland, USA.

Speaker: Dr. Jaswant Singh

Jaswant Singh is a scholar of Sikh Studies. His immense love for Sabad (Divine Word) propels him to read, reflect, research, and share the Infinite-Wisdom in Guru Granth Sahib with the wider community. He currently serves as the Director of Gurbani Research at the Sikh Research Institute.

A passionate speaker and published author, Dr. Singh has over 20 years of experience teaching Sikhi. He co-founded AWAT (A Word A Thought), in addition to serving as its Director and Editor. He holds a Master’s degree in Religious Studies and a Doctorate in the linguistics of Guru Nanak. He lives in Haryana, India with his family.

Speaker: Dr. Manjit Singh

Dr. Manjit Singh is a researcher, educator, practitioner, and lover of Kirtan (singing of divine praise in Guru Granth Sahib). He serves as Director of Sikh Musicology at the Sikh Research Institute and is also the founder of the Sabad Kirtan-Musical Heritage program. Passionate about the fine musical details within Guru Granth Sahib, he is keen to bring forth their original flavor through research and collaboration with experts in the field. He lives in Washington, the USA with his family.

Artist: Kiranjot Kaur

Kiranjot Kaur is a Vancouver based artist who, among many artistic adventures, enjoys painting vibrant, exploratory pieces and drawing high-contrast and bold ink designs. Kiranjot is a self-taught artist who explores a multitude of techniques in order to serve inspiration and provide truthful, artful renderings to her ideas.

Her current work aims to celebrate her artistic influences including a background in engineering, Sikh philosophy, her Panjabi and Canadian heritage and growing up in a family fabric store. Kiranjot’s work has been featured in several local art shows and she is the creator of Little Sahibs, a series of coloring and activity books for children. She lives in British Columbia, Canada with her family.



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