An Introduction to Sikhism
Sikhism, the fifth largest religion in the world, is growing rapidly. This faith, with roots in Punjab, has also recently gained greater political importance. Manmohan Singh, the current Prime Minister of India, is one of 26 million people that practice Sikhism. In spite of this, Sikhs continue to experience discrimination and are often misunderstood.
Asia Society Texas Center, in partnership with The Sikh Coalition, is proud to present a two-hour workshop that will examine the history of Sikhism in America and give tips on how to teach the religion in your classrooms. Sikhism was added to the Social Studies Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) before the 2011-12 school year. Workshop attendees will receive two hours of G/T credit from the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT).
About the Presenter
Manbeena Kaur was born in San Francisco, CA, but has lived most of her life in Fort Worth, TX. With a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Texas at Austin, Manbeena has taught in Texas and New York. She has also worked at the American Embassy School in New Delhi. Manbeena has been responsible for introducing Sikhism for the first time in social studies state curricula in both New Jersey (2009) and Texas (2010). She has also developed and led a professional training course for local communities on delivering presentations about the Sikh faith.
Education Programs at Asia Society Texas Center are made possible, in part, by Nancy C. Allen, JP Morgan Chase, and the Reliant Energy Charitable Foundation.