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(Re-)Building Punjab: Political Economy, Society and Values Conference

March 29-30, 2013
University of California, Santa Cruz

Location: 210 Humanities 1, unless otherwise noted.


8:00-8:45 AM Breakfast and Registration
8:45-9:00 AM Welcome
9:00-10:30 AM Session 1: Sikh Values and Punjab Society in Historical Perspective
Presenter: Prof. Pashaura Singh, Religious Studies, UC Riverside
“Sikh Values and Punjab Society in Historical Perspective” | Abstract
Discussant: Dr. Harpreet Singh, South Asian Studies, Harvard University
Session Chair: Prof. Nathaniel Deutsch, History, UC Santa Cruz
10:30-10:45 AM Break
10:45-12:15 PM Session 2: A Case Study of Sikh Diaspora Philanthropy in Punjab
Presenter: Prof. Verne A. Dusenbery, Anthropology, Hamline University
“Budh Singh Dhahan and Guru Nanak Mission Medical & Educational Trust: A Case Study of Sikh Diaspora Philanthropy in Punjab” | Abstract
Discussant: Prof. Supreet Kaur, Economics, Columbia University
Session Chair: Prof. James Clifford, History of Consciousness, UC Santa Cruz
12:15-1:45 PM Lunch
1:45-3:15 PM Session 3: Punjab Politics and Society
Presenter: Prof. Pritam Singh, Accounting, Finance and Economics, Oxford Brookes University
“Changing Social Values and Political Culture in Punjab: With Special Emphasis on the Period Since 1966” | Abstract
Discussant: Prof. Jugdep S. Chima, Political Science, Hiram College
Session Chair: Prof. Ronnie D. Lipschutz, Politics, UC Santa Cruz
3:15-3:30 PM Break
3:30-5:00 PM Session 4: The Punjab Economy: Problems and Prospects
Presenter: Prof. Lakhwinder Singh, Economics, Punjabi University
“Vision for Economic Development in Punjab Economy” | Abstract
Discussant: Prof. Nirvikar Singh, Economics, UC Santa Cruz
Session Chair: Prof. Helen Shapiro, Sociology, UC Santa Cruz
5:00-6:30 PM Break
6:30-9:00 PM Dinner & Lecture: Reflections on the Columbia/UC Santa Barbara Punjab Summer Program
Presenter: Prof. Gurinder Singh Mann, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara
Location: Aquarius Restaurant at the Dream Inn: 175 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95060


8:15-9:00 AM Breakfast and Registration
9:00-10:30 AM Session 5: Groundwater in Punjab: Environmental Challenges
Presenter: Prof. Rajinder Singh Sidhu, Punjab Agricultural University
“Political Economy of Groundwater Resources in Indian Punjab” | Abstract
Discussant: Prof. Upmanu Lall, Engineering, Columbia University
Session Chair: Prof. Ben Crow, Sociology, UC Santa Cruz
10:30-10:45 AM Break
10:45-12:15 PM Session 6: Punjab’s Ethical Soundscapes: From Asa ki Var to Dhadi Var and Hip Hop
Presenter: Dr. Inderjit N. Kaur, Music, UC Santa Cruz
“Punjab’s Ethical Soundscapes: from Asa ki Var to Dhadi Var and Hip Hop” | Abstract
Discussion and demonstration: Mr. Mandeep S. Sethi, Hip Hop Artist
Session Chair: Prof. Linda Burman-Hall, Music, UC Santa Cruz
12:15-2:30 PM Session 7: Lunch Panel: Punjab’s Future – What’s to be Done?
Panelist: Dr. Narinder Singh Kapany, Sikh Foundation
Panelist: Dr. Ajit Singh, Artiman Ventures and Stanford University
Panelist: Mr. Michael Singh, Filmmaker
Panel Chair: Dr. Inder Mohan Singh, LynuxWorks and Chardi Kalaa Foundation

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