Sikh Conference at Library of Congress Highlights Traditions and History

Sikh Temple in Edmonton [Canada]
The history, culture and traditions of Sikhs worldwide were the focus of a two-day national conference at the Library of Congress on June 18-19, 2009. Scholars, historians, authors, artists and industry leaders gathered to discuss Sikh-American contributions to the prosperity of American society.
Some of the highlights included:
A Book Reception and Cutural Program
Sen. Ben Cardin speaking on “Portraits of Courage”
A session on Achievements of Extraordinary Sikh Women in Art
Senator Richard Lugar, Congressman Mike Honda and Congressman Chris Van Hollen as featured speakers

From Library of Congress news release:
“Sikh-Americans have significantly contributed to every field of human endeavor from technology, commerce, health, science, agriculture, to the arts, further enriching the cultural fabric of this land of immigrants,” said Kaur Foundation President Mirin Kaur.”
“As our nation grows and becomes more diverse, it is critical that we appreciate and understand the different backgrounds of all that make this country great,” said Asian Division Chief Peter Young.”