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Drawn to Diversity Activist-Artist series to host survivor of genocidal Sikh killings

Alfred University’s (AU) Drawn to Diversity 2014-15 Activist-Artist Series – “Exploring Equality Through Art” – kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 17, with illustrator/activist Vishavjit Singh. His talk, open to the public, begins at 8:20 a.m. in Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center.

At 12:20 p.m., the public is invited to join in on a career talk, also in Nevins Theater. This will be an interview-style conversation about career choices, logistics, funding, and the education recommended for success as an artist and activist.

Later in the day, at 3:20 p.m. the University’s Drawn to Diversity Class and Club will be in Nevins Theater for a hands-on activity inspired by the visiting artist’s work. All are welcome.

All of the sessions with Singh are free of charge.

Singh, a survivor of the 1984 genocidal killings of Sikhs in India, creates political cartoons that focus on the latest social, economic, and religious developments within the Sikh community and around the world. He also uses CosPlay, or costume role playing, to engage audiences in his lively presentations. His cartoons are created weekly and appear on his website,

Singh studied biological sciences at the University of California-Santa Barbara and earned a master’s degree in biostatistics/epidemiology from the University of California-Berkeley. He currently resides in New York.

The “Exploring Equality Through Art” series will feature artists throughout the academic year, including Dr. Ian Wilson, radiologist and activist, in November 2014; Jeff Shang, photographer and activist, in January 2015; and Luana Génot, fashion designer and activist, in March 2015. The series is co-sponsored by the AU Student Senate and the School of Art and Design.

Drawn to Diversity was founded in 2006 at AU with the mission to combine creativity and social justice to promote equality, reduce violence, and strengthen communities. The group, known as the Art Force Five, leads community-based art projects, creativity workshops, and engaging history exhibits.