The “Sikh Captain America” to Speak at UC Riverside

Cartoonist and artist Vishavjit Singh will give a free public lecture on Nov. 3

Vishavjit Singh will give a free, public lecture at UCR on Nov. 3.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – The University of California, Riverside’s Asian Pacific Student Programs will host “Superheroes, Turbans, and New Cultural Narratives,” a lecture with cartoonist, writer, and artist Vishavjit Singh on Thursday, Nov. 3 in HUB 302.

Singh is best known for his work as an editorial cartoonist who has documented the life of Sikhs in the aftermath of 9/11. He uses cartooning and performance art to confront intolerance, fear and anxiety with humor and compassion. “I use my costume play to strike conversations and overcome people’s stereotypes about who I might be because people don’t know who Sikhs are,” Singh said.

He has carried his work and message across the U.S. from Mississippi to Kansas, Michigan, Maryland, New York, Maine and California, as he hosts talks and workshops that have been covered and featured in various news outlets including The New York Times, The Atlantic, NPR, MSNBC, and Time magazine. He also released a short film in 2015 titled “Red, White & Beard.”

During Singh’s stop at UCR, he will encourage students to get out and vote during the general election on Nov. 8. He will also share his story and mission – that people need to use compassion to build bridges despite our different background, beliefs, and race – via cartoons, hoping to shatter stereotypes along with way

“Having Vishavjit Singh visit UCR is important for our students, as he provides a message that is needed with all the negative talk that surrounds the presidential candidates,” said William Caganap, the director of Asian Pacific Student Programs. “Vishavjit’s message of tolerance and understanding will hopefully bring optimism to our students about the process and inspire them to do their part in changing the narrative.”

The lecture is free and open to the public. The first half of the event is a turban tying workshop, and will take place from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Then, from 2:45 to 4 p.m., the “Talk with Vishavjit Singh,” will take place. “Superheroes, Turbans, and New Cultural Narratives,” is co-sponsored by the Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion; the Religious Studies, Media and Cultural Studies Department; and the Mechanical Engineering Departments.

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