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A few weeks ago I happened to hear a bunch of residents going back and forth about Hopkins, a new TV show with underlying themes similar to most medical TV shows: trauma and drama. Although I groaned after I realized it was also a glorifying advertisement for the institution, the characters in this series prevented me from outright disliking it. They include Herman Singh Bagga, a fourth-year medical student at the time of shooting. ABC proudly displays his synopsis on its site: “He says being a Sikh puts a special responsibility on him because he may be the only member of his group an outsider meets. He views wearing a turban as an advantage because it makes him easy to remember.”

Born and reared in Erie, Pennsylvania, Herman is now at UCSF for his internship and residency. Awesome to see the Sikh identity intact and its representation held strong and celebrated in full force from schools, hospitals, resident banter, and TV screens coast to coast.

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Each time I take a look at the Sikh Research Institute’s schedule of upcoming events I hold my breath. Why? I am rarely in the same locale as where their fantastic and engaging lectures are given. And I often can’t make it when they are in my neighborhood. In response to what must have been years of whining from hypercarbic sangat like me, the Institute announced the launch of a series of online-workshops or webinars. Now folks who live outside of Toronto, Texas, California, or the UK can take part in live interactive web seminars and engage with presenters and other attendees in real-time. The first webinar series will center around the themes of Sikhi (A Gurmat Framework), Bani (The Idea), Tavarikh (The Revolution) and Rehit (The Lifestyle) and address key historical, social and theological topics of importance to the Sikh community. Register here for the first of four 90-minute sessions to be held on September 13 at 12:00PM CST. The first four sessions are free; afterwards there will be a weekly registration fee.

A great big thank you to the Institute for their wonderful seva directed towards the global Sikh community.

Just a few weeks after the release of The X-Files sequel comes verification of the Unidentified Sikh. He proudly goes by Manpreet Singh.

See? The answers are there… you just have to know where to look. Just like Scully said in the pilot episode. I can’t vouch for the recent release, but watching the progression of Scully’s deep skepticism and unwaivering belief in science in Season 1 morph into tolerance of her faith and ultimately a belief in the unknown by Season 6 was fascinating. A neat review of the movie in The Christian Post concludes “that our future is found in joining both heart and mind, reason and faith, science and religion to address all aspects of life is a message that this new X-Files [film] graphically presents.” Looks like the movie may be worth checking out.