For the past few years ago I have been serving as a keynote speaker, giving talks, hosting interactive cartoon workshops, stereotype realization workshops, sitting on panels at conferences, public schools, independent schools, universities, companies, hospitals, libraries, museums, government agencies, film festivals among other venues.
In the past few months I have given talks at NASA, Google, Apple, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Town Hall Seattle.
The audience for my talks ranges from schools, colleges, companies, conferences, non-profit organizations, libraries, retreats, government agencies, police departments, educators, hospitals, diversity events, social change events, artists.
My talks focus on the confining nature of labels and how despite their utility certain manifestations of labels do a disservice to the narrative of our lives. This has wide reaching impact on policy making, workplace practices, education efforts, true representation of our diverse perspectives, just about every aspect of our lives.
It is imperative we confront our own stereotypes and their place in our lives. Embracing our vulnerabilities creates the potential for change, for taking the path less taken, for acting outside the box, for genuinely learning about our true selves. We need to create spaces to manifest our stories on an equal platform. To express our stories and most importantly to listen to other stories.
I offer two types of workshops. For school students I follow my story telling sessions with interactive cartoons workshops. The idea is not to teach the physical skill to draw but to stoke the imagination to self reflect the young students story. To pen down ones aspirations or frustrations into the contures of illustrated lines. These last approximately 30 minutes.
The stereotype realization workshop is for middle to high schoolers and adults. It creates a space to honestly relfect on the stereotypes in our lives. The ones directed at us and those we direct at others. The key is to realize we are not alone in snap judging others. There are implicit and explicit biases. By confronting our thoughts and actions without judgement leads to avenues for real change. This workshop ranges from 45-90 minutes.
Student Cartoon Art Gallery
Teaching Tolerance Lesson Plans:
Behind the Shield: Meet Cartoonist Vishavjit Singh aka Captain America! | Spring 2015
Small Stories with Superheroes: Lesson Plan Inspired by Behind The Shield | July 27, 2016
Toolkit for Behind the Shield | Spring 2015
Exploring Sikh Representation Through Cartoons | Grade Level 9-12
Related News Links:
Sikh Captain America wants to break down racial barriers | King 5 News (NBC), March 7th, 2018
Sikh Captain America visits Highline students | Highline Times, March 12, 2018
Sikh Captain America Visits and Inspires Friends' Central Middle Schoolers | Friends Central School, Feb 2, 2018
Maine Voices: A Captain America for civil rights | Press Herald, May 29, 2016
Fighting Enmity Against Sikhs With Art, Talks and Superhero Garb | NY Times, Sept 19, 2014
Behind the Shield - Meet cartoonist Vishavjit Singh, aka CAPTAIN AMERICA! | Spring 2015