Inaugural Ambedkar Lectures

R. Ambedkar is arguably one of Columbia University’s most illustrious alumni, whose ideas and activism has shaped the world’s largest democracy, India. The Ambedkar Lectures explore his continued relevance for discussions of social justice, affirmative action, and democratic thinking in a global frame.


The Ambedkar Lectures are hosted by ICLS and supported by: Office of the EVP (Columbia); Dean of Humanities (Columbia); Office of the Provost (Barnard); CCCT; ICLS; IRAAS; MESAAS; and the Heyman Center and the Society of Fellows in the Humanities



Global Ambedkar 

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Time: 6:30PM- 8PM

Venue: James Room, Barnard Hall


Etienne Balibar (Anniversary Chair Professor, CRMEP and Columbia University)

Nahum Chandler (UC-Irvine)

Gopal Guru (JNU, Editor, Economic and Political Weekly )

Gayatri Spivak (University Professor, Columbia))


Moderated by:

Debjani Ganguly (UVa) and Anupama Rao (Barnard, Columbia)



Ambedkar Now

Friday, October 19, 2018

Time: 6:30-8:30PM, followed by public reception

Venue: Davis Auditorium


Sudipto Mondal (Investigative journalist, Hindustan Times)



Invite-Only workshop on Friday, October 19, from 10AM-4:PM at the Heyman Center Common Room


Please contact Josue David Chavez, for further details about the workshop.