The video recordings of the Inaugural Ambedkar Lectures are available on Youtube to view. To access the videos, click here and here.

Please note that these events are first come, first seated. Limited seating is available.

Inaugural Ambedkar Lectures B.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; SAI; the Society of Fellows and Heyman Center in the Humanities.


Global Ambedkar 

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Time: 6:30PM- 8:30PM

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 Anupama Rao (Barnard, Columbia)

Welcome and introductions by David Madigan, Sarah Cole, and Anupama Ra


Ambedkar Now

Friday, October 19, 2018

Time: 6:30-8:30PM

Venue: Davis Auditorium [Directions to Davis Auditorium]

Sudipto Mondal (Investigative journalist, Hindustan Times)

Gaiutra Bahadur (Author of Coolie Women)


Closing remarks by Ira Katznelson

Please contact Josue David Chavez, for further details.