On July 9, 2019, University Professor Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak gave a lecture at her alma mater Presidency University, Kolkata to mark the occasion of Professor of English Swapan Kumar Chakravorty’s retirement.  In addition to serving as  Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, Chakravorty has served as Professor of English at Jadavpur University, Director General of the National Library of India, as well as secretary and curator of Victoria Memorial Hall in Kolkata. Professor Spivak’s talk addressed the topic of Kayastha, an upper-level caste of Hindu people group living in India.