November 13, 2020



6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Event Organizer

The Ambedkar Initiative at Columbia University
Anupama Rao, Associate Director of ICLS

Event Sponsor

The Ambedkar Initiative at ICLS is supported by
Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement
Office of EVP of Arts and Sciences
Barnard Provost’s Office
Office of the Deans of Humanities and Social Sciences
Institute for Research in African-American Studies
African American and African Diaspora Studies Department
Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life
Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies Department
Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race
CU Libraries and CU Press

Event Co-Sponsor(s)

The Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University presents in conjunction with our Ambedkar Initiative

Understanding Systemic Racism: The Third Annual Ambedkar Lecture

“Race, Caste and Social Justice”

given by Isabel Wilkerson, author of Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson is the author of the New York Times’ bestseller The Warmth of Other Suns. She will be speaking on her latest book Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents.

About the Series:

The Institute for Comparative Literature and Society is committed to the goal of social justice through education and critical scholarship. To address the urgent need to combat racism in our times, we introduce a new 2020-2021 conversation/lecture series called “Understanding Systemic Racism” to reflect on the roots of racial discrimination, class oppression, colonial injustice, and other institutionalized oppression and sanction for violence against Black people and peoples of color. We stress the importance of opening the U.S. centered conversations surrounding race and identity toward a broad and comparative reckoning with racism and its violent histories around the world. This exciting webinar series is programmed in conjunction with our Ambedkar Initiative that links Columbia University with the anti-caste legacy of B. R. Ambedkar to reflect on his continued relevance to discussions about social justice, affirmative action, and democratic thinking in a global frame.


 The Heyman Center for the Humanities, Room B-101
74 Morningside Drive
New York, NY, 10027
  (212) 854-4541
  (212) 854-3099