ICLS’s Understanding Systemic Racism Fall 2020 web series
Dear ICLS Community,
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.
This series was made possible thanks to the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement.
The Fall 2020 Webinar Series [Spring 2021 can be found here.]
“Isaac Woodard and Isabel Wilkerson”
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, University Professor
with Yosan Alemu, CC’21 and Nwakego Nwasike, Alumna, American Studies at CSER, and moderated by Brent H. Edwards, Peng Professor of English and Comparative Literature
September 25, 2020
“Race, the Human and Humanity in These Times”
Étienne Balibar, Columbia University
with Nahum Chandler, UC Irvine
Friday, October 9 at 12:00PM EST
“Urban Democracy: Caste and the City”
Suryakant Waghmore, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
Moderated by Ana Paulina Lee, Columbia University
Friday, October 23 at 10:00AM EST
“Race, Caste and Democracy”
Nico Slate, Carnegie Mellon University
response by Sonali Perera, Hunter College
Friday, November 6 at 12:30PM EST
The Third Annual Ambedkar Lecture is cosponsored by the Office of EVP of Arts and Sciences; Barnard Provost’s Office; Office of the Deans of Humanities and Social Sciences; IRAAS; AAADS; IRCPL; MESAAS; CSER; CU Libraries; and CU Press
We hope you join us and please share this announcement with your lists.