ICLS announces Understanding Systemic Racism Fall 2020 web series

October 27, 2020 – Topics of Interest

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.

The event schedule:

“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
Race, Caste and Social Justice

Isabel Wilkerson, author of Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
Friday, November 13 at 6:30PM EST

*this event is only open to CU/Barnard affiliates*
Registration opens October 15 at 12:00PM 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.



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