The Ambedkar lecture series is made possible with support from the Office of the EVP of Arts and Sciences; Barnard's Office of the Provost; Office of the Deans of the 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; Columbia University Libraries; and Columbia University Press
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.