Inaugural Ambedkar Lectures 2018

Thursday, October 18 - Saturday, October 20
Barnard and Columbia Campuses


B. R. Ambedkar is one of Columbia University’s most illustrious alumni, and a political thinker and constitutional lawyer whose thought and activism has shaped the world’s largest democracy. 

In 2018, the Inaugural Ambedkar Lectures have been planned as a series of three public events to recognize Ambedkar’s continuing relevance for social justice activism and democratic thought in global frame.

Global Ambedkar
Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018
Time: 6:30PM- 8PM
Venue: James Room, 4th Floor Barnard Hall
Etienne Balibar (Anniversary Chair Professor, CRMEP and Columbia University)
Nahum Chandler (UC-Irvine)
Gopal Guru (JNU, Editor, Economic and Political Weekly)
Gayatri Spivak (University Professor, Columbia)
Moderated by: Debjani Ganguly (UVa) and Anupama Rao (Barnard, Columbia)
Ambedkar Now
Date: Friday, October 19, 2018
Time: 6:30-8:30PM, followed by public reception
Venue: Davis Auditorium, Directions
A Lecture by Sudipto Mondal (Investigative journalist, Hindustan Times)

Followed by a conversation with Gaiutra Bahadur, author of Coolie Woman.

Wikipediathon: Rewriting Dalit History
Date: Saturday, October 20, 2018
Time: 11AM- 3PM
Venue: Studio(at)Butler, Butler Library, Columbia University
Hosted by  Thenmozhi Soundarajan (Equality Labs) with the support of Josue David Chavez (ICLS), and co-sponsored by XP Methods.

This edit-athon will explore a Wikipedia called “Bahujan Pedia” that will allow users to enter content about Dalit contribution to history around the world including about the experience of caste in the diaspora gathered from a recently concluded caste survey.

The Ambedkar Lectures are hosted by ICLS and supported by: Office of the EVP (Columbia); Dean of Humanities (Columbia); Office of the Provost (Barnard); CCCT; ICLS; IRAAS; MESAAS; SoF/Heyman Center; SAI.


Oct. 18, 2018 (All day)