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Dismantling Casteism & Racism: Symposium

Continuing the Unfinished Legacy of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar
Saturday, October 12, 2019
10:00 AM-3:00 PM
Vandenberg - 2nd Floor Michigan League Map
The Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies (A/PIA) Program & the Ambedkar Association of North America have co-organized a symposium at the University of Michigan to address the theme “Dismantling Casteism and Racism.” The symposium will examine the contemporary and historical intersections between anti-racist and anti-caste struggles in South Asia and the U.S. (Room TBD)

Light lunch will be provided. Please RSVP here:


Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd, Ph.D. is an award-winning scholar, political theorist, and one of the most prominent anti-caste activists and intellectuals in India. He is currently the director of the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy at Maulana Azad National Urdu University. Prof. Shepherd’s most recent publications include Turning the Pot, Tilling the Land: Dignity of Labour in Our Times (with co-writer Durgabai Vyam, 2007) and a memoir titled From a Shepherd Boy to an Intellectual (2019).

Thenmozhi Soundararajan is a U.S.-based filmmaker, transmedia artist, and Dalit rights activist. She is the founder of Equality Labs, an organization that uses community research, socially engaged art, and technology to end the oppression of caste apartheid, Islamophobia, white supremacy, and religious intolerance. In 2015, Soundararajan was was a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation fellow, during which time she helped curate #DalitWomenFight, a transmedia project and activist movement.

Ronald E. Hall, Ph.D. is Professor of Social Work at Michigan State University. His research specializations includes a focus on intraracial racism, colorism, caste, and mental health. His publications include The Color Complex: The Politics of Skin Color Among African Americans (edited), and The Scientific Fallacy and Political Misuse of the Concept of Race.

Ankita Nikalje is a Doctoral Student in the Counseling Psychology program at the College of Education at Purdue. Her research focuses on the continued psychological impacts of colonization in South Asian populations, and seeks to understand how historical oppression and current experiences of racism impact mental and physical health.

Manan Desai is an Assistant Professor in the Program of Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies and the Department of American Culture.

Co-sponsored by the Department of American Culture, the Center for South Asian Studies, the Barger Leadership Program, the Department of History, the Department of English Language & Literature, the Periyar Ambedkar Study Circle, the Association for India’s Development
Building: Michigan League
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: American Culture, Anthropology, Asia, Culture, Diversity, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Free, Humanities, Inclusion, India, Interdisciplinary, Multicultural
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies, Center for South Asian Studies, Department of American Culture, Department of History, Barger Leadership Institute, Department of English Language and Literature, Barger Leadership Institute