Past Event

A talk by Suraj Yengde (Harvard)

April 25, 2022
4:15 PM - 5:45 PM
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A talk by Suraj Yengde (Harvard)

“Global Caste - Early Histories, Present Politics”

Co-sponsored by the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society and the Ambedkar Initiative

This will be a hybrid event with options to attend online or in person.  To register to attend online, use the link below

You must have a valid Columbia ID card and green pass to attend in person.  Seating is limited - please register to attend in person to.William Carrick at <[email protected]>.

Location:  Room 208 Knox Hall (606 West 122nd Street, between Broadway and Claremont)

Dr. Suraj Yengde is a Research Associate at the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. Previously, he was Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, a non-resident fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, and was part of the founding team of Initiative for Institutional Anti-Racism and Accountability (IARA) at Harvard University. He is India’s first Dalit to earn a Ph.D. from an African university (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg), and is an International Human Rights attorney by qualification in India and the UK.

Dr. Yengde was nominated for India's highest literary award, the Sahitya Akademi, and is a recipient of the Dr. Ambedkar Social Justice Award (Canada, 2019) and the Rohit Vemula Memorial Scholar Award (2018).  He was named as one of the "25 Most Influential Young Indians" by GQ magazine and the "Most influential Young Dalit" by Zee.

Dr. Yengde is the author of Caste Matters (2019), which was featured in the "Best Nonfiction Books of the Decade" list by The Hindu, and is being translated into seven languages.  He co-edited, with Anand Teltumbde, the award winning anthology The Radical in Ambedkar (2018).  Suraj's forthcoming book projects include a biography of Dr. B R Ambedkar, and "Caste: A New History of the World.”