International Conference on Caste and Race Set for May 4-6 at UMass Amherst

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B. R. Ambedkar

The College of Education and the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies will host the fourth annual conference on Caste and Race: Reconfiguring Solidarities May 4-6 in N151 Integrated Learning Center at UMass Amherst.

The conference will focus on caste in India and race relations in the U.S. It will feature presentations by leading scholars and activists and highlight discussions of new research, theory and politics in the pursuit of racial justice.

B. R. Ambedkar

All events on Friday, May 4 are free and open to the public, with a full conference registration fee of $40 for students; $90 for UMass and Five College faculty, as well as for a spouse or companion; and $175 for all others.

This conference was first launched by the Center for Global Development and Sustainability (GDS) at Brandeis University in 2015. It is part of a series of conferences on “The Unfinished Legacy of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar,” which celebrates the work of Ambedkar, an Indian scholar, politician and activist who fought against India’s caste system.

The event is sponsored by the UMass Amherst Chancellor’s Office, W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies, and College of Education; GDS at ​Brandeis University; the India-China Institute, New School for Social Research; and Boston Study Group.

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